The American Staghound took only best traits from both breeds. Actually it was not created as a result of a singular breeding of the pure-blooded Scottish Deerhound and the pure-blooded Greyhound but it had been rather perfected by extensive breeding experiments over several hundred generation with different proportions of above-mentioned breeds. From the Deerhound it inherited its rough coat, fabulous nose and superb robustness and from the Greyhound the breed acquired its agility and speed. General George A. Custer included several Staghounds in his dog pack, which he applied for coursing on different species of North American animals.
Currently the dog isn’t recognised as a distinct breed by any reputable kennel club and its breeders have no intention to seek for approval of the American Kennel Club (AKC) in any foreseeable future. The American Staghound preserves most of its superb working characteristics and it still actively performs its original duties of quarry coursing.
As a rule the American Staghound demonstrates its usual laid-back attitude in the presence of unfamiliar people. Though majority of the dogs remain wary during the first meeting and don’t like to be petted by strangers. Thanks to its excellent scenting ability as well as to its acute sight the dog can be turned into a good watch dog. However the American Staghound will become an awful guard dog because it lacks protective instincts.
This breed has a great experience of working in a pack so it’s deprived of any type of canine aggression. Nonetheless it’s not advisable to keep the American Staghound with a toy breed as it can seriously hurt it during some vigorous game. The breed has been refined on its hunting capabilities over several hundreds of generations and it possesses an incredibly powerful hunting drive. Some specimens will never be able to suppress it even in relation to a home cat with which it has been reared together. That’s why it’s also highly important to keep this dog muzzled and on a leash at all times while during the walk.
• sensitivity to anaesthesia;
• gastric torsion.
The rest includes basic care as nail trimming, ears cleaning and teeth brushing. This breed sheds moderately.
This dog works best if stimulated with plenty of gentle verbal encouragement and tasty incentives. The American Staghound will act defiantly and even aggressively if you resort to hard corrective methods of training.
The adult dog will be an excellent companion for sport minded individual, who loves jogging or riding a bike. The American Staghound does adapt to a big city life but it’s certainly a rural boy, which craves nothing more than to burn its excessive energy in a free run (preferably during a hunt).