The standard says - Gentle and friendly, obedient and easy to train because eager to please. Docile, good-tempered, never suspicious, aggressive or nervous. Carries himself with quiet dignity.
These hounds, should not, in our opinion, be nervous or suspicious. They should have the confidence to be out and about amongst other dogs and people. However, it must never be forgotten that they are huge dogs capable of inflecting great damage. Hounds who know their place in life are happy hounds and it is the responsibility of us, the owners, to teach them good manners.
Owners of male stud dogs, especially young ones, would be wise to be aware of what their hound is doing at all times. We have seen situations occur where males will eye each other up without the knowledge of the owners and it is just those sorts of occasions where dogs will flair and 'have a go' . They are often in the company of 'their' females and so are doing what comes naturally, defending their harem. This is not necessarily a bad temperament.
Bitches coming in and out of season can be nervous around young males and will often growl if bothered, again this is not anything unusua,l so it is up to owners to keep the hounds in good order at all times.
These dogs are sighthounds and their quarry is the red stag. (SEE BELOW) This instinct is still strong and so hounds should not be allowed to mug smaller dogs while on a walk. We know of many deerhounds that are around farm stock, sheep and smaller dogs without a problem but they have been taught to behave, personally, I would not trust my dogs, they have never encountered sheep or farm stock and so I know they would chase them but our little Bassett Fauve Rosie and Flea our miniature horse is quite safe.
Deerhounds do not generally make good guard dogs, just occasionally one may take on the role but it is rare. However their sheer size is usually a good deterrent.
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