The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art 1863. Deerhounds
The review article is talking about a visit to a dog show. The comments on the Deerhound are below. I also picked up a line in the wider article, which I like as it is a good example of the eloquency of the English language of that era. In this case a compliment to a lady.... "The Duchess of Manchester showed, side by side with the magnificent Sultan, another dog which was called a boar-hound, and, being a plain, business-like creature, was perhaps intended to set off his companion's remarkable beauty by the force of contrast". I love that tailpiece "by the force of contrast:... Now here is the Deerhound segment -
(The show was held in Islington, London)
Perhaps the class of deer-hounds exhibits more strongly than any other the development which dog-showing has undergone in the last twelve months. It did not appear surprising that this class on previous occasions should comprise only a few specimens, because the deer-hound, although classed as a sporting dog, must be propagated at the present day in England rather for ornament, and as an interesting relic of a past age, than for use in any kind of hunting. The stag-hound which is used to hunt the carted deer, and of which some specimens were exhibited, is altogether a different animal from the deer-hound, having a fox-hound's body with something of a blood-hound's head. The stag-hound, also, which is used to hunt tho wild deer on Exmoor, does not differ much from the fox-hound. It shows the extent to which the love of dog-breeding is carried, that of this noble, but not very serviceable class of animal, the deer-hound, there were in the Exhibition thirty-nine specimens, almost every one of which would have been thought, if seen alone, admirable. Our old friend Alder found himself in better, as well as more numerous, company than at Cremorne. He is considerably improved in health and looks since we had last the pleasure of conversing with him, but either from not being thoroughly recovered or from being exposed to more formidable competition than before, he did not on this occasion obtain a prize. There was another old acquaintance in the same row, No. 85, a yellow dog, who was by mistake placed at Cremorne among the foreign dogs next to a particularly amiable and handsome mastiff) who had also found his way to Islington. This yellow deerhound, although, perhaps, he shows less breeding than other dogs of his class, is a truly noble specimen, standing over a great space of ground, and having a back and loins almost strong enough for a horse. Doubtless the iron-grey is the handsomest, and it appears to be deemed the most perfect colour, as it took the first prize in each class, while the second prizes were carried off by Lord Stamford's pair of yellow dogs, Bran and Brenda. On account of the beauty as well as rarity of the deerhound this well-filled compartment of the show was one of the most attractive.