American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine - Volume 10 - 1839 - The Deerhound by By John Stuart Skinner
THE HIGHLAND DEER-HOUND.
The principal figure on the beautiful vignette upon our title-page, is a sketch from life of the celebrated Scotch deer-hound, Buskar. The following brief notice of the breed, is from Scrope's work upon Deer Stalking:—
" The finest, I believe, and apparently the purest specimens of the deer-hound now to be met with, are those in the possession of Captain M'Neill, the younger, of Colonsay, of which he has in particular two dogs, Buskar and Bran, and two bitches, Runa and Cavack.
" These dogs, though all more or less related to each other, vary somewhat in color, two being of a pale yellow, and two of a sandy Ted ; and vary also in the length and quality of the hair.
" There is one peculiarity common to all, viz.: that the tips of their ears, eyes, and muzzles, are black, and that in all other parts they are each of one uniform color, a never-failing accompaniment of purity of breed.
" In their running points they bear a great similarity to a well-bred greyhound; and, though somewhat coarser, are supposed (from the trials which have been made) to be quite as swift. Their principal difference in shape from the common greyhound consists in a greater height of shoulder, thickness of neck, size of head and muzzle, and coarseness of bone. They are much more sagacious than the common greyhound, and in disposition are more playful and attached, but much bolder and fiercer when roused.
" The following are the dimensions of Buskar, taken in August, 1836 :—
Height at shoulder 28 inches
Girth of chest 82
"Weight in running condition 85 Ibs.
" This dog is of a pale yellow, and appears to be remarkably pure in his breeding, not only from his shape and color, but from the strength and wiry elasticity of his hair, which by Highlanders is thought to be a criterion of breeding."