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Irish Wolfhounds or Scottish Deerhounds?

At first recollection of those massive dogs from Gossip Girl, I immediately thought of Irish Wolfhounds. But, when reading the comments on Buzz's show recap, someone mentioned the Scottish Deerhound. What a rare breed indeed – at one point, no one ranked below an earl could own one – which would make it an appropriately elitist choice for the Archibald family. I'm still not sold either way but I found this video on YouTube of three dark and one cream Irish Wolfhound and two Scottish Deerhounds. Check it out and see if you can decide which breed best matches the dogs from Gossip Girl.

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LdyWlfhnd LdyWlfhnd 7 years
Being an owner of Irish Wolfhounds, the hounds I see in the Gossip Girl pictures are Irish Wolfhounds, not fully grown ones at that. Irish Wolfhounds are thicker and more muscular (my own weighing in between 170-185 lbs), while Scottish Deerhounds are leaner, shorter in stature, and more wiry-looking. Scottish Deerhounds and Irish Wolfhounds are indeed related, as the Irish Wolfhound was nearly extinct since wolves had been hunted out of existence in Ireland by Wolfhounds. Thus, in the late 1880s, Capt. Graham crossed the remaining IWs with Deerhounds. And while he didn't breed Great Danes with the cross between the Deerhound and Wolfhound, others did until the 1930s or so. That's why the breeds are very similar in appearance. While I don't watch the show, I'm happy to see Irish Wolfhounds appearing! :-)
Just-Oh Just-Oh 7 years
This might be a trick question. The two dark gray dogs look like deerhounds and the other more thickly built dogs look like wolfhounds. Deerhounds are certainly large but they are more leanly built, kind of like an overgrown greyhound. Which makes sense since both deerhounds and wolfhounds are related to greyhounds. This is all very confusing.
sandrap sandrap 7 years
I haven´t seen Gossp girl, but when i look at the pictures of that scene i believe they are Scottish Deerhounds.
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