Developed in the 17th century, the American Staghound is a result of crossing English Greyhounds with Irish Wolfhounds, Scottish Deerhounds and Lurchers introduced to the western United States to help protect early settlers and their livestock from indigenous predators, such as the coyote and wolf. This was also an immensely popular hunter of deer and other large game, a role the American Staghound enjoys to this day. Resilient and powerful, this agile sighthound is a very fast runner, strong and driven enough to overpower almost any prey it goes after. The American Staghound is primarily a working dog in need of plentiful excercise, but its rugged beauty, love of children and loyalty to its owner make it an amenable companion, if socialized and trained properly.
The coat is rough, dense and harsh, allowed in all colours. Average height is around 31 inches, although much smaller dogs exist.