The Deerhound, like my personal favorite, the Irish Wolfhound, has been around since the time of the Romans, perhaps even longer. They became "deerhounds" for their skill in hunting
When the Jacobites lost the battle of Culloden the English made the Scottish pay with their clan system which collapsed, and with it, the breeding of Deerhounds. By 1769 the breed, so valued for its deer-hunting skills was close to extinction. The Deerhound however, is a comeback kid, and in 1825 a restoration of the breed was undertaken by the 1st Baron Colonsay and his brother. The restoration was successful and if it weren't we couldn't have been celebrating Hickory's victory today. Enjoy that Sardi's steak, Hickory!