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The Deerhound, the Royal Dog of Scotland, was bred in the Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland. Bred to run down, catch and kill the red deer, it is built for speed and stamina. Revered for its courage and tenacity as a stag hunter, it was not until the introduction of improved firearms that its skills were no longer in great demand. Deerhounds have been in Australia since early colonial times and were a much-needed aid in supplying meat, by keeping down the kangaroo population. Later they were used for killing the dingo and fox that preyed upon the sheep flocks.

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