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Scottish Deerhound

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A very friendly and loveable breed, the Scottish Deerhound can come off as intimidating, however is very gentle. Described best as a gentleman, this breed is quite willful and rather difficult to train. Not recommended for a home with non-canine companions.
Quiet, loving, devoted and loyal, this loveable breed will surely steal the hearts of everyone he meets. Courageous yet friendly, this dog does well in a home environment with children. Slow learning however, this breed requires consistent training methods.

Does your dog bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
The Scottish Deerhound is a large breed that does exceptionally well with other animals and even small children. Tolerable and quiet, this breed makes an excellent child's companion. Socialization as a pup is required for any breed however. Does not do well with smaller animals.
The Wiry coat of the Scottish Deerhound should be brushed occasionally to keep shedding to a minimum. Generally an average shedding breed. Dead hairs should be plucked by professional groomer, as well as trimming. The Scottish Deerhound is overall somewhat easy to care for.

New dog owners, much like new parents, often have trouble deciding when it is necessary to seek medical attention for their dog or new puppy. The most basic rule of thumb is, if your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet. When is it time to see the Vet?
Coat on the Scottish Deerhound should be harsh and wiry. Ragged coated, crisp and thick, hair should lie closely to the body of said dog giving him a shaggy and unkempt appearance.
A slow learner, the Scottish Deerhound does not do well in obedience. This breed is easy to housetrain, yet difficult in obedience training. It is recommended that obedience classes be started as a pup to prevent later issues. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Scottish Deerhound puppy. However, if you’re looking for not just a housebreaking method, but are also interested in adapting your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons, crate training is for you.
Great for jogs; Scottish Deerhounds require a lot of exercise. Does well in a home environment, but should be exercised daily and does best with at least a large yard. This breed loves to run, and makes an excellent running or jogging partner. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy. You can help your pup learn to be friendly by properly socializing him/her to new people, places, and experiences.
Help reduce the number of Scottish Deerhound puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required. Even the most responsible puppy owner makes mistakes. Read up on these 15 common dog owner mistakes. Sometimes it just takes changing your own behavior to make your dog a little angel.
Male: 85-110; Female: 75-95 lbs
Male: 30-32; Female: 28 inches
All shades of gray and gray brindle, with dark blue-gray preferred;
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How small can other dogs be in the house with a Scottish Deerhound?

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The Scottish Deerhound is a gentle and easy-going breed of dog. If they are socialized properly, they can live with any size dog. With proper socialization as a puppy, breeding and training your Deerhound should be perfectly fine living in a home with any other sized dog. Prey drive would be the only concern you should have, in which can be curbed or stopped with lots of socialization and training.

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Are Scottish Deerhounds good watch dogs? Will they be vigilant at night and raise a ruckus if someone breaks in? I need a dog to sound the alarm at night so I can grab my pistol.



The Scottish Deerhound is not considered a watchdog breed. They are loving, gentle dogs that are quite docile when at home. I would not recommend one as a watchdog, as they are more likely to greet a stranger with a tail wag than a bark. However, they are a great companion dog.


If you are looking for a breed of dog whom will bark if someone breaks in, I would consider any of the typical watchdog breeds, such as the German Shepherd, Rottweiler, or Boxer. Although, there are several breeds of dogs that are more uncommon that are excellent watch dogs and great companion dogs. ie: Komondor, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Beauceron, Dogo Argentine, Plot Hound, Bloodhound, Boerboel and the Bouvier des Flanders. Please note that 'watchdog' and 'guard dog' are two different things. A watchdog will alert their owners to a stranger or intruder and will naturally put themselves in between their owner(s)/family and the stranger/intruder. While a guard dog is specifically trained to be used as a protection dog against a stranger/intruder.

Anonymous asked:
Will a Scottish Deerhound be able to take down a large buck for me?

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A Scottish Deerhound could, they like to hunt deer and things like that :)

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Do Scottish Deerhounds shed?

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Yes Scottish Deerhounds do shed.

Anonymous asked:
Can Scottish Deerhounds hunt? If so - what do they hunt?

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Scottish Deerhounds hunt everything!!!! They are sight hounds so anything from rats to deer.

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Updated: 6/30/2015