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Old 10-05-2012, 04:36 PM
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Default Sighthounds off leash...

So I have a question and I would like some opinions.

Sighthounds interest me a lot, while I will probably stick to herding breeds for the most part, I could see myself owning some type of sighthound as well. One thing that seems to be a common theme in the articles I have read is their inability to be reliable off-leash. Everything seems to say that they must be kept on-leash unless in a well-fenced area. So as a person living in a suburban neighbourhood, the only well-fenced areas that I can legally allow the dog to be off-leash in are actual dog parks. This brings me to the next point I have been seeing a lot of - large sighthounds should not be trusted around small dogs in a situation where they are running because their prey drive may kick in. So now taking the dog to an enclosed dog park is out of the question, as we don't have size limits for our parks here.

What's the deal, sighthound owners? Do you keep yours on leash at all times or happen to find convenient places that lack small dogs and are fenced in? Never being able to let the dog off-leash for some freedom seems like no fun to me, so is keeping a sighthound not a good idea for someone like myself?

Edit: I guess I probably could have put this in the breeds section... Sorry! Oh and some of the breeds that appeal to me are borzois, whippets, silken windhounds, scottish deerhounds and irish wolfhounds
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