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Old 07-02-2012, 10:22 AM
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Who has experience with them?

We're looking at the breed for the future. Denis' dream dog has always been an Irish wolfhound but we're considering a Scottish deerhound as well. This wouldn't be for a long time, well after both of the pit bulls go.

Anyone have experience with the breed? Pros, cons, where do they fit best?
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:24 AM
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I groom one. Really neat dog. Very much a hound.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:47 AM
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Whether an IW or a deerhound, it MUST be named Gandolf.

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Old 07-02-2012, 10:57 AM
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Hahahahaha okay!

I honestly know nothing about them, I have known several IW and they're awesome but the lifespan freaks me out and from what I have read the deerhounds can be a bit longer lived?

Behavior wise I'm totally clueless. I'm pretty sure eventually I'll own a whippet but this "giant scruffy" is really a Denis pick for our "chill and cuddle" dog.
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They are what I'd consider a heartache breed. Usually dead by 9, usually from bone cancer or bloat. They have a long history of being REALLY inbred - not just a wee bit but WOW inbred.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:05 AM
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That's a huge bummer :-/ is the same to be said for Borzoi? I've tried to encourage them in exchange and he's slightly perked. I really don't want an IW for the heartbreak factor so replacing that with a deerhound heartbreak is pointless.
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I know a couple here that do agility and obedience, but yeah they may not be as heartbreaky as IW but they don't seem to be long-lived.
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Honestly, if the breed is right for you, the "heartbreak" factor is worth it. Great Danes are known for it....you just do the best you can, stack the odds in your favor, and enjoy the wonderful times you do have. Then again, many do live long lives, my mom's was over 15 when she passed.

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All giant breeds are heartbreak breeds. They just don't have the longevity, whether it is based from inbreeding, or from genetic issues that only crop up once you hit a certain mass/size, I really don't know. However, they do have unique and wonderful personalities that make their short life well worth enjoying.

I've not had a Deerhound, but I do have the Wolfhounds. Yes, they have short lifespans. But there's just something special about them I dread the day when Renee passes, but I believe it just makes it more important to enjoy the good times while you have them. They are not a breed that should be taken for granted.
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Have you thought about an American staghound? I don't really know much about them but they do the scruffy sighthound thing and I bet they're much healthier on average.
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