By Marylane Brett
When you picture a track and field competitor, do you envision a strong, well-muscled body propelled by long, lean legs capable of great speed? With their Greyhound-type build, Scottish Deerhounds have a lot in common with human athletes.
Deerhounds can run great distances effortlessly; they enjoy any opportunity to stretch their legs. That’s why they make great jogging or hiking companions and thrive on other fast-paced athletic challenges, such as agility trails and lure coursing. If regular exercise is already your habit, a Scottish Deerhound may be the perfect dog for you.
A Wee Bit of Advice
There are a few things you should know about the Great Hound of Scotland, as the Scottish Deerhound is known. First, it’s important to introduce exercise gradually to puppies for proper bone and joint development. Let them play at will and off-leash in a safely fenced space. At 8 weeks of age, start leash-walking short distances, working up to running and jumping when their bodies are more mature.
A few other breed-specific care factors to consider:
Make sure you get your Scottish Deerhound puppy from a reputable breeder. Ask to see the pup’s parents. And don’t hesitate to ask the breeder for advice throughout the dog’s lifetime, including tips about clubs and activities that cater to Scottish Deerhound devotees. Like any dog breed, the Scottish Deerhound will mature into an exceptional canine with early socialization and consistent training.
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