|Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M|
I DO Exist...To- Drive You Batty
|Barked: Sun Apr 19, '09 9:32am PST |
|People will always be Irish Wolfhound batty. They are so awesome, you meet them and they have such a regal air, then you hang with them and they have this wisdom and kindness that just dominates. But whereas the Irish Wolfhound seems like some supersized perfect pet, the Scottish Deerhound is something more exotic. I am glad you are interested
To be real, none of us really think of the Irish as a "sighthound" beyond the mere function of the term. No, to us "sighthound" means that aloof, proper, almost deer-like Bedouin dog, reflective of a different culture. That is one of the fascinating things in the world of dogs to me....the cultural reflection we see in breeds. While the Scottish Deerhound is more reminiscent of that sighthound type than the IW, we do see the fruits of him being influenced by his more European roots and their sensibilities, namely that for a sighthound he is more emotive and willing and often more expressively kind. This is a dog with a gentle soul and much sweetness. Because he is more expressive, you can see the vulnerability in his sensitivity more strikingly. He wants to belong to you, is a very dear dog, and can be quite gracious.
In the home, if the IW is a couch potato, the Scottish Deerhound is a mashed potato The IW is calm, yes, but an attentive and doting companion, whereas the Scottish Deerhound is less ever-present, showing more of that "house lounger" vibe we expect. Let him know when something interesting is going on and he'll been keen to join you, but for the moment he wants to know where that darn pillow is He will gladly share his affections if you come to him, though, and is more expressive than you might think. The Scottish Deerhound actually has a frisky side and a naughty sense of humor, is more socially inclined, and once outside you get to see his vibrancy of character come more into element. And not only that.....I personally find this dog striking to watch....floats across the ground with almost a delicacy, as if on eggshells - marvelous suspension.
You will find the Scottish Deerhound to be keener and extremely willing. The regalness and hugeness of the IW does take from them a certain hup-to-it-ness by some views. Both breeds are extremely gentle, but the IW is the more stable dog....indeed beyond the point of comparison, for that stability defines him....whereas the Scottish Deerhound a little more tentative. The chase reflex is probably stronger in the Scottish Deerhound. You will find he is more inherently inclined not to listen when he has better things to do as well, and a little more prone to find trouble to get into in unexpected ways. The irish Wolfhound can find trouble himself, but more within the realm of your expectation. Both the IW and the Scottish Deerhound do have some tendency towards shyness if improperly socialized, but with the Scottish Deerhound there is more of a natural caution, and due to the lesser stability (in comparison....do note this is a low key dog) they can be more easily affected. A very well reared Scottish Deerhound, however, can be outgoing and has the potential to be far less aloof than you might expect of a sighthound typically. They can, indeed, be bright and engaging. A lesser raised Scottish Deerhound may be flighty and nervous....the breed does not deal well with harsh words or abrupt change....so it really comes down to how well you raise them and how attentive you are to their feelings. The best raised Scottish Deerhounds can be effervescent and charming, but always, ALWAYS gentle and considerate.
As for training, well, Mia, you will have to be brave because I am going to use the "S" word you dread so. Yes....stubborn Or at least some people would say that. Not really, though - you just have to be sighthound fluid The Scottish Deerhound is actually a very willing partner and even eager to please you, but he is not going to hang on your every word and if there is nothing in it for him, you might lose his focus. Sighthounds aren't really with that OB thing Training needs to be refreshing, not laborious, and pleasantly enthusiastic. If they perceive a benefit to involving themselves they will, and if they do not, they won't. That's about the long and the short of it. IWs are more stereotypically easy to train, but they are not going to thrust themselves into the enterprise with reckless abandon. If you are a smart, interesting trainer who keeps things light and upbeat, a Scottish Deerhound can be a keen pupil. Utterly useless if a bunny runs across the field, though.....when that happens, he's gone in a flash!
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