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Deerhounds are different 3 years 4 months ago #42281

I was reading a post in the section about a DH being in a general rescue centre and I totally agree that specific breeds should be handed over (but lots don't have room) to the specialised rehoming orgs. Greyhounds also appear in the Dogs Trust and National Animal Welfare Trust and they don't know the "ways" the dogs have.

Anyway, someone wrote that even if you've had Greys, having a DH is totally different and I hoped someone would give me an idea what this is. For about eighteen months we had an elderly DH/GH cross, a true longdog until she was attacked, yes, Smokey. I loved her more than any other dog we've had :( due mainly to her scruffy appearance & wonderful personality. :kiss:

We've just added a small GH girl to keep the two boys company and to cheer up my husband, which has worked. I've seen a DHx, I think, on the Evesham Lurcher rescue and am tossing up whether at 65yrs old we'd be daft to have four dogs. Insurance around this area, Watford, Herts is dear, as are vet fees! She'd be a crossbreed I guess so that'd make it cheaper.

I went to meet a 2yr old male DH yesterday and enjoyed being mugged !! Anyway, looking forward to your replies.
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Deerhounds are different 3 years 4 months ago #42282

The only problem with a deerhound once you have had one your addicted !!
I have had a rescue dh girl but am currently a mum to a rescue deerhound x greyhound a retired racing greyhound and 2 Bedlington whippets.
If you understand the weird ways of the sight hound you will get along fine with a deerhound x my lad Finn is a big daft baby and I would say that's the only real difference between him and my greyhound he's like a big kid that hasn't grown up but very much keeps an eye out for me , my greyhound sal is a bit more reserved and chilled if Finn wants a full on play session with me it can be quite lively !
If you have the room I'd say go for it ;) I still keep looking even tho I think 4 is enough !!
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Deerhounds are different 3 years 4 months ago #42283

Ps insurance for my dh x who is now 6 is about £18 a month :)
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Deerhounds are different 3 years 4 months ago #42291

Hello 3Hounds
I hope you find another deerhound or cross sometime soon. The loss of Smokey has traumatized all members of this forum I'm sure, so I can only imagine what it has done to you and your husband. So brutal and unspeakable, it chills the blood to even think about it.

Remember there is no age limit on happiness so I urge you not to deny yourself a sighthound based on how many birthdays you may have had! My pack is greater than four and yes, sometimes I think I must be mad, but the fact is, I am having a difficult time lately related to my dear husband's health and my deerhounds bring me comfort and strength and happiness and well, frankly I am indebted to these magnificent beasts for their peaceful, generous natures.

Pet insurance hasn't caught on in Canada. I don't know anyone who has it here or in the US where I also live. Is it absolutely necessary in Britain?

Good luck in your search. From what you've said it seems a deerhound is your heart's desire so why not have another one? :)
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Deerhounds are different 3 years 4 months ago #42292

Hi 3HOUNDS, glad to hear you have added a Greyhound to your pack, I hope she brings you some happiness.

Murphys insurance, just before we lost him at 8 was around £50 a month (I'm in Bushey), trouble is once you have a policy with one company, changing it, like you would do with a car, for a cheaper option isn't good as the new company hike it up.

I have had both Greyhounds and Deerhounds and I found them the same. Meg, the GH bitch was a hard work puppy, recall was zero. At that time I had Lurchers too who were beyond obedient, recall was 100%. She was strong willed. Fast forward a few years ago and we got Murphy, Deerhound. He was the same in the first couple of years, but he did change to a mellow, chilled boy. I too miss him so much. As soon as I can (I have not been well) I will be sourcing another Deerhound (I truly think my health problems were the result of losing him)
The saying "once youve had one, they are addictive" is very true. I'm like a childless women, cooing over Deerhound puppy photo's!!

If you are fit and healthy, don't deny yourself, because they do bring so much happiness to your life
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Deerhounds are different 3 years 4 months ago #42294

:) Strange that you live so near in Bushey - perhaps we should meet up?

I hope you'll be feeling better soon and on the DH trail. I will "casually" look for a DHx but do want an older one to fit in with the GH pack but floor/car space is another thing to consider, as well as insurance. We know someone in Leavesden who has a 2yr old male DH but I think they walk over this way. We go to the GH Walks saunters around this area and there's one tomorrow with the next one being a week on Sunday at Wheathampstead so look on Greyhounds Walks website, come along for some GH therapy!
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Deerhounds are different 3 years 4 months ago #42295

I used to walk mine down the Mundens/Wall Hall/Aldenham Golf Club area. Now I only down to a small Border Terrier I am a bit scared to do these walks on my own. There are some weird people about. Paddy (Border Terrier) is particular who he likes, small man syndrome. How strange there is another Deerhound in Leavesden, there is also another in Bushey, I saw him today in the back of an open top Mini (that was a sight!) There was also another called Milo who lived near Aldenham Golf Club, though I haven't seen him for a while, though hubby has.
I did once have a lady ring me and I am sure she was Watford somewhere, we arranged to arrange a get together but never did, then we lost Murphy. I do scan the sights, seeing whose having a puppy, but it is not the right time for us at the moment as I have only just gone back to work. Summer is the best time for a new puppy, back door always open and makes toilet training easier.
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Deerhounds are different 3 years 3 months ago #42315

Lovely to hear you have adopted another needy greyhound.

In my experience deerhounds differ from greys in their desire to want boistrous play - from either you (nips, leaps and the run-at-you-at-top-speed type) or other dogs (that don't generally tend to like it - unless they are another deerhound!); but then I have a male and I presume they are generally worse (he's nearly 6 years old now and still like it).
Also they are much keener on jumping and fences don't seem to be much of an obstacle if there's something they want to chase. Greys are much less likely to get up to this sort of mischief!

I have a very bad or sad habit of always looking at all the rescue sites (even though I'm currently at my maximum capacity "arms to number of leads I can manage" ratio!) so if I spot a deerhound type I will let you know - a good place to try is shropshire retired greyhound trust (frequently have deerhound types): shropshire.retiredgreyhou...pt-a-greyhound/
Or try a request in the homes offered section of "dog pages" - its THE site for dog rescue charities with very many of the members being volunteers at their local rescues - if they can't find you a hairy lurcher/deerhound type then no-one can! Here's the link: www.dogpages.org.uk/forums/index.php
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Deerhounds are different 3 years 3 months ago #42316

:) Thank you for the information but I have looked at so many sites now that my head is spinning and all confused.

I think it's best for me to just keep looking but not be tempted to find a hairy hound as we have three greys and the Mondeo estate needs a bit of room for then, us and our stuff for self catering holidays. We love going away with the hounds and have had a good week in Norfolk where greys are so popular. Off to Exmoor at the end of the month to get away from some of the firework noise.

I have come across some "DHx" but they have been rather odd mixtures and the majority of the dogs needing homes, whatever breeds, are puppies or up to about 3yrs. As we're 65 we would go for an older dog and smaller if possible. I must stop looking at the rehoming sites as it's become rather addictive!

Deerhounds are rather boisterous and I agree that the greys don't seem to like it much but I love to be able to play with a dog. I guess the greys do tear their skin very easily so it is probably that which makes them calmer. We did sit one evening looking at DHs playing on You Tube and had a good laugh. How I miss my Smokey. :woohoo:
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Deerhounds are different 3 years 3 months ago #42317

Oh I do feel for you - I remember when my darling Gussy Boy (who wasn't a deerhound! - actually a collie x staffie) died suddenly and I was so heartbroken and so missed him that I found myself wanting to find another the same to love. Part of the grieving process I guess because I couldn't replace him, but when we are so broken by loss we will grasp at any chance to have them back - but its not really them. I'm glad in the end I didn't rush out and find another straight away.

I am thinking of you in this hard time. Smokey sounds like an absolute darling, no wonder you miss her so.

I think you are right to not get a young deerhound or x as I think you may find they are a bit more boistrous/brattish! I now think that you really need two young deerhounds/crosses at a time to keep them happy - I thought my new greyhound would enjoy playing zoomies with Henry but she really won't play with him at all - not even running around in big circles - although she wants our other dog (Barney the staffie x labrador) to play this with her! Grace (the greyhound) just finds Henry too much full stop. Its very sad because my big boy is sooooo desperate for a really rough romp. Its all he wants to do really - apart from chase deer (or unfortunately sheep if I'm not really careful).
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Deerhounds are different 3 years 2 months ago #42343

How about this guy - he's 6 and he looks about greyhound size : www.grwe.com/dogs/murphy/
He's with Greyhound Rescue West of England
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Deerhounds are different 3 years 2 months ago #42345

:) Thank you. We're in Exmoor at the moment and did see Murphy the other day but there's a lot of interest in him. He's fostered in Devon and not enough time now for us to sort out but it'd be too complicated at such a distance from home in Herts .

Starting to think it's not meant to be because I saw one I'd really like - Bo on Oldies Club, lurcher but he looks DHx and is 10/11. He's with Dogs 4 Adoption based at Taunton, where we drove through to get to this self catering cottage so seemed "meant to be". However he was moved to a foster further away so we didn't meet him. He was also too big to get in the car comfortably with our 3 as he's 28 tts and about 30 long.

Saw Pepsi on Southern Lurcher Rescue, 10yrs but missed out as they'd already had enough applications in a short space of time.
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Deerhounds are different 3 years 2 months ago #42346

Deerhound x are popular when they end up in rescue aren't they? They seem to get snapped up very quickly and I'm glad. I just wish all dogs were as lucky.

There is the occasional deerhoundx at my local rescue (they've got one at the moment - too young for you though and already reserved) and I'm always tempted. However my next dog will be one that is struggling to find a home - I want to make a difference (just can't decide whether it will be a staffie or a greyhound - love them both!)
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Deerhounds are different 3 years 2 months ago #42348

It's so true, a deerhound X snagged me into its lair many rears ago...... we rescued Loftie, the rest is history

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