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Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36846

As I'm considering getting a D/H in the future.
Just wondered what type of car, D/H owners drive.
Does it have to be 4x4's, vans or estate cars?

I drive a Ford Focus with a child seat, which has a decent enough boot space for a normal sized dog.
Although I'd imagine would be too small for a D/H.

Any thoughts?...

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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36847

Hi Scott, I think it really depends on your DH, when we first had our DH we had a landrover with a massive boot so Jack always had lots of room and was able to stand up the whole journey, turn around, lie down (rarely!), etc and we did some pretty long journeys in it and was okay. Unfortunately due to the financial strain of a diesal gussling car and some bad luck we had to downsize and now have a tiny peugeut that Jack is really uncomfortable in. We have to put one of the back seats down so that he can lie through the boot and onto the flat of the seat infront. He stands up alot which is really dangerous as he tries to move forward and obviously is distracting/obscures vision of who's driving. Does your little one have its seat in the front or back? I would certainly not be happy with a little one next to the deerhound, so would advise the adult to be in the back in order to calm the dog down if it tries to stand. I would say though, that if you train your pup (sorry not sure if you're getting a pup/older rescue) with a smaller car from the beginning then I imagine they should be okay. I would guess that long journeys would result in them getting cramped and restless which is obviously distressing for them and distracting for the driver. We have made one 20-30min trip home to see family at xmas with jack and several 5-10 min trips into our local countryside since downsizing, so as you can see has unfortunatley had a big impact on what we can do/where we can take our hound so I deffinatly think you're doing the right thing to consider your car. I'm sure lots of the forum users on here have all manner of cars, and I imagine most would agree that if your dog gets used to a smaller car from day one then they should be okay, so don't worry! Good luck!
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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36850

Hi Buttershy,

Sorry to hear you've had to downsize to a smaller car. Must be harder having less room than before.

My little one would have to stay in the back of the car, she's too young to sit up front.
So I guess if I was getting a puppy/young dog it would only be able to fit in the boot of my Focus for a limited period of time till it grew bigger.
It's something Im going to have to consider.

Im looking to get a newer car in the future. So might look at an estate next, a VW passat or something similar.

Thanks for the advice.

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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36851

Hello Scott,

We have Land Rover Defender 110 for short ways in our region and VW Multivan for long trips.


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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36852

I think your pup would be fine in the boot providing the guard thing (you know what I mean!) was removed so that it was able to see and feel a bit more safe and secure. Once it grows you will soon be able to see for yourself whether or not he/she is comfortable with the space. fingers crossed they will be okay if you start smaller from day one.

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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36854

Lots of us have ford Galaxy's or the equivalent with all the seats taken out which is perfect B)
If you need an extra seat you can just pop one back in. It means you have the comfort of a car with the space of a van. We have a roof box as well :)
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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36857

i have a vauxhall zafira which is adequit for 2 d/h
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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36860

I know you are all going to laugh....but I have....a Vauxhall Corsa!!!! Yes, you heard right!
I did have an Astravan, but it had to go. I have a company car, which is the Corsa and I have to admit it works ok! The back seats are down permanently and there is a dual flooring panel which makes the boot the same level as the rest of the car, so in effect, it is like a little van. I have a Deerhound and a Terrier. I don't have small children, they all have their own cars now and we both go out with both dogs in the back.
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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36865

I used to have a Peugeot 307 estate and I could get 3 Deerhounds and a whippet in the back with the seat down.I now have a Mercedes Vito which I now have caged out much safer.
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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36868

Thanks for all the replies.

Ideally a bigger car such as an MPV or Land Rover would be great, but they're a bit pricey for me.
It would be hard to justify spending that amount, to accommodate one dog.

It's good to see people managing with smaller cars though, especially the Corsa!
So hopefully my Focus might be okay. If its too small, then I'll have to think of picking up something else up.

@Sophie
Yep I'd be taking the shelf out of the boot for more room. And try and pick up a dog guard as well.
Like you said before, hopefully it would work if the dog went in there as a youngster to get used to it.


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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36869

We got our guards from Athag Guardsman. Fantastic - and they have some old stock going free according to the website - they even have some for the Focus - you might be in luck!!

see www.dogcages.uk.com/freedogguard.html

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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36870

Thanks Rob, sounds good.
I'll check out the link.

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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36877

Hi - we've got two dogs (DH plus a large Vizsla) and they're both fine size-wise in our VW Passat estate. When we were looking into getting both dogs we decided our Mazda 3 hatchback wasn't going to be big enough. Our investigations led us to decide on a Mondeo estate as this has the largest boot of the affordable estates (e.g. not Volvos which are bigger but out of our price range). The deal we had on a Mondeo fell through about the day before we picked up the new DH, so the Passat estate was a panic buy! So far so good, except DH hates lying down and is car sick........at least he's got room to move away from it!
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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36879

Was thinking about a VW Passat estate, amongst others.
I've had a couple of VW's in the past, their good cars.
If I seen one at a half decent price, I'd be tempted.

Think you did better picking up the VW rather than the Mondeo.
Good to know you're dogs fit in nicely.

Thanks, Scott.
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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36880

Hi Scott,

VW cars are very good.

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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36882

Laugh, we have a TT and Finn loves sitting on the back seat
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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36884

I hope you have a sun roof!!! a picture of that would be fantastic!!!
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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36886

With the back seats down Ive had up to 4 dogs in the back of a punto,
in my corsa i had 3 dogs with the back seats down + all camping equipment.

My current car is a kangoo and i wish id of got one sooner, with the back seats down there's plenty of space
I've even slept in the back lol, it takes two seconds to put the seats back up and there's still plenty of room
in the boot.
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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36887

Neil wrote:
Laugh, we have a TT and Finn loves sitting on the back seat
That is great Neil.

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Re: Cars for Deerhounds 5 years 10 months ago #36888

We have 4 Deerhounds and carry them round in a Transit van, it has cargo divider and grill doors just inside the van outer doors so we can open up the van doors and the dogs have plenty of fresh air and are safe, parked in shade they are comfortable even on hottish days.
We leave them in the van at shows, I stay with them.

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