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HBS Guy

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Yeah. It is a lazy breed, like greyhounds who are one of the ancestors of the breed. In England she would be called a lurcher.
 

HBS Guy

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Found this:

the female Staghound is 24 to 29 inches tall and weighs 45 to 85 pounds.
https://petreferred.com/the-australian-staghound/

In the new money that is 61โ€“74cm and 20โ€“39Kg. Not a small dog but not a Great Dane either. When she gets bigger I might need to put a muzzle on her for walkingโ€”she IS a dog or hound bred for huntingโ€”a poacherโ€™s dog. Also known here as Kangaroo Dogs.

They DO make good pets tho their size poses problems for very small children. Not for small apartments, need a backyard to run around in. BIG dogs!

They are a cross, greyhound and Scottish Deer Hound so more genetic heritage than most purebreeds. Socks is Staghound cross
 

HBS Guy

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Well, fuck! The Aust Kennel Club doesnโ€™t seem to have a description of Staghounds! Have sent an email off to the local body, see if anything results.

Got a reply already:
Staghound is not a recognised ANKC breed so there is no Breed Standard.
So FUCK the ANKC! It is because it is a cross I bet, so are all the recognised breeds originally! Try the US kennel club.
 

HBS Guy

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From petspreferred again:

So, How long do staghounds live for? 12 to 14 years is how long staghounds live for when they are exceptionally taken care of.

While there are varying key factors needed to guarantee that your Australian Staghound has a life expectancy, the average lifespan is always between 12 to 14 years.
They are hunters all right: if she wasnโ€™t on a lead this morning there would have been one less cat in the world!
 
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HBS Guy

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Quick to trainโ€”she walks on my left, hardly ever walks in front of me. That took YEARS with Demi and was the reason I took her to dog obedience school.

I joined the local club again, easier than driving to Adelaide to the better club. Will do for the intro classes but when she gets to Grade 3 (is in Puppy school ATM) I will go to the better club.
 

HBS Guy

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And the walks I do pretty much each morning. No growls or problems yet, from her or the other dogs.
 

HBS Guy

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Well, dog no longer thinks I will dump her: instead of being super clingy she is on the back lawn chewing at a bone I gave her yesterday. Before this morning she followed me everywhere in the house, Yup, everywhere.

I am at that Lovely! stage of owning a puppy called cleaning the poop out the carpet.
 

HBS Guy

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Take her outside every hour, praise her when the poops/pees outside.
 

johnsmith

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Take her outside every hour, praise her when the poops/pees outside.
Not what I would do ...

you need to keep a close eye on her when you think it might be approaching time for her to go. Wait for her to start then yell 'NO' at her loudly and firmly, drag her outside from her collar and once outside, say OK then and wait. When she poos outside praise her as if she had saved your life and tell her what a good girl she is with lots of pats and hugs. Then let her back inside.

You should only have to do this once or twice for her to figure it out what all your weird noises mean
 

johnsmith

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OK, slight variation on my method, will give it a try.

with my Doberman I only had to catch him once. And I think from memory that I only caught him peeing. After that he did all his toiletries outside.

That's the trick with most things dog related. Catch them in the act and let them know you're not happy. Dogs WANT to please you so if you show them what you are happy with, they'll oblige.
 

HBS Guy

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The staghound particularly wants to please its owner. Smart dogsโ€”she already knows Sit. Also does not pull on the lead anymore, well, hardly ever.
 

HBS Guy

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She went and sat in an armchair, to be promptly evicted by me. The floor is where dogs live.
 

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Took her to the vet for a health check Vet REALLY happy with how healthy Socks is (one slight bit of swelling, likely due to the desex operation. I need to deworm her next month, no probs.
 

johnsmith

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Took her to the vet for a health check Vet REALLY happy with how healthy Socks is (one slight bit of swelling, likely due to the desex operation. I need to deworm her next month, no probs.

Don't miss the worming treatments. I gave ceasar a heart worm tablet every month for about 8 years. I was two weeks late with one once because I was overseas, and he got heart worm. It's what killed him. I was soooooo devastated.
 

HBS Guy

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Heartworm is a yearly jab these days. The worming is of intestinal worms. Heh, my chi, Tiffany, needed the monthly tablets. She LOVED chicken hearts so I would cut a slit in one, insert the little heartworm tablet, put it and the rest in her dish and she would eat it all up. One time she saw me do that, after that the tablet was left in the dish when the hearts were finished. Got a couple more down her in a blob of leverworst or butter but, nope, stopped taking even them. So suspicious! After that it was force, not too hard with a chi which struggles to break skin in a vicious bite :ROFL1 Then the yearly shots came in, phew!

The heartworm jab stingsโ€”dog will accept the parvo etc shot without much protest, WWII erupted when the heartworm jab was started. Last jab she had Demi had to be wrapped, a muzzle was not enough.
 
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