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Breeder Referral
Interested in getting a Scottish Deerhound? Bette Stencil, our Breeder Referral person, will be very pleased to talk with you about availability of puppies or young adults and to refer you to breeders in your area. Contact Bette, at (810)329-3841 (EST)
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The Rescue and Placement committee has produced an educational booklet to help potential and new owners understand what it means to take on a Deerhound puppy. This booklet, copyright Miranda Levin, may be printed and distributed providing no changes are made.

How to Find the Right Breeder
Ask a lot of questions! Good breeders screen their puppy buyers carefully. You need to know what questions you should ask of them.

  • What genetic testing does the breeder do? Find out what health problems are found in the breed. Osteosarcoma, cardiomyopathy, bloat/gastric torsion, do occur in Deerhounds
  • How familiar is he/she with the history and purpose of the Deerhound? Does the breeder attend National and Regional Specialties? Does he/she participate in showing, coursing, and/or obedience? Is the breeder active in the national and/or regional breed club? Does he/she have a copy of the SDCA "Guidelines for Responsible Ownership"?
  • Does the breeder stand behind the puppies he/she places? Will he/she take a puppy back or help you place it if for any reason you are not able to keep it? Can you feel free to call with questions about feeding, grooming, or health concerns? Can he/she give you information about regional clubs and dog activities you might enjoy with your new puppy?
  • Ask to meet the mother of the puppies and, if possible, the father. Ask for pictures and health information on both parents and grandparents
  • Are "companion quality" puppies sold with limited registration and spay/neuter agreements? Ask them to evaluate the puppies and tell you why they are show or companion quality
  • Are the puppies well-socialized in a pleasant, home environment? Can the breeder supply you with names of other owners for references?

    When looking for a puppy that will share your life for many years, all the research you do before that puppy comes into your home will be worth your effort. A Scottish Deerhound is not the dog for everyone. However, if it is the right breed for you and your living situation, you will be rewarded with an affectionate, loving companion who will introduce you to new friends, new activities and give you years of joy and devotion.

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