The decision to get a pet is one that you should not take lightly because it entails great responsibilities. This is even truer when it comes to getting a Scottish Deerhound because taking care of this dog breed is no mean feat considering the amount of exercise and space that it needs to maintain its health and well-being. The responsibilities of taking care of a Scottish Deerhound also differs with its age. There are those who might be willing to take on a puppy while there are others who might prefer to get an adolescent or even an adult Scottish Deerhound.
Before you take on a puppy or an adult Scottish Deerhound, you have to be aware first of the responsibilities involved when taking care of it. Aside from the considerations of a quite sizable living area that comes complete with a fenced yard, there are more responsibilities in taking care of a Deerhound than meets the eye.
If you have small children, it is not advisable for you to get a puppy Scottish Deerhound. This is because a puppy of this dog breed, from just 6 weeks old to two years, is strong enough to topple just about anything in its path, including children. There is also the danger of it running and nipping after your children when they are running around. Another reason is that a Scottish Deerhound puppy is not really known to play with children because it does not like to be hugged or teased. It can be quite defensive if it does not get away from a persistently "loving" child, which can result in your child being harmed.
However, if you have no children and you have the infinite patience and boundless energy to hand-feed and exercise your Scottish Deerhound puppy, then by all means, get one. If you get a puppy, you are getting the infinite potential of what it could be in the future through persistent and loving training. This could mean its growing up to become a sweet, good-natured and placid dog that could be loved by just about anyone.
But, if you are also considering getting an adult Scottish Deerhound, then there is also the tendency that it could be the dog with all the positive traits that you want, with no hassle on your part. You would already be getting a pet that is housebroken and will no longer need as much exercise as a puppy does. However, an adult Scottish Deerhound will still be considered "too much of a dog" for just any average household. You would have to provide it the necessary grounds so that it can get as much exercise as possible.
The decision to get either a puppy or an adult Scottish Deerhound can be based entirely on what you can do for your dog. If you know that you can handle taking care of a puppy, then go for it. However, if you don't have much time to rear one no matter how cute you think it is, be unselfish enough to know that an adult dog is better for you.