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Q: Are Greyhounds
good house dogs?
A: They've been referred
to as "45 mph couch potatoes." They are quiet, gentle, affectionate, and
intelligent. Greyhounds shed little, and their coat is non-oily,
so there is no "dog smell."
difficult to housebreak?
are kennel broken, which means they are trained to relieve themselves
outside, and to keep their kennels clean. They are accustomed to
being let out of their crates several times each day. A similar
routine at home makes house training relatively easy.
Do I need
a large, fenced yard?
A: While encouraged,
it is not mandatory. A few minutes a day of playing, running, or
even a long walk will be sufficient to keep your Greyhound happy;
but your dog must always be on a leash
when not in an enclosed area.
I've heard that
only hurt or old Greyhounds are retired, is this true?
A: No. Most racing Greyhounds
are retired when they are between 2 and 5 years old. Some Greyhounds do
suffer injuries such as broken toes, muscle pulls, etc. However, we will
tell you about any known injuries. You will be adopting a well-conditioned
athlete, who will hopefully live 10 to 15 years, on average.
problems do they have?
A: Unlike other
large dogs, they do not have hip dysplasia or other congenital diseases.
Many are very sensitive to medications and other chemicals. Flea
collars and other long-lasting chemical products should be avoided.
Like many dogs, they may have been exposed to tick borne diseases;
tick testing is encouraged and should be discussed with your veterinarian.
Greyhounds are prone to hypothyroidism and cancer, unfortunately
-- however, no more than any other breed.
Do they need special
A: No. Feed them any
premium dry dog food. They will eat four to six cups per day, the same
as other dogs their size.
A: The Greyhound
is a quiet and docile animal when not racing. While they can be
somewhat aloof in the presence of strangers, more often they are
generally friendly. They are very affectionate toward those they
know and trust. They are also capable of getting into mischief just
like a kid!
How do they
get along with children?
Most Greyhounds make fine pets for children old enough to
responsibly handle a large dog. We generally choose not to adopt to
families with children under 6 years of age. We realize some
greyhounds will lose some wonderful homes, but our decision comes
from us trying as hard as we can to protect the children, as well as
the greyhounds, and to be as responsible as we can be.
cats and small animals?
A: Some will chase
them, others will ignore them. If you have a cat or other small
pet, your Greyhound will be tested before placement with you. You
must be careful until you are satisfied the Greyhound and the other
animals are compatible.
be left alone for long periods?
A: A racing Greyhound
has never been left alone without other dogs or people. This will
be difficult for them, especially at first. However, most will do
fine for reasonable periods.
Why do they
A: The Greyhound
is very competitive and can be aggressive while on the track, yet
is a very loving and docile companion, living to please a beloved
owner. They wear muzzles while racing for two reasons: to help out
racing officials determine the outcome of a photo-finish race, and
to protect the Greyhounds from accidental nips and scratches during
the excitement of the race.
need a lot of exercise?
A: They need less exercise
than you would think. Greyhounds are primarily a sprinting breed, rather
than an endurance one. A Greyhound actually requires less exercise time
than most dogs. They are happy with several good, brisk walks, and perhaps
a run each week -- and will lie on your couch or blanket the rest of the
they always on a leash?
A: They reach
their top speed of 40-45 mph in only three strides. Because they
have no experience with cars and other dangers, and because they
are sight hounds who cannot find their way home if it is not in
view, Greyhounds must be kept on a leash
at all times when not indoors, or fenced in.
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