What qualities make a racing Greyhound a good pet?
They are friendly, affectionate, gentle, quiet, sweet, loyal,
clean, loving, sensitive, trusting and good-natured.
How long will it take for an adult Greyhound to bond with
the new owner and adjust to life as a pet?
Greyhounds are very friendly and thrive on human companionship.
Consequently, bonding is usually established within a matter
of days, and getting used to a new environment and routine
may take a few weeks. The older dogs tend to be better mannered
from the start while younger dogs are generally more curious
Is a racing Greyhound difficult to housetrain?
At the track, racing Greyhounds are accustomed to being
let out of their crates several times a day to relieve themselves.
Because of this, a similar routine in a new home makes housetraining
relatively easy. When the adopter employs patience and common
sense, the Greyhound's natural cleanliness will assist in
the process. The use of an airline crate can be of great
assistance in helping the dog adjust to a new routine and
What provisions need to be furnished by the adopter?
A safe, warm environment, good-quality food, basic
annual veterinary care, a soft bed and lots of love.
What ages are available and what is the life expectancy
of a racing Greyhound?
Most are between two and five years of age. The
adaptable, stable and loving nature of Greyhounds predisposes
an easy transition to companion dog regardless of age. Generally
younger Greyhounds will be somewhat more active, and the
older dogs will be more quiet and well-mannered. The average
life expectancy of a former racing Greyhound is 12-15 years.
What is the size of a racing Greyhound?
Racing Greyhounds stand between 24 and 28 inches at the
shoulder, and they weigh between 50 and 80 pounds. Females
are usually smaller than males.
What are the colors of a Greyhound?
Black, fawn, red, blue, several shades of brindle,
and white with a combination of these colors.
Are Greyhounds good with children?
They are better than most breeds, but not as tolerant as
some. If a child becomes overbearing, they will usually
walk away rather than snap or growl. However, every dog
has its limits. Because Greyhounds are gentle by nature,
most are fine with children eight years and older if they
have been taught respect for animals. Most adoption groups
are hesitant to place any breed of dog in a family with
toddlers unless there are specific assurances that strict
parental supervision will be provided over both the child
and the dog.
Are Greyhounds good with other dogs?
Greyhounds are friendly by nature and socialize well as
a result of their exposure to other Greyhounds at the racing
kennel. Adopters should advise their adoption counselor
about the other breeds of dogs living in the household.
Common sense must be exercised during the introductory period
and with regard to food, treats, bones and toys. Feeding
separately is always recommended in a multi-pet household.
Are racing Greyhounds compatible with farm animals?
Be sure to inform your adoption adviser about all
types of animals with which your Greyhound will be coexisting.
Why do Greyhounds have to be kept on a leash?
All responsible dog owners keep their dogs on leashes,
regardless of the breed, near any road or moving hazard.
As sighthounds and racing dogs, Greyhounds are especially
at risk of being killed by a car, for they are likely to
follow their instincts and run without heed. A fenced park
or school yard (all gates closed and monitored) are the
only exceptions to the on-leash rule.
Can Greyhounds be obedience trained?
Many former racing Greyhounds have earned obedience
titles. However, Greyhounds do not possess the same predilection
for taking commands as the working breeds. All training
must be done with a light, encouraging hand. Positive reinforcement
and / or food are the best incentives for both formal and
informal training. Leash rules must be heeded, even with
a highly obedience trained Greyhound, as voice control is
Why must my Greyhound be spayed or neutered?
Every year, tens of thousands of Greyhounds are
deemed unprofitable for racing. With only a percentage of
Greyhounds being adopted, and the remainder killed, it would
be unthinkable to risk more breeding.
Are Greyhounds hyperactive?
NO! The most common misconception about racing Greyhounds
is that a dog capable of great athletic feats is a dog in
perpetual motion. In reality, they are rather lazy and greatly
enjoy lounging with the family.
Do racing Greyhounds require a lot of exercise?
They enjoy, but are not dependent on, moderate exercise.
They make jogging companions after they are properly conditioned
for long distances. In most households, the shared experience
of a brisk walk is enough to keep both the adopter and adoptee
in good physical health.
Do females make better pets than males?
No! Males and females make equally good pets. The
females are generally more independent, and the males are
somewhat more affectionate.
What is the most important criteria in adopting a Greyhound?
Working with an adoption counselor to select a dog which
will be suitable for the adopter's life-style and environment.
Will adopting a Greyhound change my life?
YES! You will have the satisfaction of having saved
a life and will gain the companionship of a devoted, affectionate
and loyal friend.