The following is a collection of the most commonly asked questions and their answers:
Q. Do greyhounds make good pets?
A. Yes. Greyhounds are generally gentle, quiet, clean, sensitive and good-natured. They love being part of a family.
Q. How long does it take for a greyhound to adjust to life as a pet?
A. Greyhounds love human companionship. Consequently, bonding usually begins within a matter of days and continues to strengthen over time. Adjusting to a new home and routine may take a few weeks. Older dogs tend to be better mannered from the start, while the younger dogs may be more curious and active like a puppy.
Q. Are racing greyhounds housebroken?
A. No. At the track, racing greyhounds are 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. With patience, consistency and common sense, most greyhounds are easily housebroken. The use of a crate is helpful to assist in the dog’s adjustment to a new routine and environment.
Q. What are a greyhound’s needs?
A. A greyhound needs a safe warm environment, quality food, proper veterinary care, soft bed and lots of love.
Q. How old are greyhounds when available for adoption and what is their life expectancy?
A. Most are between two and four years of age, although some may be younger or older. The average life expectancy of a racing greyhound is 11+ years.
Q. What is the size of a racing greyhound?
A. Racing greyhounds stand between 24 and 28 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 50 and 80 pounds. Females are usually smaller than males – but not always.
Q. Are greyhounds good with children?
A. They are better than many breeds, but not as tolerant as some. If a child becomes overbearing, most will walk away rather than snap or growl. However, every dog has its limits. Greyhounds do well with children who have been taught respect for animals. Many adoption groups are reluctant to place a greyhound in a family with toddlers. Strict supervision of the dog and toddler when together is a must. This is true for any breed of dog.
Q. Are greyhounds good with other dogs and cats?
A. Greyhounds are socialized to other dogs because of their life at the racing kennels. Common sense and caution should be exercised when introducing new dogs, especially with food, treats and toys. Many greyhounds, although not all, do well living with cats. It is important to inform your adoption group about any other animals living in or visiting your home.
Q. Do greyhounds need a lot of exercise?
A. Greyhounds are not hyperactive dogs therefore do not require a lot of exercise. They are sprinters not endurance runners. Daily walks and the ability to run off leash in a fenced area once a week will provide enough exercise for most greyhounds. Greyhounds must always be kept on a leash or in a fenced area. Their instinct to chase reinforced by their early track training makes being fenced or leashed a must!
Q. Can greyhounds be kept outdoors?
A. NO! A greyhound does not have the body fat or thick fur of most other breeds to protect it from the cold and heat. For this reason, greyhounds must wear coats for cold winter walks and runs and cannot be left out in the heat of summer for long periods of time.