Questions and Answers

Are greyhounds docile, gentle, low-key creatures?

ImageOn the track they may possess outstanding athletic abilities, but in the home environment, they're regular couch potatoes. Like any family dog, however, they need regular exercise to maintain their good health. A nice long walk on the leash three or four times a week is recommended, or join the ranks of greyhound owners who have found they have perfect jogging companions. A large, fenced-in backyard also will make a great playpen for your greyhound and should provide it with adequate room for leg-stretching exercise.

I heard greyhounds aren't suited for most homes, is this true?

ImageGreyhounds are wonderfully outgoing, friendly and unaggressive. They wear muzzles while racing to help racing officials determine the outcome of a photo-finish race and to protect them from injury during their high-spirited chase after mechanical lures.

I've been told that greyhounds are too old to adapt from a track life, to the house is this true?

ImageIt's true that a greyhound's life at the track is dramatically different than what we take for granted at home. But these bright animals adapt very quickly to a new routine. Most often, housebreaking a greyhound is simply a matter of showing your greyhound the designated area and then giving him or her a few days to adjust to your schedule. Riding in the car, climbing stairs, playing with toys and other "firsts" may confuse a greyhound who is unaccustomed to these activities, but in no time at all he or she will master these and any other household challenges.

How will a greyhound get along with my children? Or my pets?

ImageVeterinarians and animal handlers who work with greyhounds are the first to admit that the greyhound possesses one of the best temperaments of all dog breeds. Gentle, patient, and sensitive, they make an ideal companion for children and seniors alike. Since they live with other greyhounds their whole lives, they are remarkably compatible with other pet dogs. Cats, however, are unknown to greyhounds and a little extra time and patience is required to ensure household harmony. It is easily achieved.

Is it true that greyhounds are inside dogs?

ImageGreyhounds adore romping and frolicking outdoors, but after play time, they belong indoors. They naturally have very little body fat and a thin coat that does not protect them against weather extremes. Even when they are active on the racing circuit, greyhounds are kept in heated kennels indoors.

 

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