Greyhound Pet Adoption
Frequently Asked Questions
- What can I do to try and ensure the best match between my future greyhound and my family?
- Easy, please spend some time writing down as many facts about your family (kids, pets, etc.) and lifestyle as possible. The more the adoption reps know about your likes, dislikes (regarding pets), your schedules, the ages of family members, other pets, the house, the location, etc. the better the adoption rep can help to find you a 'greyt" match!
- Are greyhounds good with children?
- Most greyhounds are good with children. However, in ALL cases, it is not only the dog that needs training, but also the children.
- Are greyhounds a good match for seniors?
- One trade magazine has an article about 'seniors" and dogs. Because greyhounds are so gentle and not demanding of constant attention and are indeed 40mph couch potatoes, they are a wise choice. They provide a wonderful incentive to get out for a daily walk. And a more mature greyhound, maybe a 6 or 7 year old as opposed to a 2 to 4 year old might also be considered. As you will read later on this page, many greyhounds are frequent if not permanent guests in nursing homes.
- Are greyhounds good watch dogs?
- Nope. Greyhounds in a home typically are very quiet dogs. They may let you know that you have "company" by standing in front of the area closest to the "guest" and wagging their tail and, on occasion, let out a single "woof". But they would not be considered "watch dogs."
- What is the average life span of a greyhound?
- Greyhounds typically live approximately 12 - 14 years with the proper care.
- How old are the greyhounds that are available for adoption?
- Typically the greyhounds that come to us directly from the track vary in age from 18 months to 5 years. The average age is from 3 to 4 years old. However, sometimes we have retired racing greyhounds that have not come directly from the track. Some have been in a home and, for whatever reason, were returned to us. Some have been blood donors in clinics as well as other situations which would cause an older greyhound to end up in our kennels waiting for his or her permanent, loving home.
- How much does a greyhound weigh and why are they so skinny?
- Males range from about 68 - 82 lbs and females from 55 - 70 lbs. Greyhounds are sighthounds and have a very low percentage of body fat and very large muscle groups. They do not have an undercoat and have very thin fur. If you can not see the definition of at least one rib, you are looking at a "fat greyhound" and while it is fun to give the hounds their treats, it is not healthy.
- If I have allergies will I be able to live with a greyhound?
- Many people with allergies, asthma and even COPD live successfully with greyhounds, however each situation is different. Not only with each person, but also with each greyhound. Greyhound's coats vary slightly from dog to dog, some say from color to color. Some greyhounds shed more than others and the dander of some may bother an allergic person more than that of other greyhounds. Greyhounds are not "big shedders" but they are not like poodles, for instance, who do not shed at all.
- Would I have to take my greyhound to a groomer?
- Not unless you want to. Greyhounds are very low maintenance in the grooming department. A weekly rub down with a rubber grooming mitt works very well. You can trim their nails yourself or you can use a Dremel or similar filing device and "file" or "grind" the nails. Greyhounds are basically clean dogs and the less often you bathe them the more oils will stay in their coats whichn helps to keep them silky and shiny. An annual or semi-annual bath is sufficient unless the dog gets into mud, dirt, etc.
- Does a greyhound have to run daily to stay fit?
- Nope. Retired racing greyhounds really do not need any more exercise than any other large dog. That means a good walk every day. Greyhounds are sprinters and as such are not geared towards walking or running long distances. They will need to work up to any distance over time just as a person would do. Greyhounds are NOT off-leash dogs. When outside a greyhound always needs to be on a leash or in a safe, completely fenced-in area. If you can find a safe place for a greyhound to run (when it is not too hot & humid) you will both enjoy the activity. It is a sight to see.
- Is a fenced yard required to adopt a greyhound?
- It is not usually a requirement though there are exceptions involving special needs dogs. What is required is that the dog has the opportunity to go out 4 times a day whether it is on a leash or in a fenced yard.
- Are greyhounds hyper dogs?
- Nope. Mostly, the opposite. The sprinter in them hangs around in the house. When you come home, you will get a big greeting but shortly thereafter the greyhound will want to "rest." They really are couch potatoes. Greyhounds love to play with their stuffed toys etc. and they are wonderful companions. But compared to, for example, a Jack Russell Terrier, they are not "hyper" dogs once they have adjusted to their "home life."
- What kinds of activities can I do with my greyhound?
- The activities are many. Greyhounds are wonderful walking partners (after they build some endurance). Greyhounds who are in excellent condition (very high fitness level) participate in lure coursing. We recommend to all adopters that they participate in an obedience class with their greyhound. For those that enjoy that experience, there are several tracks to be taken with obedience training. Who says greyhounds can't sit? Greyhound's legs are very long relative to their bodies so when they sit, their butt may not be touching the ground and when they lie down in their "sphinx" position, you can slide your hand from the back of their butt to their tummy. Some greyhounds DO sit and some do very well in obedience. NO greyhound should ever be trusted in an UN-fenced area. Some greyhounds also excel at agility. It depends on the learning situation and determination of the greyhound, the owner, and the instructor. Some greyhounds are wonderful at catching a Frisbee.
- Many greyhounds excel in their "jobs" as therapy dogs. A visiting greyhound IS a common sight in nursing homes and children's organizations, hospitals and other therapeutic situations. Some times simply being a greyhound is enough of a qualification, sometimes a certification is required. This is a win-win activity for all involved.
All greyhounds are wonderful companions and a lot of fun!