I’ve heard greyhounds are aggressive, hyper race dogs. Do they really make good pets?
Absolutely! These are extremely social dogs with generally benign temperaments. They’ve been raised from birth around many other dogs, and as racers, they’ve been handled by people (trainers, kennel help, etc.) since puppyhood. Not aggressive, and definitely not hyper! Remember, the operative word here is hound.
Can I keep my greyhound in the backyard?
The greyhound, with it’s thin coat and lack of body fat, is an indoor dog. Just as you would be uncomfortable outside in hot and cold weather, so would a greyhound. Though a larger breed, they are graceful, and when you’re not at home, they’re likely to sleep all day, curled up in a soft place.
Are greyhounds good with children?
Yes. Most greys are great with kids. Of course, the selection of any pet requires careful consideration, and young children must be taught responsibility and respect for pets.
Can a greyhound live with cats and other small animals?
Yes, yes! Proper introduction and socialization is necessary, but most greyhounds readily accept other family pets. Greyhounds LOVE company!
Can greyhounds be obedience trained?
Definitely. They respond very well to training, and despite rumors, greyhounds CAN sit.
Do greyhounds need a big yard and lots of room to run?
This is a misconception. Ex-racers have been crated their entire lives, so they are used to confinement. They require very little space and make fantastic apartment and condo dogs. They require only regular walks to maintain good health and fitness.
Do greyhounds eat a lot?
The ex-racer should be fed in accordance with their weight requirements. After retirement, greyhound usually gain around 5-7 pounds. Most greyhounds require around two cups of food per feeding (twice daily).
Do greyhounds have special health problems?
Greyhounds are generally very healthy dogs. There are no diseases that are any more prevalent in this breed than in any other dog breed. In fact, hip dysplasia, a common affliction in other larger dogs such as German shepherds, rottweilers, and golden retrievers, is nonexistent in greyhounds.
How long do greyhounds generally live?
Normal life span for a greyhound is 12-14 years.
Do greyhounds shed?
Greyhounds have short coats and shed very little. One or two light brushings per week make it almost unnoticeable.
Can my greyhound do jogging with me?
Greyhounds are sprinters, and unless you plan to run 35-40 miles per hour for about two minute and then quit, you’re going to have to allow them time to work up to it. Yes, greyhounds can run (on leash!) with you, but will have to be conditioned for it, just as you conditioned yourself with longer and longer runs.