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The greyhound has recently found popularity with the public as a family pet. However, those involved in racing have know about the greyhound's extraordinary versatility and suitability as a pet for many years, and many have been privately placing their retired racers as pets for over 20 years. The more recent proliferation of adoption groups across the United States and Canada has increased the public's awareness of the greyhound as a pet, and many more retired racing greyhounds are now finding their way to pet homes when their careers are over.
When you have the opportunity to add a new pet to your home, we encourage you to consider adopting a retired racing greyhound!
8 REASONS TO ADOPT A RETIRED GREYHOUND
Greyhound personalities are as varied as those of the people with whom they live. There are those that are outgoing and bouncy, and those that are true couch potatoes; those that enjoy have other friends in the home, including feline friends, and those that prefer to be "only children", those that would love to become your jogging partner, and those that would prefer to curl up with you while you watch movies all afternoon; those that love the company of human children, and those that would prefer the more sedate lifestyle of a retired owner.
- Greyhounds are "people dogs". Having been brought up in a kennel environment with constant handling by their trainers, they thrive on attention from their human friends. They are good on lead and generally easy to handle for routine grooming needs.
- Greyhounds are very clean, "low maintenance" dogs and require little grooming. When bathed, they don't have the usual "wet doggy" odor many dogs have. Routine brushing and nail trimming will suffice for several months between baths.
- Greyhounds have no breed-specific medical problems. You very rarely see hip dysplasia in greyhounds, unlike many other large bred dogs.
- Greyhounds are, generally, not barkers. They will often "sing" or howl at sirens, but it is seldom that greyhounds will bark. For this reason, they do not make good guard dogs!
- Greyhounds are not jumpers. Perhaps because they are raised in a kennel environment, they have never learned that the have the ability to be high-jump champs, and we certainly do not intend to tell them of their ability! While a greyhound could easily clear a 6' fence, they seldom question any barrier placed in their path. Adopters can use baby gates in their homes to confine the greyhound to one room or area of the house.
- Greyhounds know they are dogs and understand "pack order". Unlike many pet dogs that are raised by humans in a home, greyhound puppies remain with their mother for several weeks after birth. They then live with their littermates for the first year of their lives and learn how to be dogs and members of a pack. Because they are trained to race, they understand that the humans are the "Alpha" and will act accordingly.
- Greyhounds are very sensitive dogs and are easily disciplined with a sharp word or scolding.
GREYHOUND QUICK FACTS
Greyhounds can see and track prey from a half mile away. All sight hounds hunt by sight rather than sent; although their noses work perfectly well.
A greyhound runs in what is called double-hung suspension. There are two phases of their gallop during which all four feet are off the ground. In fact when running competitively, the greyhound is in the air 75% of the time. They run somewhere between 40-45+ miles an hour.
They are intelligent -- they need quick wits to avoid accidents when running. (But many greyhounds think that tricks on command are beneath their dignity. Others think pleasing the human is a great way to get a nice snack.)
It is common for the greyhound to live well into the teens. 18 years of age is the current record and 14 is not unusual. (Forever would not be enough time.)
They range in size from 50 to 95 pounds. Females tend to be smaller than males.
Greyhounds come in many beautiful shades and coat patterns. The National Greyhound Association recognizes 27 colors in registering dogs for racing. Their coats are soft and have been likened to soft, huggable and non-allergic warm velvet. They radiate heat and are great for cold winter snuggling.