FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: What health problems do they have?
A: No. Most racing Greyhounds are retired when they are between 2 and 5 years old. Some Greyhounds do suffer injuries such as broken toes, muscle pulls, etc. However, we will tell you about any known injuries. You will be adopting a well-conditioned athlete, who will hopefully live 10 to 15 years, on average.
A: Unlike other large dogs, they do not have hip dysplasia or other congenital diseases. Many are very sensitive to medications and other chemicals. Flea collars and other long-lasting chemical products should be avoided. Like many dogs, they may have been exposed to tick borne diseases; tick testing is encouraged and should be discussed with your veterinarian. Greyhounds are prone to hypothyroidism and cancer, unfortunately -- however, no more than any other breed.
Q: What are Greyhounds like?
Q: How do they get along with children?
Q: Can they be left alone for long periods?
Q: Why do they wear muzzles?
Q: Why are they always on a leash?
A: The Greyhound is a quiet and docile animal when not racing. While they can be somewhat aloof in the presence of strangers, more often they are generally friendly. They are very affectionate toward those they know and trust. They are also capable of getting into mischief just like a kid!
A: Most Greyhounds make fine pets for children old enough to responsibly handle a large dog. We generally choose not to adopt to families with children under 6 years of age. We realize some greyhounds will lose some wonderful homes, but our decision comes from us trying as hard as we can to protect the children, as well as the greyhounds, and to be as responsible as we can be.
Q: What about cats and small animals?
A: Some will chase them, others will ignore them. If you have a cat or other small pet, your Greyhound will be tested before placement with you. You must be careful until you are satisfied the Greyhound and the other animals are compatible.
A: They need less exercise than you would think. Greyhounds are primarily a sprinting breed, rather than an endurance one. A Greyhound actually requires less exercise time than most dogs. They are happy with several good, brisk walks, and perhaps a run each week -- and will lie on your couch or blanket the rest of the time!
A: They reach their top speed of 40-45 mph in only three strides. Because they have no experience with cars and other dangers, and because they are sight hounds who cannot find their way home if it is not in view, Greyhounds must be kept on a leash at all times when not indoors, or fenced in.
Q: Are Greyhounds good house dogs?
A: Greyhounds are kennel broken, which means they are trained to relieve themselves outside, and to keep their kennels clean. They are accustomed to being let out of their crates several times each day. A similar routine at home makes house training relatively easy.
Q: Do I need a large, fenced yard?
A: A racing Greyhound has never been left alone without other dogs or people. This will be difficult for them, especially at first. However, most will do fine for reasonable periods.
A: The Greyhound is very competitive and can be aggressive while on the track, yet is a very loving and docile companion, living to please a beloved owner. They wear muzzles while racing for two reasons: to help out racing officials determine the outcome of a photo-finish race, and to protect the Greyhounds from accidental nips and scratches during the excitement of the race.
Q: Are Greyhounds difficult to house break?
Q: I've heard that only hurt or old Greyhounds are retired, is this true?
A: They've been referred to as "45 mph couch potatoes." They are quiet, gentle, affectionate, and intelligent. Greyhounds shed little, and their coat is non-oily, so there is no "dog smell."
Q: Do they need special diets?
A: While encouraged, it is not mandatory. A few minutes a day of playing, running, or even a long walk will be sufficient to keep your Greyhound happy; but your dog must always be on a leash when not in an enclosed area.
Q: Don't greyhounds need a lot of exercise?
A: No. Feed them any premium dry dog food. They will eat four to six cups per day, the same as other dogs their size.