FAQs About Greyhounds

What is the TRG Adoption Philosophy?

TRG is committed to ensuring that the quality of homes found will take precedence over the quantity of Greyhounds placed.

What is the Benefit of Fostering Greyhounds in an Adoption Kennel?

All Greyhounds come to the TRG adoption kennel from racing kennels, making the initial transition from racetrack to retirement relatively stress-free. Each Greyhound resides in an adoption kennel until it is placed in a home for the first time. This eliminates the need for the Greyhound to adjust to multiple changes in environments required when moving from a foster home to a permanent home, or to another foster home. Greyhounds are born and raised in kennels and thrive in the kennel environment.

What is the Procedure for Adopting a Greyhound from TRG?

Complete and submit or mail the online application to TRG. Once the application is reviewed, you will be interviewed by phone.  Depending on the number of dogs available, we may ask you to visit the adoption kennel to select your Greyhound, or we may ask that you rely on our expertise and experience in picking the best match for your family.  The next step is a home visit.  The adoption counselor will bring a Greyhound so you can see their temperament with everyone and everything in the home. You have the chance to ask any questions you have regarding Greyhounds. You will also see the size of a Greyhound in your house and also what may have to be dog-proofed before a Greyhound can live there.  Following approval for adoption and a successful home visit, you will have to obtain the necessary adoption “equipment” – a large bed, raised bowls, etc.

How Much Does it Cost to Adopt a Greyhound?

A donation of $300 per Greyhound is required, which includes the costs of neutering/spaying, parasite testing, flea and tick treatment, vaccinations, microchipping, transportation and grooming. An identification tag, a martingale collar and matching leash is also included in the donation.  The actual cost of preparing a greyhound for adoption generally exceeds the $300 adoption fee.

How Long is the Adoption Process?

After an adoption application is received, it is processed as soon as possible. Availability of Greyhounds for adoption varies depending on when they are released by racetracks and breeders. Usually, there are a small number of Greyhounds available for adoption at all times. Contact TRG for additional information and with questions concerning adoptions.

Who are Our Greyhounds?

Greyhounds placed through TRG are usually between 2 and 5 1/2 years old. These retired racers are very intelligent and adaptable dogs, who fit easily into their new home environment following a brief adjustment period.

They are eager to please and respond positively to any attention given them. The majority of the Greyhounds are quiet, clean, gentle and good-natured dogs who adapt and get along well with other animals and people. They seem grateful for their new homes and reward their new owners with never-ending affection.

They do not require a great deal of space to run, as many people think, but they do need exercise. Inside the house, they enjoy curling up in the corner on a soft bed. Greyhound males stand 26 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 65 to 85 pounds. Females stand 23 to 26 inches at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 70 pounds. They come in many colors, Including black, white, several shades of brindle, fawn, red, or a combination of these colors. Many people assume these dogs are “grey” when, in fact, blue is the least common color of Greyhound.

What Do I Do if my Greyhound is Lost?

It’s the thing we fear the most…our greyhound is loose and on the run. Read our comprehensive guide on what to do if your greyhound is lost. You can also get our Lost Dog Flyer template.

What is the Life Expectancy of a Greyhound?

These purebred athletes enjoy many years of good health. With proper care, they have a life expectancy of 12 years or more.

How Much Does it Cost to Care for a Greyhound?

Caring for a Greyhound costs on average between $800 and $1000 per year including food, treats, toys and routine medical care like dental cleanings and vaccinations.

Do Greyhounds Need a Lot of Exercise?

Greyhounds are the fastest breed of dog, but they are sprinters without a lot of endurance. A retired racer is quite content to be a “couch potato” and spend most of the day sleeping. Exercising with walks and occasional opportunities to run around in a fenced area is all that’s required. Greyhounds can never be trusted off-lead in an unfenced area!

Are Retired Racing Greyhounds Already Housebroken?

While racing, Greyhounds are “kennel trained,” which means they are trained not to relieve themselves in their living area. They are clean dogs by nature and would prefer to relieve themselves outdoors when given a choice. These two factors, combined with specific advice from a trained TRG representative at the time of adoption, will lead to an easy transition into life as a house pet.

What Kind of Grooming do Greyhounds Require?

Greyhounds’ coats are short and sleek, so they stay clean for long periods of time between baths. While frequent bathing is unnecessary, these dogs do seem to enjoy (understatement) the occasional brushing with a hound glove.

How are Greyhounds with Kids?

Greyhounds generally are not suitable for families with children under eight years old. They cannot tolerate rough play due to their sensitive and delicate skin, sleek coat and little body fat. Their natural speed, strength and athleticism are not the best combination with babies, young children or persons unsteady on their feet, as they could easily be tipped over by a playful Greyhound!

Please note that TRG does not place Greyhounds with children 8 years old or younger.

How are Greyhounds with Other Pets?

Greyhounds are friendly by nature and socialize well with most family pets as a result of encounters with other Greyhounds in the racing kennel. Even cats and small dogs are often easily accepted as family members. TRG has successfully placed hundreds of Greyhounds with happy owners who also have cats and small dogs. We get to know each and every dog as an individual and do our best to match the dog’s personality to an ideal home environment.

What Kinds of Pets do Retired Racing Greyhounds Make?

Greyhounds are affectionate, friendly dogs who thrive on attention and human companionship. They make terrific pets! Raised with their littermates where they competed for affection, Greyhounds love becoming the center of attention as household pets. Greyhounds usually do not make good watchdogs.

How Can You Help?

If you are unable to adopt a Greyhound, you can still help TRG by making a donation. We are a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers. None of the volunteers receives any compensation for the time and services we provide.  Our expenses can be high and we greatly appreciate donations in any amount!