Greyhounds as Pets

A Greyhound – Is this the right breed for me?

Fast Facts About Greyhounds

  • Greyhounds are indoor dogs, have less body fat than other dogs and do not tolerate extreme temperatures well (hot or cold).
  • Greyhounds must be kept on a leash or in a totally enclosed area. They cannot be chained or placed on runners to avoid catastrophic injuries or death.
  • Greyhounds are “kennel trained”, meaning they are used to keeping their crate clean. They must be walked frequently at first to learn that home is the place to keep clean. Soon they will adjust to a routine of relieving themselves 3 to 4 times daily.
  • Greyhounds have a life expectancy of 12-15 years and range in age between 2-5 years old when they are available for adoption.
  • Greyhounds are gentle by nature and generally get along well with children who are respectful of their space while eating and resting.
  • Greyhounds are social by nature and can live well with other animals in the home. Many can learn to live with cats, but the introductory period must be monitored closely. Greyhounds must be taught to differentiate between a cat and the lure at the racetrack!
  • Greyhounds have short coats and shed very little, most often in the spring and fall months.
  • Greyhounds will make loving and devoted pets when given plenty of attention and affection.
  • Greyhounds are not hyperactive and the description “45 mph couch potato” is very appropriate. They love to rest as much as they love to run and will spend hours relaxing on a soft dog bed.

Greyhounds and Children

These are helpful tips for making children and greyhounds a winning combination!

  • Have your children feed your greyhound his/her meals.
  • Have your children involved in walking your greyhound, even though they may not be able to walk him/her alone for bathroom breaks or exercise.
  • Have your children give treats to your greyhound as a reward for EVERYTHING!
  • Have your greyhound learn to greet your children appropriately.
  • Train your greyhound to know where his/her personal space is.
  • Teach children to be respectful of the greyhound’s personal space.
  • Supervise your children around your greyhound, especially in the beginning.
  • Use the crate.
  • Use closed doors and baby gates to keep your greyhound in areas that are safe.
  • Rely on others in the greyhound adoption community
Greyhounds are noble, sensitive, intelligent, gentle, and have a great sense of humor. They are truly “Greyt Hounds”!

Greyhound Adoption Book Recommendations

There are excellent books with additional information to help you decide if a Greyhound is the right choice for you.