- In some ways, greyhounds are like other dog breeds, but in many ways they are so very unique. They have a unique physiology (from heart size to blood and urine factors) and psychologically because no other breed has a background like a retired racer. Their demeanor can be seen as reserved, shy, loving, but almost always, very gentle.
- Despite the fact that they are very fast dogs (they can reach 50 mph at the start of a sprint and average 40 mph when running), they are actually very calm dogs, hence the name ’40 mph Couch Potato). They enjoy walks around the neighborhood for exercise and mental stimulation, but view laying on their comfy pillow is their favorite activity.
- Greyhounds have spent their entire lives living with, and around, other greyhounds. This makes them very social creatures. They often will follow their new family members from room to room. They will often lean on you for comfort if you give them a chance!
Victory Lap Greyhound Transport does not place retired greyhounds into adoptive homes.
If you are interested in adopting a greyhound (and you should seriously consider it) please contact a Greyhound Adoption Group near you.
- They are sighthounds, seeing clearly up to half a mile away (but they also have a good sense of smell and hearing) who love to chase moving objects. Much of their early training was devised to hone this instinct. They also work together as hunters that work cooperatively with other hounds, developing pursuit strategies during a chase.
- Most have never been exposed to other breeds of dogs, cats, children, stairs, hard-slippery flooring, overhead fans, and glass doors. Many get along fabulously with children and cats. But, although your greyhound may love your cat while indoors, he may chase it out of instinct if it is outside. This can be very dangerous if your grey catches the cat.
- Greyhounds are actually quite smart (even though many greyhound owners think they are not the brightest bulbs). They can learn all the same commands that other breeds of dog learn but often need to learn a little differently (training sessions often need to be shorter and more rewarding). Training your grey to ‘sit’ can be a challenge since it may be a little uncomfortable as their butts don’t actually touch the ground.
- Because they have grown up in a group environment, many greyhounds need the company of other dogs to feel comfortable when their human family is away. Some greyhounds actually ‘need’ other greyhounds around.
- Greys have lived their entire lives in their own crate where no one else goes and may prefer to be left alone while on their pillow or other chosen spot. It’s a good idea to let children know that certain places are for the dog and for him alone.
- Greyhounds are used to be being handled by a variety of people during their lives and are generally accepting of others.
- Greyhounds rarely bark unless very excited.
- They generally do not enjoy rough play with their human family and most are not ‘into’ playing fetch. Their idea of play is to run! Most greys are new to the idea of dog toys and may take some time to get the idea of what to do with them.
- The greyhound life span is about 12-14 years and most are raced from 2 to 5 years old. Adopting a retired racer can still give you and your family many, many, happy years together.