MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  1. WHAT KIND OF PETS DO EX-RACING GREYHOUNDS MAKE?
  2. ARE THEY GOOD WITH CHILDREN?

  3. HOW ARE THEY WITH OTHER PETS?

  4. HOW OLD ARE RETIRED GREYHOUNDS?

  5. WHAT IS THEIR LIFE EXPECTANCY?

  6. ARE EX-RACING GREYHOUNDS ALREADY HOUSEBROKEN?/

  7. HOW BIG DO THEY GET?

  8. WHY DO THEY WEAR MUZZLES? IS IT BECAUSE THEY ARE SO HIGH-STRUNG?

  9. WHY DO GREYHOUNDS NEED TO BE KEPT ON A LEASH?

  10. DO GREYHOUNDS NEED A LOT OF EXERCISE?

  11. AREN'T ALL GREYHOUNDS GREY?

  12. WHAT HAS THE LIFE OF A RACING GREYHOUND BEEN LIKE?

  13. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT, IF I ADOPT A GREYHOUND?


WHAT KIND OF PETS DO EX-RACING GREYHOUNDS MAKE?

Greyhounds are affectionate, friendly dogs who thrive on attention and human companionship and make terrific pets. Raised with their littermates, where they competed for affection, greyhounds love becoming the center of attention as household pets. Greyhounds do not usually make good watch dogs. Their friendly nature is not really very threatening.

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ARE THEY GOOD WITH CHILDREN?

More so than most breeds. They are not as playful as puppies, of course, being mature dogs, but they are very tolerant of children and will usually walk away rather than growl or snap if children become overbearing. Like any other dog, however, if they are tormented for long periods of time, they too can become irritated. Even a gentle greyhound has its limits.

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HOW ARE THEY WITH OTHER PETS?

Greyhounds are friendly by nature and socialize well as a result of encounters with other greyhounds in the racing kennel. Cats are unknown to a greyhound and a little extra time and care are required to make a happy home for all.

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HOW OLD ARE RETIRED GREYHOUNDS?

The retired racers are usually between two and four years old.

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WHAT IS THEIR LIFE EXPECTANCY?

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

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ARE EX-RACING GREYHOUNDS ALREADY HOUSEBROKEN?

Frequently an adopted greyhound is completely housebroken right from the start. In their kennel environment they are "turned out" three or four times a day to relieve themselves. Therefore, racing greyhounds are kennel-broken, which means they're trained to go outside and keep their kennels clean. Walk them frequently at first, and they quickly learn that their new home is the place they keep clean and outside is where they go to relieve themselves.

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HOW BIG DO THEY GET?

Greyhound males stand 26 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 65 and 85 pounds. Females stand 23 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 50 to 65 pounds.

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WHY DO THEY WEAR MUZZLES? IS IT BECAUSE THEY ARE SO HIGH-STRUNG?

Actually the greyhound is a wonderfully unique creature blessed with both the ability to be very competitive and aggressive while on the track, yet on the other hand, a very loving and docile companion, living to please a beloved owner. They wear muzzles while racing for two reasons: to help racing officials determine the outcome of a photo-finish race, and to protect the greyhounds from injury during the excitement of the chase.

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WHY DO GREYHOUNDS NEED TO BE KEPT ON A LEASH?

A leash assures the greyhound protection from disasters. Greyhounds have no fear of cars and other hazards in our world and as history has proven, the greyhound is an animal born to run. It can run up to 44 mph and see up to mile away! Greyhounds are accustomed to walking on a leash and enjoy the exercise, as well as the attention they receive from the people who pass by.

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DO GREYHOUNDS NEED A LOT OF EXERCISE?

Greyhounds easily adapt to the lifestyle of their owners. Feel free to take your greyhound walking or jogging with you as your exercise regime dictates.

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AREN'T ALL GREYHOUNDS GREY?

Not at all--they are many colors--brindle, black, brown, fawn or a combination of these colors. The name greyhound is not derived from the color of the animal. The name originates from three possible sources. The ancient Greeks may have called greyhounds "Greekhounds" or may have named them "Gazehounds," since they relied on sight rather than smell in hunting. Thirdly, the name may be derived from the Latin "gre" or "gradus" meaning degree, which related to the principle and care in breeding.

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WHAT HAS THE LIFE OF A RACING GREYHOUND BEEN LIKE?

Greyhounds spend most of their lives in the company of other dogs. When they are born, the average litter size is about eight pups.Young greyhounds are given a lot of attention and handled as much as possible. As they approach their first birthday, their training begins and they are taught to chase a lure, eventually progressing to a racetrack. Track life is very routine--feeding in the morning, turnouts in the exercise yards to relieve themselves and retiring between races in individual kennel crates. Dogs race every three to seven days and most racing kennels have about 60 dogs. Most greyhounds have seen very little of the everyday world including houses, stairs, mirrors and cats, and have seldom, if ever, ridden in a car. The transition to living in a home requires some time.

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WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT, IF I ADOPT A GREYHOUND?

Expect a gentle, loving pet who, with a little time and patience, will be a great addition to your family. Because everything is brand new to the greyhound, expect him/her to be somewhat confused and very curious. House manners have to be learned, but greyhounds are very intelligent dogs and learn quickly.

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