The Greyhound Personality
What kind of pets do ex-racing greyhounds make?
Greyhounds are affectionate, friendly dogs that 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 do not usually make good watchdogs. Their friendly nature is not really very threatening.
Are they good with children?
Greyhounds are very tolerant of children, but, like any dog, they do have their limits. They are not as playful as puppies. Being mature dogs, they will usually walk away rather than growl or snap if children become overbearing. Children under the age of seven should never be allowed to interact with any dog unsupervised. Children must also be taught how to approach a dog at rest so as not to startle it. Even though greyhounds are very tolerant, they cannot be teased or tormented without the possibility of a growl or snap. Even a gentle greyhound has its limits. HBGA will evaluate each application individually and base its recommendations on observed interaction between your children and the greyhounds.
Why do they wear muzzles?
Are Greyhounds high strung?
The greyhound is a wonderfully unique creature blessed with the ability to be very competitive and aggressive while on the track, and then become a very loving and docile companion when in a home. 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.
Are ex-racing greyhounds housebroken?
Frequently an adopted greyhound is completely housebroken right from the start. They are turned out three or four times a day to relieve themselves when they are in the racing kennel. Therefore racing greyhounds are kennel broken, which means they are trained to go outside and keep their kennels clean. If you take them outside frequently at first, they will learn quickly that their new home is the place they keep clean and outside is where they go to relieve themselves.
How old are retired greyhounds when they come off the track?
Retired racers are usually between two and four years old.
What is their life expectancy?
With appropriate care, a loving home, and a stress free environment, they can live 12 years or more.
Are all greyhounds gray?
Not at all. They are many colors – brindle, black, blue, fawn or a combination of these colors. The name greyhound is not derived from the color of the animal.The name may have originated from any of three sources. The ancient Greeks may have called greyhounds “Greekhounds” or may have named them “Gazehounds” since they relied on sight rather than smell when hunting. The name may also have been derived from the Latin “gre” or “pradus” meaning degree, which related to the principle and care in breeding.