Greyhounds are large dogs but they have the ability to curl up in a corner and take up surprisingly little room. They need to be let out in a fenced yard or walked on a lead 3-4 times per day, and will generally quickly adapt to your household’s schedule.
These intelligent dogs do well in small houses or apartments and require only a soft place to sleep or rest and plenty of love. You will find your greyhound to be a loyal and devoted companion, filling your home with love.
Centuries of selective breeding have created an incredible athlete and companion in the Greyhound. Once they are retired they make wonderful house pets with few of the health issues that larger breed dogs can have.
Greyhounds are typically calm, relaxed animals that will enjoy the atmosphere in your home and human companionship. Their short coat with little to no undercoat produces less oils than the typical dog so there is no “doggy odor”. This makes a Greyhound a wonderful option for someone with allergies.
Greyhounds are intelligent, affectionate, and friendly dogs who thrive on attention and human companionship and make terrific pets. Racing Greyhounds have been bred to be fast, healthy, intelligent, sociable, and good tempered. Working(racing) Greyhounds spend most of their lives, before retirement, in the company of other dogs, their trainers, and handlers and are well socialized.
They have all the advantages of breeding, training and sociability which makes them great with other pets (including cats and other small animals), older children and friends. Their intelligence and breeding make them clean, quiet, and loving companions, in other words, the perfect house pet!
Before you adopt, it is important for you to become familiar with the breed and consider whether a greyhound is the right pet for you. Please read our FAQ section below and browse our website to learn more about these wonderful dogs.
NO! Greyhounds run up to 45 MPH (70 KPH) and can hit top speed in three strides. They can ignore your recall if they are in the middle of a chase so they must be kept on a leash unless they are in a fenced area, and must NEVER be placed on a tie out
GPA-C Greyhounds are fostered before being adopted into their new forever homes. Our foster families provide a very important service by teaching newly retired greyhounds how to settle into a home and life as a beloved companion
Greyhounds seldom bark and want to be everyone’s friend so generally do not make a good guard dog. That said, many are very observant and will alert you to visitors both wanted and unwanted.
They are trained to walk very well on a leash but don’t require a lot of exercise. They don’t call them 45MPH Couch Potatoes for nothing! They enjoy walks as any other dog does but they do not require more than a 20 minute walk once or twice a day if possible. Greyhounds are basically a quiet dog and will spend much of the time sleeping on their beds. They will quickly learn that the sofa is the best seat in the house if they are allowed on the furniture.
Greyhounds are typically retired between 2-5 years old and their life expectancy is normally between 12 and 14 years.
Male Greyhounds generally stand 26 to 30 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh between 65 and 85 pounds. Female Greyhounds generally stand 23 to 26 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh 50 to 65 pounds.
Greyhounds are a healthy breed since they are bred for athleticism. Hip dysplasia is very rare for greyhounds
That depends on the size of the greyhound but anywhere from 3 to 4.5 cups of good quality kibble per day
Yes! They have short fur, little to no undercoat and very little oil in their skin. Along with a thin subcutaneous fat layer this makes them almost Hypoallergenic. You rarely find a greyhound with the typical “doggy odor” that you can expect with most breeds. This makes them an idea pet for people with allergies or dander sensitivities.
The Greyhound sociability generally makes them great with other pets (including cats!). Their temperament makes them wonderful around adults, children and visiting friends. Their intelligence and breed along with being clean, quiet and loving companions make them perfect house pets. Please keep in mind that small children should always be supervised around ANY dog.
Yes, but like anyone, they need patience and understanding. Greyhounds love to please and are sensitive by nature. They do very well with positive reinforcement training.
With patience, most greyhounds can be taught to “sit” very easily and well, especially for a delicious treat!