Q. Are greyhounds highly strung?
A. No. They are naturally calm and rather self-possessed. They are the oldest dog breed recorded in history and are genuine thoroughbreds.
Q. Are greyhounds good with children?
A. Greyhounds are as good with children as any dog breed and better than most, because of their characteristic gentleness. They have been around people all of their lives and are usually very people-oriented.
Q. Are there character differences between males and females?
A. The difference between male and female greyhounds tends to be less pronounced than in many other breeds. All greyhounds are individuals with different personalities, so the best thing to do is simply to arrange a visit to your local rehoming centre or group to meet the hounds!
Q. How much exercise do they need?
A. Contrary to popular belief, greyhounds do not need lots of exercise. Toilet considerations aside, two twenty minute walks a day is usually more than enough. Greyhounds are built for speed, not stamina, and use up their energy in short bursts.
Q. Do they always need to be muzzled?
A. Greyhounds do not need to be muzzled at all times, but we do recommend that you keep your greyhound muzzled when out and about, at least until you are confident of their behaviour around other breeds. They are quite used to it and associate it with pleasurable walks. If you feel you need to let your dog off the lead, a confined space and the wearing of a muzzle is recommended. Whoever you decide to adopt your greyhound from should provide a collar, lead and muzzle with every greyhound that they home.
Q. Will I need a special bed for the dog?
A. Greyhounds do not need a special bed, and an old, clean quilt folded in two is perfect. They are used to sleeping off the ground and will need no encouragement to take over your bed as well as your sofa. They do like to stretch out!
Q. How do greyhounds get on with other dogs?
A. Most greyhounds get on well with other dogs and many live with other breeds. Common sense and careful introductions are the key. If you have another dog, speak to the rehoming centre or group who will usually recommend that you bring them down to the kennels to help pick their new greyhound friend.
Q. Can greyhounds live with cats and other small pets?
A. Greyhounds are sighthounds and it is their instinct to chase. Despite this, some greyhounds can be trained to live happily with cats and other small pets (and sometimes, they even become the best of friends!). If you have a cat or another small pet, make sure to discuss this with your local group or rehoming centre who will be able to let you know if they have any greyhounds that they think will be suitable.
Q. I’m not sure about adopting a greyhound how can I be sure?
A. Do some research.
There are several greyhound walks throughout the month where owners all get together as a social event normally with lunch but most definitely refreshments afterwards so these are not just walk and go, unless that’s what you want of course, so find a walk local to you, go along and talk to some of the owners about their experiences and ask if they had any problems and if they did then how did they overcome them?
There are usually kennel dogs at these walks so you can walk one of them instead of just tagging along.