Greyhounds: Are They Right For You?

If you have ever considered adopting or fostering a Greyhound, there are a few things you will need to know. Greyhounds are usually retired athletes, having been used as racing dogs for most of their lives. Because breeders watch for physical as well as temperamental problems, they are usually very fit and have a calm disposition. As puppies, Greyhounds are frequently handled by a lot of people, including breeders. Since they are kept together and do not socialize with other breeds, they prefer people to other animals.

Being brought up with others of their own kind, Greyhounds are pack animals who are very companionable and used to having an alpha figure in the group. Because of their backgrounds, they are sprinters, therefore, can run fast for short distances. They like to chase things and can run up to 45 miles per hour. Their bodies have no layers of fat on them so they do not fare well in cold weather, so they should not be left out in the cold for extended periods of time.

Usually, Greyhounds are between 1-1/2 and 5 years of age when adopted and can live from 12 to 15 years old. They are very well-behaved and quiet dogs. Most people with allergies are not bothered by these dogs because of their very short hair. They are known for being hypo-allergenic, but there is no assurance that they won’t have an effect on everyone, especially those who have severe allergies. Do not consider adopting one if you need a watchdog. Since they are not aggressive and seldom bark, you would most likely need a different breed.

The characteristics of this breed are such that they can make for an excellent adoptive choice depending on your environment and lifestyle. These include:

  • sharp hearing
  • good sense of smell
  • keen eyesight
  • very sociable
  • sensitive
  • gentle
  • independent
  • intelligent
  • anxious to please
  • love to walk
More information about greyhounds

Because of their bony structure, Greyhounds need soft and warm resting places. If you have active children, these dogs would not make a good addition to your family. Due to their quiet nature, they do need to be well taken care of and fair better in a quiet household.  Before considering adoption, you should read Adopt a Greyhound Guide. This e-book will give you all the information you need, and make it more likely that if you do choose a Greyhound that it will be a life-long relationship.