Question: Do greyhounds need a lot of exercise?
Answer: No, they do not need any more than the average dog. One lovely long or two shorter walks daily is ideal – plus toilet trips. They are often referred to as the 45mph couch potato for their love of lazily lying around. See Exercise for more info.
Question: How fast can a greyhound run?
Answer: Greyhounds are built for speed and regularly hit 45mph, hence the nickname. Currently, based on data from http://www.worldsfastestdogs.com/ the fastest recorded speed of a greyhound was back in November 2013. Fanta, a female brindle from Australia reached a phenomenal 50.5mph! Interestingly, the fastest known three legged greyhound called Trinity still managed an impressive 27mph.
Question: Do greyhounds make good pets?
Answer: The short answer is yes! They are loving, loyal and relatively undemanding. Of course, anyone thinking about taking on a pet dog should do their homework to ensure that this type of breed is the right one for them. All dogs require a level of commitment to home them – food, exercise, vets, time and attention.
Question: Are greyhounds aggressive, they look it when racing?
Answer: Absolutely not, they are gentle giants with a sweet natured and calm temperament. Seeing these dogs tear around the race track may make them look like rabid animals, but they are just focused on the race. Once off the track, they are big affectionate softies.
Question: Are greyhounds good with children?
Answer: Greyhounds are good natured and big-hearted. They will, in most cases, be patient and easygoing around children but all dogs have their limits. Greyhounds will more likely take themselves away from a teasing child than snap at it. However, all children should be taught to respect their family pets and not harass them. See Greyhounds and Children for more info.
Question: Are greyhounds good with other pets?
Answer: Greyhounds love to love. They will get on with all family pets if introduced in the right way. If taking on an ex-racer, this could be a little trickier but not impossible. They have been raised with very little exposure to other animals in the world, and it may take time before an owner has a harmonious household. All retired greyhounds will be tested at their kennels to understand their compatibility levels.
Question: Why are greyhounds always wearing muzzles?
Answer: On the race track muzzles are worn for protection, to prevent the greys from nipping each other during the excitement of the race. When rehoming a retired greyhound, muzzles are worn during the first stages of the transition period of the adoption as a precaution. Of course, there are many reasons why muzzles are worn – prevent scavaging or control barking to name a couple. See Greyhound Muzzles for more info.
Question: Who is allowed to adopt a retired greyhound?
Answer: Anyone who is ready to commit to owning a pet dog and can provide a safe, secure and loving home. All retired greyhound trusts will perform a home check and have a discussion with potential owners to ensure that a retired greyhound is a right fit for them and visa versa.
Below are links to some of the UK largest rehoming charities that can provide you with more information:
Question: How old are retired greyhounds?
Answer: 2-5 years. Greyhounds start their training at 12 months and are ready to race at 18 months, but some do not take to track life and could be up for adoption as young as 2 years. Those with an illustrious career, like my gorgeous grey, will usually not retire until 5 year. Life expectancy in greyhounds is 12-15 years so any adopters will have plenty of time together.
Question: How big are greyhounds?
Answer: Based on averages, a greyhound will stand 27-30in (69-75cm) tall and weigh in at 60-70lbs (27-32kgs), 60-65lb (27-29kgs) for females, 65-70lbs (29-32kgs) for males.
Question: Do Greyhounds eat a lot?
Answer: No, even though they are tall, then are lean and have little body fat. It’s essential not to over feed a greyhound; excess weight can be a burden on their bodies. Check the amount of food need based on their weight and stick with it. Treats are great but not too many.