Greyhounds are extremely laid back dogs and are wonderful pets for those who are not looking for an energetic dog. World's 2nd fastest land mammal, they are commonly mistaken to be overly energetic dogs due to their speed, but the truth is they are gentle and laid back. They may sprint at speeds up to 45mph, but when they aren't having their daily romp in the yard they are typically sleeping. It's been said Greyhounds sleep an average of 18 hours per day.
Greyhounds have joint problems and health issues.
Greyhounds are one of the healthiest breeds of dogs, especially when you consider their size and life-span. Greyhounds typically live between 12-15 years; much longer than other breeds of comparative size. Hip displaysia and other genetic defects are very rare in retired racers. They have been bred as athletes for decades, thus eliminating many common health issues other breeds may have. Providing your greyhound with high quality dog food, monthly heartworm preventative and annual vaccinations/dental examinations will keep your ex-racer healthy and happy!
You need a huge yard to own a Greyhound.
Greyhounds do love to run occasionally, but any normal sized backyard would work just fine. Many of our adopters have smaller-sized yards and their greyhounds do very well; they will typically work with whatever they have. If you have a small yard and feel your greyhound is due for a good run, take him or her to a reputable dog park in your area and see if they enjoy it. Your smaller backyard shouldn't prohibit you from adding a new fast friend to your family! We are also happy to adopt to those living in an apartment, provided they are committed to always taking their greyhound out on multiple walks daily for potty breaks.
Greyhounds are incompatible with small dogs and cats.
Retired Racing Greyhounds are raised and trained to chase the lure on the track. However, in many of them this does not cross over into daily life and we find that a large percentage entering retirement are perfectly compatible with smaller dogs and cats. When we bring a new foster dog into our organization, they have been cat and small dog tested so we are able to place them appropriately. In fact, many of our foster homes have cats or small dogs and have been proven to live in such circumstances. Tell us about your family: we bet we can find the perfect greyhound to fit your environment!
Greyhounds need a lot of exercise.
We hear this statement more than any other. It makes sense that people would think such fast dogs accustomed to the life of an athlete would need an exceptional amount of exercise, but it's just not true. Don't get us wrong; greyhounds love activities with their owners, but you need not visit the dog park every day for a sprint and you certainly don't need to commit to long walks with your greyhound every day. Greyhounds are sprinters by nature so they will have about 90 seconds of energy before they are ready to cool down and take a nap. A quick sprint around the backyard is more than enough for your retired racer. Generally your greyhound will adjust to the lifestyle you are accustomed to living. If you like to go on long walks, you will need to condition them to endure longer distances.