Frequently Asked Questions

  • Given their past lives, how long do they take to bond with people?
    Greyhounds are very friendly and thrive on human companionship. Bonding is usually accomplished in a matter of days.

  • Do they housebreak easily?
    A greyhound's crated life is conducive to easy housebreaking because it is accustomed to being let out to relieve itself several times a day.

  • Are greyhounds good with other pets?
    Greyhounds are friendly by nature and socialize well as a result of their exposure to other greyhounds at the racing kennels. However, common sense must be exercised during the introductory period and with regards to food, treats, bones or special toys. Feeding separately is always recommended in any multi-pet household.

  • How about cats?
    At least 90% of track greyhounds can be placed with cats and live peacefully together. It is important, however, to follow the advice of your adoption representative.

  • Do greyhounds have to remain on a leash?
    Yes! Cars present an ominous threat to the greyhound whose instinct causes it to run without looking in both directions for oncoming vehicles. Every responsible dog owner keeps his dog on a leash, regardless of breed, near roads or moving hazards.

  • Are greyhounds hyperactive?
    No! The most common misconception about greyhounds is that a dog capable of such great athletic ability must be in perpetual motion. In reality they are quite lazy and enjoy lounging with the family which is why they are often referred to as "couch potatoes."

  • Do greyhounds require a lot of exercise?
    They enjoy, but are not dependent on, moderate exercise. They can make good jogging partners after proper conditioning. In most households, the shared experience of a brisk walk is enough to keep both the walker and the greyhound fit and healthy.

  • Are females better pets?
    No! Males and females make equally good companions and housetrain equally fast. The females are generally much more independent and the males are somewhat more affectionate.

  • Are greyhounds good guard dogs?
    No! Being bred specifically to be even-tempered and good-natured, they are inherently well socialized. For this reason, they love everyone and generally will not bark at strangers.

A Few Interesting Facts

  • In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth established the beginning of formalized dog racing, dubbed the "Sport of Queens".

  • The first track to open in the United States was in California in 1920.

  • These fleet-footed hounds are sighthounds, they can spot a moving object up to a half mile away.

  • Their sprinting ability enables them to expend an enormous amount of energy in a short period of time.

  • The fastest approach 40-45 miles per hour.

  • Their ability to blend speed, coordination and strategy have made them great hunters as well as racers.

  • Like our forests, lands and oceans, greyhounds are one of our valued natural treasures.

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