GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE GREYHOUND
Greyhounds are gentle, affectionate dogs that thrive on human companion and their friendly, loyal nature and wonderful temperament makes them an ideal family pet.
A patient and tolerant dog, the Greyhound is good with children and in many places both here and overseas,
ex-racers are quite often re-homed into Aged Care facilities as therapy pets. Most Greyhounds are very sociable and mix readily with other dogs when introduced correctly. Some dogs will get along well with cats, but others have too much prey drive
to live successfully with cats or other small furry pets.
A large dog, the Greyhound
stands approximately 62 to 72cm tall and weighs between 24 to 35 kilograms and has a lifespan of approximately 12-15 years. They have a very fine, short coat (very little shedding unlike most breeds) and because of this, and their low body fat, they
tend to feel extremes in temperature more that most dogs. They come in a vast array of colours: black, fawn, white, blue, and brindle and dun (this colour is very rare, it is the colour of a red kelpie and the have red noses and amber eyes) or any of
these colours broken with white.
The Greyhound is a strong, muscular dog,
built for sprinting over shorter distances. The breed are Sighthounds which hunt their quarry primarily by sight rather than scent and their natural quarry is hare. Greyhounds can reach speeds of nearly 70km/hour. Despite the image people
have of them, they do not require a lot of exercise. A good walk each day is more that enough to keep them healthy and happy. They tend to be "couch potatoes" and are content to laze around on their cosy bed of on the lounge beside their owners.
They rarely bark, usually only when something is wrong or when they get excited, so they are not suitable as guard dogs.
In Queensland, local Council laws states that Greyhounds must wear a muzzle while in a public place. This law being one of the reasons misconceptions about the breed arise. Australia is the only country
in the world that still requires Greyhounds to be muzzled away from the racetrack.
Australia, there are now a number of Greyhound Adoption organisations dedicated to the Greyhound cause and it is hoped that, with education and promotion, the misconception surrounding the breed will be dispelled and the wonderful characteristics of the Greyhounds
promoted. These loyal, affectionate animals deserve to live out their lives as loved household companions.
The Greyhounds' temperament is second to none. Most Greyhounds are
in family situations. They are full of love and the need to please.
They are anxious to please and can be trained to standard obedience
commands with patience and consistency. Greyhounds do not typically
bite but sometimes show affection as a wolf does with mouth agape,
gently grasping. They will lick your hand. They
show affection with their
whole body and may rub up to you like a cat or lean against you.
IN THE CAR
Greyhounds are used to traveling and adapt quickly to riding in cars.
They are normally content to lay down
and enjoy the trip.
IN THE HOME
Greyhounds have an attraction to anything soft to lay on. You can guarantee that they
will find the softest thing in the house and want to go to sleep on it.
They are extremely
clean and will let you know when they need to go
outside. Being in kennels and runs for most of their lives, it may take a
little time for them to adapt to stairs, slippery floors, glass doors, vacuum
cleaners, and things that are new to them, but they have the intelligence
and patients to adapts rather quickly.
A little patience, love and care on
your behalf will go a long way, in the first few months.
WITH OTHER DOGS
Most Greyhounds have never been exposed to other breeds of dogs. They
know other Greyhounds
but may be confused, frightened or simply ignore
do not know cats. And some greyhounds are just not suitable with cats.
They are a sight hound, and are highly prey driven. Some greyhounds
chase cats, as so will many other breeds of dogs. Greyhounds do not know
how to defend themselves except by flight and will often "freeze" if attacked.
Greyhounds and kids seem to be a perfect
match. Most greyhounds adore
kids and most kids seem to have a special attachment to the dogs. Letting
them get to know each other and educating both of them to be gentle and
respect each others space, particularly at meal time.
SOME SPECIAL GREYHOUND TRAITS
Because of their early training, retired Greyhounds have never been without
the company of other Greyhounds and have never had the opportunity to
really be a puppy. They may need to act out some puppy behavior, like
chewing, which they typically quickly outgrow.
They are used to a leash, love to walk and will learn to heel quickly. Most
Greyhounds do not know how to sit, climb stairs or play games only because
they have not yet learned. With time they can learn all of these things.
Greyhounds have no fat layer on their bodies which makes
them sensitive to
winter cold or rain. If outside for more than a short time in bad weather, they
should be protected with a coat. No dog should be left outside in the cold.
They are not barkers by nature, but will bark if excited or trying to tell you
something like needing to go out.
Greyhounds tend to "cockroach" - this term relates to the way that greyhounds
sleep when they are content. They lay on their back with all four legs pointing
They also require special anesthetic when they require surgery.