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5 Things to Know: Greyhounds

December 06, 2018

5 Things to Know: Greyhounds

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Greyhounds. They often fascinate and amaze me. Greyhounds are so fast, but are the sweetest dogs I have ever met. Here are some things you should know if you are thinking of adopting a Greyhound.

1. They can run up to 70km/hr
Known to be the fastest dog, Greyhounds can reach speeds up to 70km/hr. Because of this, they are not meant to run off leash unless in a fully enclosed area. They were bred to scan the horizon looking for movement, and also have a high prey drive, so if they have something they are going after then they are not going to return to you when called, because of their breeding.

2. They are actually pretty lazy
For a rescue dogs victoria that is known to run fast, Greyhounds are actually pretty lazy and are okay with a 30 minute walk per day. To put it in perspective, they are sprinters, not long distance runners, so they have the speed but not the endurance. One of their favourite pastimes is being a couch potato and sleeping all day.

3. They need jammies
Since Greyhounds have low body fat and not very much fur, they don't like to be cold at all. So if you are getting a Greyhound you are going to need to invest in some things for them to wear. They might even need to wear an extra layer around the house, especially if you live in an area that is very cold during the winter.

4. They are intelligent
Greyhounds are very easily trainable. If they are a retired race dog then they often see people as the coaches and will listen well to any instructions they are given. If you have a puppy, early training is always recommended and be sure to set ground rules, consistency is key. They will pick up on instructions easily.

5. They are sweet, gentle and affectionate
Greyhounds are very good natured rescue dogs bc. They are known to be very affectionate, sweet and gentle. If adopting a retired Greyhound they will love becoming the center of attention in your home because it is something they would not be used to.

So if you are thinking about getting a Greyhound, look around your area. There are some amazing organizations in Canada that deal specifically with retired Greyhound race dogs.  A puppy might be cute, but these dogs are sweet and loving and definitely need to find their forever homes. So do you research on the breed and figure out if they are the best dog for you!