Frequently Asked Questions
How do Greyhounds bond to their new adoptive family after retirement?
Wonderful! They love the companionship of people and will bond quite quickly to their new family. Greyhounds are creatures of habit so anything that you start make sure that you can continue to do so.
Are Greyhounds hyperactive?
No, they are not called 45 mph speed bumps, or couch potatoes for nothing. They have had a strict life of racing and have no problem adjusting to life as a retired athlete.
Are Greyhounds affectionate?
They are very affectionate. They love being around people and love to show how much they love you.
Can Greyhounds be kept outdoors?
No, Greyhounds are not the type of breed that can live outside. It is important to understand that Greyhounds do not have that much body fat, the least of any breed, and do not have the coat to handle different weather. On the track Greyhounds live inside in a kennel so they are used to life inside. Greyhounds need to live indoors and if you are looking for an outdoor dog, this is not the breed for you.
How are Greyhounds with children?
Children are something new for a Greyhound. Living the life of a racer, Greyhounds are not around children. This does not mean that they can not get along with children it is just most have never seen children before. Greyhounds learn to tolerate living with children and can become great companions. There are some Greyhounds that will not do well with children. Through our foster program the Greyhounds are socialized with children. Children under 14 years should not walk a Greyhound without an adult because of their size and strength. Also the children have to have the understanding that gates need to be kept closed and that they must respect Greyhounds space.
Are Greyhounds housebroken?
As part of the foster program that we do, we work on housebreaking our Greyhounds. They come to us kennel trained and can be housebroken. Like any other breed there can be accidents but a Greyhound can learn.
How are Greyhounds with other breeds?
Most are fine with other breeds. There needs to be the understanding that Greyhounds have not been in contact with other breeds until they retire. The foster family will introduce the Greyhounds to other breeds and test their reaction. Generally, from growing up in a kennel, Greyhounds will be more interested in you and other people than other dogs.
How are Greyhounds with cats?
Greyhounds can live with cats and do fine, but it depends on the prey drive of the Greyhound. Some can live with cats and become best friends while other learns to understand the boundaries of the cat. Each Greyhound that comes to us is cat tested, we do our best to place a Greyhound that is cat safe in a foster home with a cat. This helps to ensure that there will be no issues with the dog once it has been placed.
Why leash your Greyhound?
Greyhounds are sight hounds and can see things far in the distance, a half mile or more. They can also run up to 45 mph within three strides, and unless you can run that fast you’re out of luck. Greyhounds are not street wise and do not have the understanding of what cars can do to them if they get hit. You need to keep a leash on them so that they understand that they need to stay with you. If you are in a fully enclosed area with a fence it is okay to let a Greyhound off leash. Just be sure to walk the perimeter the first time so they know the boundaries.
Do Greyhounds need a lot of exercise?
Surprisingly no, Greyhounds do not need a lot of exercise. Since Greyhounds are sprint animals a walk with the family once a day does wonders for them and the family. If you live in an area where they can not get around during the day a little walk in the morning and at night will work. As stated before Greyhounds are couch potatoes and take their retirement very seriously.
What are the ages of Greyhounds when they are retired?
We get our Greyhounds from the tracks in Tucson. When they retire they are anywhere from about 2 to 8 years old. This depends on if they have a successful career or if they were raced. The normal age range of the Greyhounds that we get in is between 3 and 5. There are times where we get younger and older Greyhounds in.
How long do Greyhounds live?
Greyhounds can live 12 to 15 years.
What health problems do Greyhounds have?
Compared to other large breed dogs Greyhounds do not get hip dysphasia. The one thing that has to be watched is their teeth. This is because of their racing diet and with regular teeth brushing they can be fine.
What are the sizes of Greyhounds?
The approximate sizes of Greyhounds are as follows:
Males: 65 to 90 lbs
Females: 50 to 70 lbs
Can Greyhounds live in apartments or condos?
Yes Greyhounds can live in apartments and condos very comfortably. They have been living in kennels so the small spaces are comfortable for them. The only thing about living in apartments and some condos is that Greyhounds, like other dogs, have to be able to relieve themselves during the day. For Greyhounds that live in apartments and condos it is good for them to be able to get out for walks in the morning and evening.
How do Greyhounds do with stairs, floors, and windows?
Greyhounds do not have the understanding when they first get of the track of what stairs and windows are. Greyhounds learn in their foster homes what windows are and how to maneuver on types of floors. Greyhounds are very adaptable and can learn how to cope with their surroundings.
Where can I learn more about Greyhounds?
Continue to look over our web site for additional information. Also we do ask that you get the book “Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies”.