Many people are curious to know what Greyhounds are like. They may only know the breed from a glimpse of the dogs on the racetrack. Greyhounds are wonderful pets, and once in the home, their personalities blossom. Here are a few things you should know before you adopt a Greyhound.
We get questions almost daily about health and behavior issues about our greyhounds. The following are answers to some frequently asked questions. We don't pretend to be experts or veterinarians, just hoping to give "guidelines." Never substitute our opinions or judgments for a vet's or professional behaviorist's advice.
Sighthounds are dogs that have been bred to hunt using their sight and speed, not by scent or endurance like scent hounds do.
They are part of the AKC Hound Group which consists of the scent hounds and the sighthounds. Sighthounds have a long, lean body with long legs and a flexible back to help them run at high speeds to hunt prey.
Sighthounds make for great pets as they are easy to care for due to their short coat that is easy to maintain. They are generally not hyperactive or strong-willed. They form a close bond with their owners and use their sight-driven instincts to make their owners happy! The greyhound is part of the sighthound family. Greyhounds are some of the most well-known dogs in the world!
Greyhounds are a tall breed. Males average 28-30” at the shoulder, and females are generally in the 27-28” range. This puts their heads at the perfect height for counter-cruising!
Ever wondered if a greyhound can get along with cats? The answer is a giant, MAYBE. Retired racing dogs are often strongly prey-driven. But as you can see from this adopter’s photo, there is an exception to every rule! If you have feline family members and are thinking of adopting a grey, this is a conversation you need to have with your adoption counselor.
Did you know that “Gazehound” is another name for sighthound, an amazing collection of hunting hounds known for their keen eyesight and extreme speed? We think gazehound is a fabulous term for our greyhounds and their cousins, such as the Afghans, the Borzois, the Salukis, and the Whippets and others.
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