Adopting a pet: greyhound

Adopting a pet? This article will contain resources, as well as information for those considering adopting a greyhound.


Adopting a greyhound is one of the most rewarding ways to establish a relationship with man's best friend. Greyhounds are great pets, well known for their grace, sweetness and swiftness at home and on the field.

The greyhounds that are placed by adoption organizations are generally retired, trained athletes. In some cases, agencies give away greyhound puppies or dogs that have not been trained for the track, but this is not the norm. If you are looking to adopt a greyhound, you will probably receive a dog that is approximately 2 - 4 years of age and one that has been trained for the track. Both males and females are trained for racing, and thus, both genders are available for adoption at agencies.

Greyhounds are bred by professional breeders who look for speed, endurance and temperament. Because of this practice, hereditary physical and temperament problems have been avoided. For the first year of their lives the greyhound puppies live together with their litter mates and are handled frequently by their breeders. As a result, the breed tends to be well-socialized with people and strangers, but not other breeds of dogs.

When deciding to adopt a greyhound, you should ask yourself some important questions and consider the nature, and background of the dog. If you are looking for a cute dog, you may want to look elsewhere. Greyhounds are known for their sweet nature. In fact, you may be inspired to adopt a greyhound after being around one.

Greyhounds tend to be quite lazy at home, but will need to get their kicks routinely. Their sporadic bursts of energy are a great pleasure to watch, so make sure you have the time required for daily attention and walks.

Greyhounds are also known for being great with children. However, other breeds of dogs can result in problems. It is important to tell the agency you adopt the greyhound from of any other animals you may have. They will best advise you on this matter, since they have observed the dog interact with the different animals at the shelter.
It is also a no-no to ever let your greyhound out without being on a lead or in a fenced yard. True to form, greyhounds love to sprint and chase. In just 30 seconds the dogs can reach a speed of 40 MPH, daring across streets and through woods.

There are a number of greyhound adoption agencies throughout the country. Here are some general practices and rules that most agencies employ when matching a greyhound to the right owner:

Most agencies will have already provided the necessary shots for the greyhound. At the agency, most likely the greyhounds live with cats and other small animals and other breeds. Most agencies require the interested party to fill out a brief application. It usually takes anywhere from one to three weeks to receive the necessary clearance to take the dog home. Most agencies also ask for a donation at the time of adoption. This fee helps the agency provide the necessary shots and medical treatment for the animals.

Because greyhounds are trained for the track, the dogs have unique characteristics. Like all dogs, greyhounds are social creatures. However, this trait is especially strong in greyhounds, because they have been in the company of a large number of dogs throughout their lives.

Like all pack animals, greyhounds need to have a leader to follow. This is what their new owner will become to the greyhound. Many newly adopted greyhounds follow their owners from room to room seeking leadership.

A greyhound is a sight hound descended from southern wolf strains and related to Afghans and other sight hounds. This group of dogs are hunters and usually work in packs. Although they have exceptional eyesight, greyhounds also have keen hearing and sense of smell.

It is in the greyhound's nature to run, pursue and chase. After the dogs are retired, some continue to love to run, while others lack the drive.

Although the most notorious athlete in the dog breed, greyhounds are also known for their love and affection for people. Greyhounds are quite social and love to be handled.
In what may be a common misconception, greyhounds are not normally abused or mishandled by their trainers, although their training is strict.

Once broken in a home, the breed tends to be obedient, gentle, and shy. Greyhounds are also extremely intelligent and can exhibit a strong streak of independence.