This speedy breed is well-known on the racetrack but what
about as a family companion? As one of the gentlest breeds
around, the Greyhound is quickly proving that they are
much more than just a quality athlete.
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This speedy breed is well-known on the racetrack but what about as a family companion? As one of the gentlest breeds around, the Greyhound is quickly proving that they are much more than just a quality athlete.
Greyhound Facts and Information
Being one of the smartest dog breeds around, the Greyhound simply adores training and excels in many dog sports. However, they can be stubborn so early training is a must. As they are so smart they will need encouragement when training. The Greyhound thrives on learning new and interesting things. Retired racing dogs may need an additional understanding and patience when training in terms of companionship is concerned. Remember that these dogs have grown up in a very different world. However, your local Greyhound adoption centre will have them well-prepared for life outside the track and also provide lots of tips and help when it comes to training. They are a very sensitive breed and do not respond well to harsh training methods. Consistency and patience is the key, as too… a few tasty morsels. They are super easy to house-train and the majority of racing dogs will be masters at doing their business in the correct location.
Being a short coated breed the Greyhound requires little grooming. But they will benefit from a good rub down with a rubber mitt daily to help with shedding. This will help remove any dead hair and also keep the coat in top condition. It’s also a good idea to keep those nails short. Speak with your vet about how to best clip your canine companion’s nails.
Interestingly, the Greyhound doesn’t require a huge amount of exercise with many preferring to snuggle in the sun instead of a lollop around block. However, to ward off boredom a daily walk is required. If you have an ex-racer it is important to understand your councils muzzling requirements. Again, take heed from your adoption agency who can help out with all of the requirements your new friend will need. All Greyhounds possess a very strong prey instinct and love to give chase to anything, meaning your daily walk should only be done on lead to keep your pup safe and prevent problems such as nipping at other dogs.
Greyhounds are a very intelligent breed. They need to be kept occupied and entertained to ward off behavioural problems such as destructive behaviour, however a daily walk is normally all that is required. The breed, in some cases, is more cat-like that can see them being aloof or rather snobbish with visitors. This intelligence can also cause challenges with training, however with the right attitude and food rewards, your Greyhound will be more than happy to work alongside you. The trick is to keep it interesting and rewarding.
The Greyhound is incredibly friendly and loving to those who own them. However, like all breeds socialisation, training and breeding also play a huge role in this. They are very patient with young children, but like with all breeds, you must teach your young children how to behave around this gorgeous hound. They are naturally gentle and non-aggressive dogs who thrive in a loving busy home.
The Greyhound does not like the cold, but will tolerate the heat well. Many Greyhound will don coats during the winter to keep the cold at bay. It is important to consider your Greyhounds level of warmth during the cooler months. Having an indoor area drenched with sunlight will simply delight your beloved hound. Fences also need to be very secure to prevent your pup catching sight of something and giving chase. They thrive in small areas as your loving Greyhound would much prefer to sleep the day away than run around the yard.
It is very important to only source your new family member from a reputable breeding establishment, to ensure your puppy is healthy. Ask all the important questions about hereditary problems and ask to see mum and dad. Contact your local breed club and research your chosen breeder. Your breeder should have proof that they regularly test their dogs for genetic diseases and to ensure that the dogs they are breeding from have sound temperaments. It may take a little more time than a quick purchase, but it can save you and your family from unimaginable heartache and pain dealing with a sick puppy.