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How large are greyhounds?
Greyhound males stand 26 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 65-85 lbs.
Females stand 23 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 50 to 65 lbs.
They come in many colors: black, white, several shades of brindle, fawn, red, blue or a combination of these colors.
How old are the retired racers and what is their life expectancy?
Greyhounds placed through the adoption program are usually two to five years old.
The younger dogs may not have qualified for racing.
Most of the older dogs were retired from racing because they were no longer competitive or had reached mandatory retirement age.
With proper care, they have a life expectancy of twelve to fourteen years.
Can they be kept outdoors?
No, greyhounds need to be indoor pets.
Because of their thin coats and lack of body fat, they cannot stand temperature extremes.
Even in moderate climates such as California, it gets too hot and too cold outside for greyhounds.
Do greyhounds have special medical needs?
Some people assume that greyhounds, as an exotic breed, require extra care and special attention. However, greyhounds don't require any special veterinary care. Greyhounds require only about one-fourth of the normal anesthetic, and are sensitive to certain flea medications.
Greyhounds are one of the only large breed of dog that is not plagued by hip dysplasia.
Are greyhounds hyper?
The most common misconception concerning greyhounds is that they are hyperactive.
It is actually the opposite.
Greyhounds are an inquisitive, gentle, mild, quiet animal by nature.
The greyhound is a quiet dog and will spend much it its time sleeping in the corner of the room, unless you allow it a spot on the sofa! They are not barkers by nature, but will bark if excited or if they are trying to tell you something.
They can exhibit a quiet but surprising independence.
Their spirit has not been broken by their training or racing experiences.
Are greyhounds good with children?
They are better than most breeds, but not as tolerant as some.
If a child becomes overbearing, they will usually walk away rather than snap or growl.
However, every dog has its limits. Because greyhounds are gentle by nature, most are fine with older children (eight years and older) if the children have been taught respect for animals.
Most adoption groups are hesitant to place any breed of dog in a family with toddlers unless there are specific assurances that strict parental supervision will be provided over both the child and dog.
Are greyhounds good with other breed of dogs?
Greyhounds are friendly by nature and socialize well as a result of their exposure to other greyhounds at the racing kennel. Common sense must be exercised during the introductory period and with regard to food, treats and toys. Feeding separately is always recommended in a multi-pet household.
Are greyhounds good with cats and small dogs?
Some greyhounds can live very happily with small dogs or even cats, however during the adoption process be sure to inform us of all animals that the greyhound will be living with. AGRR does do a personality profiling to see how each dog will react to cats and other dogs. However, common sense is always recommended.
Do greyhounds require a lot of exercise?
They enjoy, but are not dependent on, moderate exercise. In most households, the shared experience of a brisk walk is enough to keep both parties in good physical health.
Do females make better pets than males?
No, males and females make equally good pets. Females are generally more independent, and males are somewhat more affectionate.
Are greyhounds house trained?
No, however at the track greyhounds are accustomed to being let out of their crates several times a day to relieve themselves. Because of this, a similar routine in a new home makes housetraining relatively easy.
Do greyhounds shed?
Yes, however not as much as most other breeds of dogs. Greyhounds have very fine hair with no undercoat which means less dander and no doggie odor.