My fiance and I are heavily considering adopting a greyhound. I'm super excited!! It would be from a rescue foundation that rescues retired racing greyhounds. I think the foundation is like greytexpectations or something like that. We met them at a meet and greet and talked to a couple that had/have owned, rescued, and fostered greyhounds. So I know what their general temperment and other such problems/issues that they might have. I've read up on it too.
I wanted to know any of your thoughts/suggestions. Has anyone ever owned one before?
I love greyhounds.. I handled one in the show ring for a friend of mine. His name was Tali, what a cool dog. I loved to watch him break into a run in my backyard (5 acres). How graceful and beautiful he was.
I guess they say the poor rescue dogs need a lot of help they know nothing of living in a home, steps and such...
wow luvstalman you've shown them? that's awesome! what would you say their temperment and other characteristics are like? i've talked to the rescue foundation people but that about if they aren't rescue ones like the one that you showed? thanks!
Tali was a sweet, calm, curious, and affectionate dog. He would see you on the couch and come over and poke his big snoot under your arm and flip it saying love and pet me.
I haven't owned one of my own, and I am no expert on the breed. But I would want a nice big fenced in yard. #1 to stretch out those long legs. #2 Being what I believe is considered a sight hound (specially racing trained) they see a squirrel, rabbit, or other critter they would chase it in a heartbeat not paying attention to you or traffic and such.
I think there are breeders or greyhound owners on the list that could give you a more insight than I could.
I had some frends with a retired racing greyhound and one day they let her off a leash.. a thunderstorm blew up and she ran off and they never saw her again.
I can't stress how important it is that this breed never be let off of leash out of an enclosed area. They can literally run faster than they think, and by the time you attempt to call their name they can be out of hearing distance. In addition,some (not all!) may be predatory toward small pets and animals. If the animal runs, a greyhound's instinct is to chase.
My cousin has a greyhound that I spend a lot of time with. It's personality is really more like a cat. IMO. Way cool dog. Can't really trust his dog too much, that is the downside. For me, at least. but for others that is not a problem. I just mean the whole sighthound thing. Can't let it off a leash... etc. It is way more aloof and "I don't really care about anything" than my dog who is in my face all the time giving me HER opinion of things!! For me, sometimes the aloofness bothers me... but It is MELLOW and LAZY around his house and really just wants to sit by the heat vent on a pillow and be petted. that is why I say like a cat. In a good way though! With spurts of crazy tearing around the backyard! ;)
Also... their skin is thin and delicate and his dog has had stitches a few times. Even from little things like a tree branch scratching her. She got bit by another dog once and had to get lots of stitches down her front shoulder, and it wasn't that aggressive of a bite, but the flesh just tears easier. So be cautious about that.
And it did get out once and ran and ran and ran... in the middle of the city! It was quite a horrible moment, because once they get running, they do not stop! LUCKILY, my other cousin was shopping and actually SAW the dog running and drove after it with her car... but the dog would still not stop. She followed it for 25 minutes. Won't listen, won't stop for cars, NOTHING once it gets running!!!! They just go into sighthound mode and you cannot stop them. (dog did stop and she took it back home, eventually)
***Edited By: kdubbs27 on 12/19/2005 4:55:08 PM*** Reason: more
I have met ALOT of retired Greyhounds.They have to be taught to be a house dog.They dont know what stairs are.They dont understand cats or sweepers or just your regular house stuff.They are easy to trian thoough and they get over that stuff pretty quick.They arent a very hyper dog at all.Theya re calm and docile.They cant live outside.They have skin like a thoroughbred horse.They are very very thinned skin.They cant sit quite as llong as regular dogs.So dont make them do evry long sit stays.They can run up to 45 mile per hour.They are great animals.The plus about them comign from the tracks is that they are usually only 2 years old.They have been socialized with kids,adults,and dogs non stop.They are very good in their crate and are usually very good on the leash.They are very accostumed to having kids,dogs,adults around so that is very good.They make wonderful pets.
Thought I would add that they are very very big couch potatos that is why i like them so much.I have only met 2 greyhounds that didnt wnat to lick you all the time.Most are very very very loving.I have never seen an aggressive greyhound.Most can live with cats even the racers.Look at petfinder.com Also never ever let them off leash unless its fenced in.my neighbor has 2 greyhounds both retired racers.She takes them on bike rides every day.One is a therapy dog and one competes in obedience and high jump contests.
***Edited By: cockerlover on 12/19/2005 7:28:09 PM*** Reason: add