My 3-year-old maltipoo is not interested in playing with other dogs. She is friendly to our neighborhood dogs, but that's all. At home, she does not play with her toys. The only activity she likes is chasing a small ball that I throw around the room. I am thinking about adopting a rescued greyhound. The greyhound foster families provide feedback if the dog is good with small dogs, children, etc. They also advise if the dog is laid back (which I would get for Ellee) or needs more activity. My husband thinks this is a bad idea. Please give me your advice. Thanks so much.
Hmmm... How small is your dog? Realize that greyhounds are bred to chase small, furry things. It's possible that you can get a retired racer that doesn't care, though.
It sounds like your dog simply isn't a doggy social butterfly, and having another dog in the house probably isn't going to change that. We had our retired racer only about a month, and she wasn't all that playful either. She didn't play with balls or toys much. What she liked to do was sprint around the yard a few times. If we took her to the dog park, she would run with all the labs chasing after a ball -- just to prove she could sprint past them. She didn't really interact with the other dogs much.
In my experience, the greyhound rescue people are pretty good at screening their dogs. They can probably do a better job telling you if your situation will fit a greyhound. On the surface, it doesn't strike me as a very good fit.
You're going to get different responses to this. Some people think mixing big and small is reckless and dangerous; other's think it's fine. I personally think it's fine, but I would never leave a large dog unattended w/ a small dog. I have a Maltese and a Rottweiler and they are separated when I'm not home. They get along splendidly and the Rottie submits to the Maltese, but I won't risk Bailey getting hurt. Unless you are prepared to keep one dog crated or in a differnt room, you should rethink getting the greyhound. Also, you should be getting the greyhound b/c that's what you want, your Maltese/poodle mix has made it pretty clear that she neither wants nor needs a canine companion. I don't think it's right to bring in another dog unless hubby is on board either.