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Greyhound Breed Re-homing
Greyhounds As Pets
(Retired racing greyhounds rehoming programme)
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email us anecdotal information about the nature, needs and
character of Greyhounds from you as an owner of the breed (as opposed
to technical breed standard information which is readily found
elsewhere). Published contributions are candid reflections
discussing the joys; pros and cons of the breed.
The purpose of this is to help educate potential owners. We want
potential dog owners to be well informed to make
the best choice of
breed to suit the needs of both the dog AND the potential
owners lifestyle. Hopefully this will
help reduce the need for later rehoming, or rescue of a dog,
that was not suited to a specific circumstance
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delight people with their speed and agility - whether on the
racetrack or as they frolic on beaches and in parks with their
beloved families. Because greyhounds make awesome family pets!
Friendly dogs who nearly always love kids, greyhounds
easily learn to get on with other dog breeds and family pets such as
cats and cage-birds. Some of them can even learn to live happily
with rabbits, despite their age-old hunting instinct. This is due to
their extremely intelligent and willing to please nature, plus their
respect for their own “pack” (their family and the other pets who
share their life). They are quiet dogs who rarely bark, except when
playing, or when warning of people coming to the door. Because of
their short, fine coat, they moult sparsely and don’t leave dog-hair
everywhere. Many people with allergies to other dog-breeds are able
to tolerate a greyhound in the house.
Greyhounds are eminently trainable, loving and loyal.
Although they are the fastest runners in the dog world, they don’t
need lots of exercise. A short walk every day (twenty to thirty
minutes is enough) and an opportunity to stretch their legs in a
nice long gallop once or twice a week, perhaps at a beach, dog park,
large back yard, or on a farm, is sufficient. In the house, they are
couch potatoes--except when a walk or dinner is imminent, you’ll
find them stretched out asleep on a nice comfy bed (probably yours,
given half a chance!!).
to be loved?
You never know where
you may find it
comes from unexpected places
to find out where...
Like all dogs, greyhounds require proper food,
sufficient water, health care, regular exercise and mental
stimulation. They don’t need large sections or special diets, and
are not susceptible to genetic weaknesses.
Ex racing dogs are available for adoption and over
500 have been rehomed in NZ through
Greyhounds As Pets
(GAP). Visit their website for more adopting a greyhound.
racing greyhound Pepper Law)
is so lovely, and we could not imagine life without her now. She
loves people & children & is always on her very best behaviour
around others, as to please us & make a good impression so that more
people can love & admire her.
She is fit & healthy, loves her walks, and she knows our driveway
now & turns in when we get back from walks. Nugget and Peppa the Cat
have made peace, although they’re not exactly friends - yet!
Instead, Nugget’s best friend is Buddy the toy bunny. She takes him
everywhere. Every now & again the two of them get caught on the
spare bed! Of course, Nugget tells us it’s always Buddy’s idea...
Beryl (ex racing greyhound
decided to get a Greyhound because my rescue dog, Frankie, got on so
well with them when playing at the park. Nearly 10 months ago Beryl
joined our family and she is wonderful. She makes me laugh every day
and is probably the easiest dog I've ever had. She is quite an aloof
character with other people as befits a Princess :) But she can let
loose with the best of them when she wants to.
She loves going to the park, river and especially the beach. New
places get her bouncing along with a grin from ear to ear. I had no
problems with house training, riding in the car, other dogs,
feeding, learning how to use the dog door! She is a thinker, with a
very subtle, cheeky, quirky character. And she is still developing
as a pet.
I am totally sold on having a Greyhound as a pet and
recommend the breed wholeheartedly.
(ex racing greyhound
a retired racing greyhound
(via Greyhounds as
Pets) was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Louie (Charlston
State) came into my life just over two years ago. He is a gorgeous
dog, and very special. Louie was a very successful racing greyhound,
winning many races during his long career
- he was retired at 4 ½ years old - and he now likes to keep his
racing skills up to scratch by tearing around Timona Park near our
home in Feilding.
Despite being an older dog (he will be eight this year) with a
racing career behind him, not only has Louie taken to pet life like
a duck to water, he’s also a star when it comes to the saying about
old dogs and new tricks. He’s a quick learner, highly trainable, and
just loves to learn new things. Louie has attained his Canine Good
Citizen Foundation Certificate, and is also an excellent performer
in Rally-O - as long as Mum remembers the treats!!!
Louie loves his new life as pet, especially having
his very own couch (which he shares, grudgingly, with two-year-old
greyhound Lucy whom he loves dearly). He is in awe of Mitzi the Cat,
but not above stealing her dinner when she’s looking the other way!
Playing with other dogs is great fun, but running with Lucy still
takes the cake!