Q: Can greyhounds fly?
A: Ours do...our pilots along with the generosity of Proteus Air at Santa Monica airport fly to Phoenix and Tucson to pick up the hounds... up to 6 dogs at a time. Flying the dogs reduces anxiety and allows Adopt-a-Star to move the dogs from the track to their new home in Southern California much more quickly. The greyhounds are given a mild sedative for the flight. For added safety, we bring volunteer handlers on each flight to make sure that everyone has a relaxed flight.
Q: What kind of pets do greyhounds make?
A: They are great house pets. They are very loyal, sweet and loving. They make wonderful companion dogs for old and young alike. They are gentle and easygoing, intelligent, quiet and polite.
Q: What type of training do retired greyhounds usually have?
A: By the time you are able to adopt a retired racer they are leash trained. Greyhounds are also crate trained. This means that they are trained not to do their business in their crates and it is fairly easy to train them after that. However it’s important to remember that they don’t have fond memories of their crates. It’s easy to housebreak your greyhound.
Q: How fast are greyhounds?
A: They can reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour in six strides!
Q: Are greyhounds hyperactive?
A: No, quite the contrary, they are called 45 Mile per hour couch potatoes! Greyhounds are bred to run fast for a very short period of time. The rest of the time they conserve their energy.
Q: How old are retired greyhounds?
A: Greyhounds are usually 18 months to 4 years old when they are retired from racing.
Q: How old do greyhounds live to be?
A: Their natural life span is 12 to 14 years
Q: Can I keep a greyhound outdoors?
A: No, their thin skin and slender frame make them unable to withstand outdoor heat or cold for long periods. They are indoor house pets only.
Q: Can I take a greyhound jogging?
A: Although they can learn to go for walks or runs with you, it will be a gradually learned experience and not an automatic response. Make sure you build them up to runs/jogs gradually. This is important not only for their endurance, but to help build the pads on their feet.
Q: Do greyhounds make good guard dogs?
A: Sorry, greyhounds are too affectionate to be effective guard dogs. They make good watch dogs...they watch them come and watch them go...most of the time without getting up. Greyhounds are large, and shaped like a doberman, so in the dark, you may have that going for you...until they run up to get a back rub.
Q: How much do greyhounds shed?
A: Greyhounds have only one coat of hair (no undercoat), making them virtually shed-free and odorless (typical dog odor is created by trapping moisture in the undercoat)...since no undercoat, no smell! Their short, sleek coat has more oil and less dander than other dogs, which means they are less likely to trigger allergies.
Q: Do greyhounds suffer from hip problems?
A: No. All dogs can have ailments but greyhounds are less likely to have many of the common ones associated with purebred dogs, due to the strict breeding practices.
Q: Is a greyhound really a hound?
A: They are a particular type of hound called sighthounds or coursers because they were bred to hunt by sight, rather than scent, and outrun their prey. Greyhounds can see for up to a half-mile and have peripheral vision of up to 270 degrees. In the 28-30 seconds or so that it takes a greyhound to cover 500 meters, they expel enough energy to boil a glass of water...and within 2 strides they have reached their top speed of 45-50 mph.
Q: What else are greyhounds good for?
A: In addition to being great house pets, greyhounds make excellent therapy dogs, due to their gentle nature. Greyhounds are also aware of their surroundings and tend to not have the same “bull in a china shop” tendency to knock things over, that are found in other breeds.
Q: Do greyhounds make good pets for households with children?
A: Greyhounds are good with children who understand and respect animals. We don't recommend a greyhound be placed with children under 4-5 years of age. We follow this precaution because greyhounds are large dogs and not because of any issues with temperament....as well, they tend to have a very happy and hard wagging tail...Children should also be old enough to understand respect for the greyhound and should obey rules. You know your children...best policy is honesty. Don't put your children or the greyhound in a difficult situation.
Q: Do greyhounds get along with other pets?
A: Every greyhound has it's own personality, just like people. A lot, but not all, of them get along well with cats and other house pets. A simple test will help us determine if your pet(s) will tolerate a greyhound, and if the greyhound will be a good cohabitant with your pet(s).
Q: Does a greyhound have to run every day?
A: Like all dogs greyhounds like to run, but leash walks three or four times a day and an occasional trip to the dog park will do them just fine if you do not have access to a fenced yard. Most greyhounds need less exercise than the average retriever or lab.
Q: Can I take a greyhound on walks without a leash?
A: For the safety of the dog we insist that Greyhounds NEVER be walked without a leash in an unfenced area. This is because their attention may be drawn to a squirrel or other object and then their instincts take over without regard to cars, etc. Additionally the greyhound may run for a couple of minutes and find itself lost far from home. Remember, it's 45 miles per hour! Further, it’s important to remember that no matter how well trained your greyhound is...the issue is not whether they will listen, but whether they can hear you...imagine sticking your head out the car window at 45 mph with your heart beating hard enough to propel you at that speed - you wouldn’t be able to hear someone sitting next to you.
Q: What should I expect when I bring a greyhound into my home?
A: These dogs have lived in kennels and at tracks all of their lives. They will rely on you to introduce them to such unknown things as mirrors, shiny and slick tile floors, swimming pools and sliding glass doors. You will need to teach them right from wrong, and safe from unsafe; however, they are very intelligent and learn quickly.
Q: How much do greyhounds weigh?
A: Males are between 65 and 85 pounds. Females are between 50 and 65 pounds...as a general rule. We have placed 90 lb girls and 60 lb boys.
Q: What colors do greyhounds come in?
A: There are 16 standard colors for greyhounds but none of them is GRAY! They come in brindle, black, white, red and combinations of these colors. The closest to gray is called "blue" and only 1% of all greyhounds are “blue”.
Q: What is the origin of the greyhound breed?
A: The greyhound is one of the purest and oldest breeds of dog, dating back to ancient Egypt. There were pictures of greyhounds on the peacock feather fans in King Tut's tomb. They were so revered that they often slept inside the tents with their masters and birth of greyhound was a cause to celebrate.