Greyhound: The Versatile Breed


In the news, I have seen that many greyhound race tracks have shut down in states such as Florida and Alabama. Retired racing greyhounds have needed homes for quite a while, but now many more need homes. While I am not here to pressure anyone to adopt a greyhound, I just want to share some information on how this breed is suitable for different kinds of home environments. Let’s dig in and see how.

They Can Live Well in Apartments

While they are the fastest breed, they are also couch potatoes as long as they are exercised regularly. They are definitely content as being gentle lap dogs. They are also pretty quiet which is great if you don’t want your neighbors to be annoyed by noise. If you are an apartment-dweller who wants a greyhound, you’ll need to make sure they are always walked on a leash or allowed to run in a confined area such as a dog park or a fenced-in shared yard. Some greyhounds have a strong drive to chase small animals, and they are hard to catch if they get loose.

Greyhound Adoption Agencies Screen Each Dog Before Putting Up for Adoption

Good greyhound adoption agencies are found throughout the U.S. Before allowing one to be adopted, they screen the dog to get a sense of its personality, behavior, and if it will do well with other pets such as cats. They will also put some in foster homes so that they can see how the dogs will act in a home. Retired greyhounds have generally lived in kennels with many other greyhounds, so it is important to see how one will act in a home environment. When adopting a greyhound, you can request ones that are friendly with cats and small dogs.

They Can Be Great With Children

Greyhounds generally do well in families with kids. They are smart, friendly, and docile. They However, some are timid and/or prefer peaceful environments. These particular greyhounds may be stressed in households with small, energetic children, so it would be wise to ask if the agency has dogs used to children when adopting.

Most Retired Greyhounds are Between 2-4 Years Old When Adopted

This means that they are very likely to be house-trained from the beginning. Always a plus!

They Are Very Sociable

Many of them will love tagging along for car rides or just lying next to you all day. They are also curious about new people, and because they grew up being constantly around other greyhounds, they tend to do very well when meeting new dogs.

They Require Little Maintenance

Greyhounds do not shed much and are usually odor-free. No constant trips to the groomers are necessary.

When It’s Cold Outside, They Can Wear Coats to Keep Them Warm

This breed does not have a lot of body fat, making it prone to being cold. Luckily, there are websites that sell clothes specifically for greyhounds for those walks outside. Plus, if you celebrate Christmas, they look really cute in reindeer costumes.

One Thing to Note about Greyhounds

While they are suitable for a variety of homes, they are not meant to be outside dogs. Their short coats and low body fat would not help them in changing weather. Also, even if you have a fenced-in yard, you don’t want the chance of these dogs somehow escaping when no one is watching. Again, they are fast breeds that are very hard to catch. Plus, if you have one that’s prey-driven, it can be bad news if they chase after a neighbor’s pet.

If you are considering adopting a retired racing greyhound, know that they gentle dogs that are suitable for different environments. If you are serious about adopting, there is always more research that can be done. Great places to start are in the links below, on greyhound adoption sites, or even on YouTube from greyhound owners who share what owning one is like.