Thinking about adopting a greyhound? Read this to learn more about what to expect when it comes to housebreaking, behavior, and personality…


So, you want to adopt a dog? Great idea! Want to hear an even better idea? Rescue an adult greyhound. No pooch is too old for puppy love, and puppies are only puppies for a few months after all, right? Here’s some food for thought and a few reasons why adopting an adult greyhound might be your better option:

Housebreaking: Racing greyhounds are kennel broken. They have been trained to go outside and keep their kennels clean. Walk them frequently at first, and they quickly learn that their new home is the place they keep clean and that outside is where they go to relieve themselves. It is not unusual for an adopted Greyhound to be completely housebroken from the start. In most cases, adult dogs are by far easier to housebreak than puppies. You can teach an old dog new tricks!

Behavior: Many Greyhounds in shelters or with rescue groups are already trained and ready to go! Adults have a much longer attention span than puppies which means they are easier and faster to teach. Adult dogs already have recognizable personality traits, so you will be able to select one who is great with children and other pets. Many rescue groups use foster homes to make sure each dog for adoption is trained to be well behaved indoors. Although all dogs need attention and playtime, an adult dog’s needs are far less demanding than a puppy’s.

Personality: With an adult dog, what you see is what you get. Their personality is already developed, and you will be able to spot the characteristics you are looking for much more easily than with a puppy. Shelters and rescue groups are able to assess the personality of each dog for adoption and carefully match you with the right dog for your lifestyle. When you adopt a puppy, there is a lot more guesswork involved.

Adult Greyhound adoption = an instant friend for life: Ask anybody who has adopted an adult greyhound, and they will swear their bond with their rescued pal is as deep as they come. When you open your heart and your home to a dog that needs help, they really do show their appreciation for the rest of their lives! Greyhounds that have been uprooted from their homes or have had difficult beginnings are likely to bond completely and deeply with their new human caretakers whom they view as heroes. They want nothing more than to please their new hero – YOU! No matter what circumstances brought them to the shelter or rescue group, most greyhounds for adoption are exceptionally affectionate and attentive pets and extremely loyal companions.

But first, you have to adopt one!