New to retired racing greyhounds? Learn more about this friendly, affectionate breed…
Racing greyhounds range in age from 2 to 5 years old when they retire, and they adapt easily into the new home environment. Older dogs adapt as quickly as the younger ones.
Greyhounds are not high strung or ill-tempered. They are better with children than most breeds and will usually walk away if children become overbearing.
Friendly and social by nature as a result of constant contact with human handlers and other dogs in the racing kennel, they can easily learn to accept cats and other small pets.
With proper care, greyhounds have a life expectancy of 12 or more years. They do not require large amounts of exercise – a nice long walk 3-4 times a week, plus a sprint once or twice a week in a fenced, grassy open space is good.
Greyhounds are friendly, affectionate dogs that thrive on attention and human companionship. They are raised with their littermates, where they compete for affection. They love becoming the center of attention and make marvelous household pets.
The derivation of the term Greyhound is unknown but has nothing to do with color. One possibility is that it is from old English gre-hundr, meaning dog hunter or high order of rank. Over the centuries, greyhounds have traveled with explorers and generals, adorned the suites of kings and queens, appeared in fine art and literature, and been the focus of major industries in both Europe and the United States.
Greyhounds are sight hounds descended from southern wolf strains. As hunters, they work cooperatively with other hounds and develop strategies of pursuit spontaneously during the chase. This characteristic can be seen in the independent behavior frequently exhibited by even the best-trained show Greyhounds in obedience competitions.
Although they have exceptionally keen eyesight, greyhounds also have keen hearing and sense of smell.
Retired race dogs have been trained to chase lures, usually mechanical but sometimes live. They are NOT vicious predators as many believe but chase things that move by nature. It is the Greyhound’s nature to run. They are sprinters that can run up to 45 miles an hour for very short periods. Some of them love to run; others are simply not interested after they retire.