The Perfect Pet
Greyhound owners and adoption groups agree that Greyhounds make wonderful pets.
Greyhounds are quiet, gentle, and loyal to owners and their family. They are very loving creatures, and they enjoy the company of their humans and other dogs. Whether a Greyhound enjoys the company of other small animals or cats depends on the individual dog's personality, like any other pet. Many owners describe their Greyhounds as "45-mile-per-hour couch potatoes".
Greyhounds live most happily as pets in quiet environments. They do well in families with children as long as the children are taught to treat the dog properly and with politeness and appropriate respect, like any other pet. Greyhounds have a sensitive nature, and gentle commands work best as training methods.
Occasionally, a Greyhound may bark, however Greyhounds are generally not barkers, which is beneficial in suburban environments, and they are usually as friendly to strangers as they are with their own family. A very common misconception regarding Greyhounds is that they are hyperactive.
In retired racing Greyhounds, this is not the case. They can live comfortably in small homes and flats, as they do not require much space and sleep close to 18 hours per day. In fact, due to their calm temperament, Greyhounds can make better small home and flat dogs than smaller, more active breeds.
At most race tracks, Greyhounds are housed in crates for sleeping. They know no other way of life than to remain in a crate the majority of the day. Crate training a retired Greyhound in a home is therefore extremely easy.
We always recommend that owners keep their Greyhounds on a leash whenever outdoors, except in fully enclosed areas. This is due to their prey-drive, their speed, and the assertion that Greyhounds have no road sense like many other pets.
So what is stopping you adopting or fostering?