The Greyhound is a breed of dog with a long and interesting history. Ancient Egyptian pharaohs, who relied on their speed and agility for hunting, kept them as pets.
Since then, they have retained a prominent position as the dogs of nobles and have appeared in various works of art and literature.
Would you like to have one of these quick-footed gentle giants? There are numerous Greyhounds in need of a new home you can find in adoption events, including retired racing Greyhounds. However, before bringing a Greyhound into your home, it is crucial to understand what to expect about their care.
Before introducing this type of dog into your household, you should conduct some research. Here’s why greyhounds make great family pets.
- They Are Reserved
Greyhounds are calm, friendly, gentle, and reserved. They are gregarious and enjoy other people’s company. In addition, unlike other canines, these dogs are relatively reserved. They will most likely not be moving around humans. Instead, you will most likely discover your Greyhound patiently waiting for others to approach.
If you frequently have visitors, you may be afraid about your dog’s behavior, but not with a greyhound. They’ll be kind and reserved. They’re the most affectionate dog breed for children and families.
- They Are Couch Potatoes
One short walk daily keeps them intellectually and physically active. Your Greyhound can also play in a secure backyard. Greyhounds aren’t escaping artists, so 6-foot fencing isn’t necessary. Fast and athletic, yes, they sure are, but Greyhounds are couch potatoes at home.
Keep in mind that the Greyhound’s instinct to chase is excellent. After a good relationship with their owner and adequate recall, they can go off-leash. Even so, Greyhounds should only be off-leash in a secure environment. Like any other dogs, they are often muzzled so that owners may take precautions. They will chase anything that moves, even a feather. So, be responsible enough.
- They Are Clean Dogs
Most greyhounds aren’t potty-trained, but they’re clean. Most kennel dogs don’t like to soil their sleeping area and will wait to go outside. After meals, play, and long periods of sleep, take the dog outside every couple of hours for the first week.
In the first few days, observe the Greyhound closely when it’s inside so you can correct it if it tries to go to the bathroom. When caught, say NO and take the dog outdoors. When it keeps going outside, applaud it. If the dog has an accident while you are not present, do not chastise it. Adjustments must be made at the time, not thereafter, or the dog will be confused and scared.
- They’re Good With Children
Laid-back and gentle, greyhounds make ideal kids’ pets. Greyhounds are great for families with children because they don’t bark excessively or run around the home all day, causing chaos. These qualities make this breed popular among adopting parents since it causes fewer headaches.
But, do remember to do this:
- Start building trust as soon as you bring your greyhound home.
- Ensure kids know how to behave around the Greyhound.
- Teach kids to be kind to dogs.
Simple actions like stroking and brushing the dog’s coat can help create trust between your youngster and Greyhound. Your kids can give the dog treats, set down the meal bowl, close and unlock the crate door, and attach the leash before a walk. These practices help kids and greyhounds build trust.
- They Are Healthy Dogs
Due to centuries of selective breeding, they have minimal hereditary health problems. Greyhounds, a large breed, don’t commonly have hip problems. Greyhounds are sensitive to anesthetics, so if they need one or have a greyhound-specific condition, see a greyhound-savvy doctor. Minor digestive issues, bloat, and Pannus, an eye disorder easily treated with drops, are also common.
- Greyhound Selection
The better a rescue group can match you with a suitable partner, the more you understand your own needs. When choosing a greyhound, there are some questions to ask. Do you require a dog who enjoys the company of children? One who gets along well with different breeds? Or perhaps a dog with a low hunting drive who won’t bother your cat? While any dog will be eager to pursue a cat or hare, only a greyhound has the speed to catch one.
Rescue groups can help with legitimate demands. If you choose the right dog, you’ll be together for years. Consider fostering a Greyhound before adopting so you and the dog can adjust before committing.
So, how would you go? You have an excellent taste if, after reading this list, you still think of something along the lines of ’Yep, a long dog is my kind of dog.’
If you are still unsure whether a greyhound is an ideal dog for you, though, you should contact a rescue organization in your area. Keep in mind that even if you are unable to adopt permanently, you may still be able to do so through the process of fostering.