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Greyhounds as pets

Greyhounds make greyt pets for families, couples, singles – actually, we believe there is a greyhound for almost everyone.

The greyhound is part of a family of dogs known as sighthounds. Contrary to popular belief, these gentle dogs require minimal exercise and make fantastic pets because they are intelligent, quiet, affectionate and adapt to routine quickly.

Most greyhounds weigh between 24 and 36 kgs and can vary in height from 61 to 75cm and male greyhounds are often taller than females. They have a natural lifespan of approximately 12-14 years. Greyhounds come in a variety of colours, are easily groomed because of their short, smooth coat and generally don’t shed a lot of hair or have that ‘doggy’ smell.

Greyhounds tend to be couch potatoes and are content to laze around on a bed or couch. They prefer to be inside with the family and can adapt well to apartment living easily.

 

Some quick greyhound facts:

  • The first greyhound came to Australia with Captain Cook in 1770.

  • The only other animal that can accelerate faster over a short distance is a cheetah. A greyhound can reach speeds of 45 kmh in 3 strides and full speed of 70 kmh within 30 metres or six strides.

  • Greyhounds are usually found standing or lying down, they often find it uncomfortable to sit.

  • Greyhounds are being used as therapy dogs all over the world because of their gentle nature

If you are thinking about welcoming a greyhound into your life, visit out Adopt or Foster pages for more information.

Myths about greyhounds

Greyhounds need lots of exercise

You may think of greyhounds as energetic and athletic, but they have a lazy side as well. Also known as "the world's fastest couch potato” 

Greyhounds need lots of space

Greyhounds make great apartment dogs because they are quiet, easily groomed and low energy. Most think they are lap dogs, and spend their day snoozing on the couch.

Greyhounds are fine outside

If you want a dog that you can house outdoors or if you can't stand the idea of a dog on furniture, this is not the breed for you. Greyhounds love (and need) soft, warm places.

Greyhounds can't live with other animals

Every greyhound is an individual and some are able to live happily with dogs of all sizes, farm animals and even cats.

A greyhound won't suit my family

Greyhounds can fit perfectly into almost any lifestyle, as long as you take the time to pick the right hound for you. Greyhounds are adaptable and do well in loving homes with families who understand their needs. 

A muzzle means they are aggressive

In QLD the muzzle laws are set by Councils with some requiring greyhounds to wear muzzles in public. These are old laws based on the belief that greyhounds have been trained to chase, and does not signify that the wearer is aggressive or a threat to you or other animals.

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