Greyhounds are just about as gentle as you can get — and while they may be bred to race — they’re born for much more. It’s time to bust some common misconceptions people have about Greyhounds!
Greyhounds need loads of exercise.
Greyhounds aren't overly energetic and they love sleeping! On the rare occasions they are full of energy, these guys would rather be eating or playing than joining you on a strenuous hike or 10km run. Greys are built for speed – not endurance. A daily walk and some garden play time is usually enough to keep them happy and healthy.
Greyhounds are hyperactive.
Greyhounds are sometimes affectionately considered to be a lazy breed — however just like any dog, they love to play! When a Greyhound does let their human or animal friends know when they’re ready to have some fun, this usually ends with what are known as ‘zoomies’ – running around in circles — a hilarious and infectious display of joy that may only last 10 minutes before it’s time to nap again.
Greyhounds are dangerous around cats and small animals.
Greyhounds are naturally gentle dogs, but as ‘sight hounds’ they will usually have an inbuilt desire to chase moving objects. Ex- Greyhound Racing dogs will have been trained to chase specific moving objects, but It’s important to remember that, just like all dogs, each greyhound is an individual – so while some of them may not be able to live with cats and other small animals, others may see them as companions. Speak to one of our homing centres for advice on the perfect Greyhound for you.
Greyhounds must be aggressive as they wear muzzles.
You see many Greyhounds wearing muzzles when in public areas. This is usually just a precautionary measure due to their natural chase instincts. As many dog lovers are aware, a muzzle does not necessarily signify that the dog is in any way aggressive or a threat to you or other animals. If you see a greyhound with a muzzle on – try not to judge! There’s likely to be a big softy behind that muzzle.
Greyhounds aren’t cuddly.
One of the best things about big dogs is that there’s more of them to love. They may be “90% legs” but that doesn’t mean they don’t snuggle up as well as the next dog! Greyhounds are incredible tactile and most of them will love being made a fuss of as much as any breed.
Greyhounds are suited to an outdoor environment.
With hardly any body fat, thin skin and a very fine coat, greyhounds are particularly susceptible to the cold. Access to a warm, dry and safe area is vital at all times and a coat in the colder winter weather is a must.
Rehoming one will turn you into a ”Greyhound enthusiast”.
Actually, this is true. Once you have opened your heart to a rescued greyhound, there’s no going back — these sensitive dogs have a way of leaving their mark on all those who love them! For many greyhounds, their adoption will be the first time they’ve ever lived in a loving family home. And they will gladly return that love and more for the rest of their days.