Many people are surprised to learn that greyhounds make wonderful family pets. Considering that 9 out of 10 greyhounds don’t make it into old age because of the racing industry, maybe you should consider adopting one instead of a retriever or any other popular breed? Still not convinced? Read on to have common myths about greyhounds dispelled!
1. They Need a Lot Of Exercise
They’re naturally gentle and loving dogs, who generally don’t require a big backyard or a huge amount of exercise. Surprisingly they make great apartment dogs and enjoy nothing more than lounging around. So much so that they have earned the nickname ’60kph couch potato’. So long as they get a daily walk and plenty of cuddles, they are happy. Infact, they were voted as one of the best dog breeds for apartment dwellers because of their sluggish and chilled out attitude.
2. They Must Be Dangerous If They Wear A Muzzle
State laws require greyhounds to wear muzzles when in a public area. This is based on the assumption that the dogs have been trained to chase (and possibly harm) small animals.
But, as many greyhound rescuers are well aware, a muzzle does not signify that its wearer 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 ‘mask’ who’d love nothing more than to meet you (and your canine companion!). As with any dog, it’s always polite to ask the person at the other end of the leash if their greyhound is open to meeting new friends – communication is always key!
3. They Need To Be Outdoors
On the contrary, they are very lean and lack a long coat so they get incredibly cold when left outside. They enjoy nothing more than being under a duvet or snuggling in the warmth inside.
4. They Are Big Dogs So Need A Lot of Space
Greyhounds are very space-efficient. Not only can they compact themselves into an impossibly small ball they are super easy to care for in a small apartment, so long as they get a daily walk they make the perfect inner-city companion!
5. They Are Too Hyperactive
They are known to be a lazy breed however they do enjoy playing too. They have moments of silliness where they will race around in circles, bow and vocalise – but mostly they enjoy napping and chilling out.
6. They Are Dangerous To Your Other Pets
Greyhounds are naturally gentle dogs, but as ‘sight hounds’ they can easily be incited to chase moving objects. Trainers take advantage of this by taunting the dogs with live animals and by fastening these animals to fast moving lures. This shocking and disgusting practice is not the choice of the dogs, it’s the choice of the trainers. Many greyhounds flat out refuse to race and so they are killed because of it. It’s important to remember that, just like all animals and humans, each greyhound is an individual, so some may not like cats and other small animals, others see them as best friends.
7. They Are Not Cuddly
After a life confined in a small kennel, many rescued greys will relish the opportunity to be at your side (or on your lap … or couch … or bed).They may be very skinny and leggy, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy snuggling as much as the next dog.
You can save a beautiful, elegant and gentle grey…here’s a list of greyhound rescue groups:
QLD, NSW, VIC:
Animal Welfare League NSW
Animal Welfare League QLD
Animals in Need
Friends of the Hound
Greyhound Adoption Program NSW (GAP)
Greyhound Adoption Program Queensland (GAP)
Greyhound Adoption Program Victoria (GAP)
Greyhound Rescue Victoria
Greyhound Safety Net
Greyhounds As Pets (GRNSW)