To Adopt or Not to Adopt a Greyhound
10 Reasons to Adopt a Former Racing Greyhound
- They truly know the meaning of retirement.
2. They curl up to the size of a ball if they need to.
3. They expand to the size of the entire bed if they want to.
4. Now you can’t get out of that daily walk you promised your doctor.
5. You can dress greyhounds up as reindeer for Christmas.
6. Greyhounds are natural born interior decorators and love to rearrange your pillows.
7. They’re bigger couch potatoes than you are.
8. Now your husband no longer holds the title of flatulence king.
9. You can’t confuse them with Labradoodles (no offense to Labradoodles)
10. Greyhounds are forever thankful for being beloved pets.
6 Reasons NOT to Adopt a Former Racing Greyhound
- Greyhounds shed. While have a short-hair coat they are not hypoallergenic like some dogs.
- Greyhounds are indoor dogs. If you are looking for a guard dog or a dog to live outside in the doghouse, then a greyhound is not for you. Indoors, greyhounds require a soft bed and definitely a warm coat for early morning walks when the weather turns cold.
- Greyhounds are good with respectful older children but if you have rowdy kids or grand-kids who want to mount the dog like a horse (never a good idea for any breed), a greyhound is not for you.
- Size matters and greyhounds weigh between 55 and 85 pounds. Without meaning to and especially when excited, they can knock down a small child or frail adult.
- Greyhounds are easy to live with but have special needs. Their lack of body fat, long thin bones, fragile skin, and sensitive souls mean they need to be protected from temperature extremes, rough environments and inappropriate handling. Thousands of years of breeding to build quick reaction times, create blazing speed and must be kept safely in fenced areas or on leash at all times.
- Greyhounds have vet bills. If you live from check to check or on a limited income, a greyhound is not your best choice. While all dogs see the vet from time to time, because of breeding and repeat breeding the same DNA through generations of dogs and from compromised conditions on breeding farms and race tracks, many greyhounds are on a first name basis with their vet. But, greyhounds are survivors – if you can afford it – greyhounds are so worth it!