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Should I Adopt a Greyhound?

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How Do Greyhounds Behave?

Greyhounds are loving, quiet, and gentle dogs, but I feel could be skittish due to all the racing because of so many people yelling. If you do take in a retired greyhound, give it plenty of daily exercise, and keep in mind that this breed especially likes stuffed animals. Take your greyhound to the vet if they're injured or you notice anything unusual. If you can, spay or neuter the dog, as this can prevent various issues taking place in the future. Never underestimate a greyhound's intelligence - they are particularly smart dogs. Although they may not comprehend you trying to have a whole conversation with them, they can understand a great deal.

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Will My Kids Be Safe Around a Greyhound?

If they are properly trained as well as socialized, then yes. Greyhounds are gentle and sweet dogs. Although they probably cannot tolerate smaller kids very well as all the noise can make the greyhound become stressed. They are non-aggressive but should be better off living with older children. Teach your kids to be careful around the dog; not pulling its ears and stepping all over its tail. If your greyhound still seems annoyed by your children, try taking your dog on a long walk to clear their mind. Greyhounds are intelligent breeds, so eventually they should understand that they're just going to have to live with the kids. You could also try better explaining the situation to your children, making sure they are aware that they could be a little less boisterous around the dog until it feels more comfortable with its new environment.

Grooming and Feeding a Greyhound

Greyhounds over 60 pounds should eat about four cups of a good quality dog food (your dog doesn't have to weigh exactly sixty pounds, but the average greyhound weighs around sixty lbs) per day. Using a soft-bristle brush 1-2 times a week will eliminate any dead or loose hair, while also keeping the natural oils in your dog's coat healthy. It is also recommended to bathe your greyhound once a week, but some people might only do it a few times per month. Make sure you use a gentle shampoo. Baby shampoo is alright to use on dogs as long as it is unscented and your vet has okayed it.

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Are Greyhounds Dangerous?

People often misunderstand greyhounds because they never see how affectionate they really are. Greyhounds are gentle and loving. Many people don't want a greyhound because the only ones they've seen have been racing. Greyhounds are actually a great choice for a dog. They appreciate the company of other dogs, but should still be supervised rather than left alone while with other canines. According to Greyhoundcrossroads.com, up to eighty percent of greyhounds can live safely with cats if they're introduced properly. Some greyhounds are even friends with rabbits, ferrets, birds, etc.

The Pros and Cons of Adopting a Greyhound

Extra Things to Know About Greyhounds (And the Best Way to Train Them)

Mainly, greyhounds are easy-to-care-for dogs with loving and affectionate personalities. They're considered as low shedders and their coats can be easily managed. You might also be thinking, "I have kids, and already read about the situation. But I'm still not convinced that bringing a greyhound home to my children will be completely safe". Well, I suggest looking into that. Some people think it's okay, and some people think it's dangerous. Get information on the topic from a reliable source and make the most sense of it as you can. If you're still not quite sure, you can talk to your vet about it, or research even more in different places. Greyhounds are, more often than not, great dogs to have. They're also good in active families, so going on jogs, hikes, or even long walks can make your greyhound happy. Furthermore, this breed's usual speed is 30-40 miles per hour, however their maximum racing speed is 45 miles per hour. Due to their incredible speed and agility, greyhounds are often used in racing. Greyhounds, and dogs in general, are easily trained with positive reinforcement. In fact, that's how I trained my dog. Positive reinforcement is basically just rewarding them for their good behavior, or when they display the behavior you desire. Whether you give your dog treats, belly rubs, or just tell them "good dog", positive reinforcement is always better than punishing your canine when they don't correctly perform the trick or show the behavior you want them to.

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Name Ideas For Your Greyhound

Male greyhound names:

  1. Finn
  2. Jack
  3. Buddy
  4. Max
  5. Cooper
  6. Charlie
  7. Shadow
  8. Milo
  9. Louie
  10. Duke

Female greyhound names:

  1. Molly
  2. Stella
  3. Lucy
  4. Rosie
  5. Bella
  6. Penny
  7. Luna
  8. Daisy
  9. Lilly
  10. Lola

Unisex greyhound names:

  1. Turtle
  2. Wiggles
  3. Fluffy
  4. Ace
  5. Jaws
  6. Jet
  7. Pup
  8. Moss
  9. Dragon
  10. Fetch
  11. Bailey
  12. Neo

If you have any other greyhound name ideas, feel free to put them in the comments (including which column [female, male, or for both genders] you feel it should go in) and I'll consider adding it.

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I Want to Adopt a Greyhound, But Should I?

Even though owning a dog can make you happy, you should always put your future canine first. Will you be able to afford food for your dog, and yearly vet visits? Do you have an enclosed yard that's large enough for a greyhound to run around and be happy in, or can you set aside time to walk the dog? Will you be home to give the dog the attention it needs? There are possible solutions, like if you need to go run some errands but don't want to leave your greyhound alone the whole time, you could ask a friend or family member to watch him/her until you get back. But you still have to consider if he/she is going to have a good life or not. Will you adopt a greyhound and just regret it a few days afterwards? You need to make sure you can handle the responsibility of a greyhound and not get angry at it if it chews up your favorite pair of shoes, or covers all the furniture in dog hair. Of course dogs in general don't behave perfectly, even if they're trained. Eventually, your greyhound is going to misbehave, and you have to make sure you can handle that before deciding you're going to own one.

The Average Weight and Height of Greyhounds

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Female

57-75 pounds

27-28 inches

Male

60-88 pounds

28-30 inches

A Compilation Of Funny Greyhounds

The 7 Best Things About Greyhounds

  1. They get along well with other dogs (especially other greyhounds).
  2. They're intelligent, affectionate, and gentle.
  3. Greyhounds are easy to groom and only have minimum shedding levels.
  4. They adjust/adapt to new environments rather easily.
  5. They can come in a variety of colors, such as white, black, red, and brindle.
  6. Greyhounds are great dogs to get if you have children, cats, or other dogs.
  7. They're bred to be hunting dogs, so they are fast, agile, and energetic breeds.

Greyhound lifespan: 10-14 years.

Italian greyhound lifespan: 12-15 years.

Spanish greyhound lifespan: 12-15 years.

Whippet lifespan: 12-15 years.

Saluki lifespan: 12-14 years.

Borzoi lifespan: 7-10 years.

Afghan hound lifespan: 12-14 years.

Ibizan lifespan: 12-14 years.

Sloughi lifespan: 12-14 years.

Scottish deerhound lifespan: 8-11 years.

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Comments

liataylor (author) on August 25, 2021:

Thank you for pointing that out! Could you tell me which photo it is so I can fix it?

Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 22, 2021:

The photo is not a Greyhound

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