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Frequently Asked Questions

Do greyhounds require a lot of exercise?

They enjoy but are not dependent on moderate exercise. They can make good jogging partners after proper conditioning. In most households, the shared experience of a brisk walk is enough to keep both the walker and the greyhound fit and healthy.

Are greyhounds hyperactive?

NO! The most common misconception about greyhounds is that a dog, which is capable of great athletic skill, is a dog that must be in perpetual motion. In reality they are quite lazy and enjoy lounging with the family.

Do they housebreak easily?

The greyhounds crated life is conducive to easy house training because they are accustomed to being let out to relieve themselves several times a day.

Can greyhounds live outside?

NO!!! Greyhounds are strictly indoor dogs. Greyhounds do not have an undercoat of fur and very little body fat (which controls body temperature). These factors make them susceptible to heat and cold similar to a human. A “dog door” can be a nice solution, if a potential adopter works all day.

Are greyhounds good with children?

Greyhounds, being inherently friendly, gentle and sensitive, are very patient with most children. But, like everyone else, they will only tolerate teasing and mistreatment to a certain degree. As an adult, you must teach your children respect for pets and the difference between a pet and a toy. Homestretch does not adopt greyhounds to families with children under seven years of age.

Are greyhounds good with other pets?

Greyhounds have lived their entire lives with other greyhounds, but being social by nature they are remarkably compatible and enjoy the company of most other dogs. However, common sense must be exercised during the introductory period and with regard to food, treats, bones or special toys. Feeding separately is always recommended in any multi-pet household. Because of their non-aggressive nature, we cannot place a greyhound with any other breed that does have aggressive tendencies. A track greyhound may never have seen a cat before, so a little extra caution; patience and close monitoring are required.

Why do greyhounds have to remain on a leash?

Every responsible dog owner keeps his dog on a leash, regardless of breed, near roads or moving hazards. Cars present an ominous threat to the greyhound whom instinctively to run without looking for vehicles or other dangers. Also, greyhounds can go so far, so quickly, they can easily become lost. You will have as much trouble finding them as they do trying to make their way back to you.

Are females better pets?

No! Males and females make equally good companions and housetrain equally fast. The females are generally much more independent and the males are somewhat more affectionate.

Considering the former lives of retired racers, how long do they take to bond with people?

Greyhounds are very friendly and thrive on human companionship. Bonding is usually accomplished in a matter of days.