If you are considering selecting a greyhound for your next pet there are some things to consider. Greyhounds are sight hounds, meaning they hunt by sight. They are also one of the oldest breeds of dogs, being used in medieval hunts and even farther back into the middle ages.
There are two distinctly different type of Greyhounds. There are the show dogs, which are those that are registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club), and those that are bred for racing. It is much more common to find a retired racing greyhound as a family pet than a show dog. There is also a higher population of racing dogs compared to show dogs. Both types of Greyhounds come in a multitude of coat colors. Anywhere from white to black, or with tiger looking stripes know as brindle, which can come in a variety of shades. There is also a color known as blue, where the dog has a grey coat, but can appear blue under the right lighting conditions.
When selecting the type of Greyhound you wish to add to your family, you must consider a variety of factors.
- Do you want a puppy or an adult dog?
- Do you wish to have a show dog or a retired racer?
- If you are considering a Greyhound puppy it is recommended that you be an experienced dog handler, as Greyhounds under a year old can be extremely hyperactive and do not always do well in a home environment.
- Greyhounds do not required a fenced in yard, but it is recommended that if you let your dog out in an unfenced area that they be kept on a leash.
- If you do not have a fenced yard you must be dedicated to walking the Greyhound every day.
- Greyhounds also do not bark very much, and if you chose a retired racer, they have been trained not to bark by the track trainers.
- Greyhounds have a short single layer coat, and don't do well in extreme temperatures.
- They also don't have a lot of body fat so require soft beds.
- Greyhounds also do extremely well in a family environment with children and other pets. Also, Greyhounds can live to be 15 years old and are a very healthy breed.
Retired racing Greyhounds are available through a multitude of adoption agencies. It is recommended that you adopt a racing Greyhound because thousands of dogs are euthanized every year after they are retired from track racing.