Adopting the Racing Greyhound


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Former racing Greyhounds are often taken on as pets, and they can adapt well, though they often need house training, and, like many sighthounds, some have a tendency to chase cats. They can move at an extremely fast pace, even those rejected as too slow for racing, but, surprisingly, they do not need much exercise, preferring a few quick sprints, followed by long naps on a soft bed, preferably yours, if they can get on it. They are much easier to live with if owners invest time in obedience training as soon as their adoptee comes to live with them. Greyhound rescue centres provide useful advice, and do their best to match dogs to owners.

Some ex-racing Greyhounds are so easy-going that they can be take on by first-time dog owners, and can happily co-exist with children, while others can be more challenging. Generally they co-exist happily with other dogs in the same household, though they can easily be hurt in scraps, since their fur does not provide much protection.

This book is an excellent guide to what to expect if you take on a racing Greyhound, and it can help you to understand many quirks which can surprise even experienced dog owners.