Is a Greyhound Right For You?
The Greyhound is a breed with the tragic ability to run fast. Many Greyhound
owners use their dogs to compete in races and put them down when they loose
too many races. However, these dogs can also be wonderful pets and many
of them are rehabilitated by Greyhound rescues.
Before you open your heart and home to a displaced Greyhound, you should
talk to the rescue about the problems new dog owners face. Racing Greyhounds
are trained to chase down a mechanical rabbit. Unfortunately, they don't
always differentiate between a rabbit and a small dog or cat. They do better
as single pets. In addition, these dogs are already full grown, but are
not potty trained and do not have any idea of household etiquette.
The Greyhound is classified as a member of the Hound Group by the American
Kennel Club. These dogs first appeared in ancient Egypt, where they were
used to run down prey. When they came to England, they became common with
British noblemen, who began racing them. Greyhounds traveled to America,
where their owners continued this popular sport.
Greyhounds are large, powerfully built dogs. They have long legs and
narrow bodies. These dogs are all muscle. Greyhounds have dark eyes and
a long, graceful tail. Unlike many other breeds, a Greyhound can be any
Greyhounds are capable of developing an incredible speed, but they are
not actually high energy dogs. In between races, these dogs are couch potatoes,
conserving their energy for the next chase. They need a fenced yard so
they have room to run, although dogs that live in apartments adapt to walking
on a leash without too much trouble.
Greyhounds are friendly, sociable dogs. They love to spend time with
their family and are very playful. They like nothing better than snuggling
up on the couch beside their owners all evening long. Greyhounds enjoy
playing with children and are very gentle with them. They also play well
with other dogs. You will need to keep a close eye on your dog if you have
other pets, since the prey instinct may be too hard to resist.
Greyhounds need plenty of fuel for their bodies. You will need to feed
your dog a high quality dog food. However, since these dogs are prone
to bloat, do not allow your dog to overeat. Several small meals are better
for his health than one large meal. Consult your veterinarian to find out
how much you should feed your dog at each meal. A good
dog vitamin supplement is also a good idea for these dogs.
Grooming a Greyhound
is simple, since these dogs have a short, sleek coat that does not shed
your Greyhound once a week should be sufficient. You may also want
to trim his nails if they are tapping on the floor when he walks.
Owning one of these dogs can be overwhelming at first. However, if you
are willing to persevere, you can end up with a wonderful, devoted family
pet for many years to come.