Star City Greyhound Adoptions, Inc.
2907 Mount Pleasant Blvd.
Roanoke VA 24014


Is a Greyhound right for you?
The prospect of getting a new pet is quite exciting, and everyone looks forward to finding that 'right one'.  It's important to do your homework when considering such an addition to the family.  While we at Star City Greyhounds want to find good homes for our adoptees, we want to make sure you understand what it means to have a greyhound in your life!  Before you become attached to one of our beauties, please take the time to review the following questions:

Do Greyhounds make good pets?
 Greyhounds make terrific pets.  They are affectionate, friendly dogs that thrive on attention and human companionship.  For most families, Greyhounds are ideal because they are usually tolerant of children and socialize well with other dogs as a result of their experience in the racing kennel.

What type of environment do Greyhounds require?

Because Greyhounds have very little body fat and a thin coat, they are not suited to live outdoors.  They prefer temperature controlled environments and soft beds where they can feel safe and protected.

How big do Greyhounds get?
 Most Greyhound males stand 26 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder, and weigh between 65 and 85 lbs.  Females stand 23 to 26 inches and weigh 50 to 65 lbs.  Although the average Greyhound consumes up to 2 lbs. of meat per day, they burn off excess weight when they run, so they are usually thin and carry little body fat when they are retired.

What is the life expectancy of an adopted Greyhound?
With proper care, Greyhounds can live 12 years or more.

Are racing Greyhounds already housebroken?
Adopted Greyhounds are often completely housebroken from the start.  In their racing kennels they are turned out 4 or more times daily to relieve themselves and become accustomed to going outside for this purpose.  They may need to be taken out frequently at first, but they quickly learn that their new home is to be kept clean and that they must go outside to relieve themselves.

Should Greyhounds be kept on a leash?
Greyhounds love to run, but a leash assures them protection from injury. Without a leash, they might run straight into traffic or hurt themselves in other ways.  Because they are accustomed to being walked and exercised on a leash, Greyhounds adapt well to this safety measure and should always be kept on a leash.

Are All Greyhounds grey?
Not at all!  They can range in color from fawn (golden) to black, or brindle, and almost anything in between!

Why do Greyhounds wear muzzles while racing? 
Greyhounds wear muzzles while racing to identify themselves so racing officials can determine the outcome of a photo finish and to protect themselves from injury.  The only time your retired racer would need to wear a muzzle is when they are running and playing with other greyhounds.  Greyhounds have very thin skin and a playful nip can cause skin tears.  The muzzles help prevent these play injuries.



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