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?
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?
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
With proper care, Greyhounds can live 12 years or
Are racing Greyhounds already housebroken?
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
Why do Greyhounds wear muzzles while
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.