About Greyhounds

Greyhounds are descendants of an ancient breed that goes back to the Egyptians. The Egyptians worshipped the Greyhound and you see many inscriptions on the tombs of kings. They come from a noble lineage.
Retired Greyhounds are beautiful, loyal and intelligent pets. If given love and attention, proper food, medical care and exercise, they can live a long life (12 - 14 years.) They will provide companionship and unconditional love in return. Greyhounds are always "greytful" to their new family.
Greyhounds should never run loose unless in a completely fenced area. They are sight hounds and can see clearly up to a half mile. They will see something moving such as a squirrel or a cat and may chase after it. They proceed with "tunnel vision" and may ignore your calls. They can lose sight of you or be hit by a car.
Greyhounds can never be tied outside. Again, because they are sight hounds, they will take off (at speeds up to 35 miles per hour) and can break their neck. Greyhounds also are temperature sensitive; they have very little body fat. They will become colder or hotter than most other breeds.
You must be willing to be patient with your new pet for the first couple of weeks. The greyhound has never been in a house and everything is new to him. He'll need a little guidance with housebreaking (he is crate trained) and other new experiences. We recommend taking at least a few days off when you adopt to help with this transition.
Consistency is the most important thing in training your greyhound. For example, if you don't want your pet on the furniture, don't ever let him on the furniture. Doing it occasionally will only confuse the dog and frustrate you. The dog is a pack animal and your family is his new pack. He will want to be with you as much as possible. Teach your greyhound he is a loving part of the family and where he fits in. Obedience training is always helpful for dog/owner relationships as well as socialization.

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