Greyhounds are gentle, affectionate dogs that thrive on human companionship and their friendly, loyal nature and wonderful temperament make them an ideal family pet.
A patient and tolerant dog, the Greyhound is usually very good with children.
Due to their calm, sensitive and friendly nature, Greyhounds are suitable pets for people of all ages, including children and seniors, and also make great therapy pets for aged care facilities.
Most greyhounds are very sociable and mix readily with other dogs when introduced correctly. Some Greyhounds will get along well with cats, but others have too much ‘prey drive’ to live successfully with cats or other small furry pets. It must be remembered that ex-racing greyhounds have been taught to ‘chase’ and it may take some time for some dogs to understand that this is no longer expected of them or considered acceptable behaviour.
A large dog, the Greyhound stands approximately 62 to 72cm tall and weighs between 24 to 35 kilograms and has a life span of approximately 12-14 years.
They have a very fine, soft coat and because of this, and their low body fat, they tend to feel extremes in temperature more than most dogs.
Their short, sleek coat, the absence of doggy odour, their placid, sedentary nature and love of comfort combine to make them an excellent indoor pet.
They come in a vast array of coat colours: white, black, red, blue (grey), fawn and brindle, or any of these colours broken with white.
The Greyhound is a strong, lean muscular dog, built for sprinting over short distances. The breed are Sighthounds which hunt their quarry primarily by sight rather than scent and their natural quarry is the hare.
Greyhounds can reach speeds of nearly 70km/hour. Despite the image people have of them, they do not require a lot of exercise or space. A short walk each day is more than enough to keep them healthy and happy. A small yard is fine, particularly if they are getting regular short walks.
They tend to be “couch potatoes” and are content to laze around on a cosy bed or on the lounge beside their owners. They rarely bark, usually only when something is wrong or when they get really excited. They are not generally suitable as a guard dog (however their size is generally a good deterrent).
Due to being quiet, predominantly lazy and placid, low-maintenance and undemanding, Greyhounds make excellent pets for suburban homes and busy families. They are perfect indoor pets and loving, affectionate housemates.
The NSW Companion Animals Act 1998 requires Greyhounds to wear a muzzle unless it is on the owner’s premises, in a vehicle or at an Obedience Trial or Dog Show. However a program is available which allows pet greyhounds to apply for muzzling exemptions. For more information go to… http://www.greenhounds.com.au/
In Queensland, muzzling exemptions have been in place for a couple of years for ‘decommissioned’ greyhounds. For more information about the assessment process for the GAP green collar program go to… http://www.greyhoundpets.org.au/index.cfm?contentID=35
About Greyhound Racing
There are around 20,000 greyhounds bred in Australia every year.
Just under half the number of Greyhounds bred for racing each year do not make it to the track.
Most racing greyhounds are destroyed by the age of 3-4 years when their racing careers are finished or after suffering an injury preventing them from racing. It is estimated that at least one injury occurs in every race, and sometimes even a death, but more often than not the injury results in the dog’s demise as it is no longer useful as a racing prospect.
Sadly, thousands upon thousands of greyhounds are killed each year when they become surplus to racing industry requirements. Thousands are sent to universities where they are used in veterinary science training and experimentation; many end up at Vets as blood donors and/or are euthanized; hundreds are sent to China; and many are just shot. Very few greyhounds from the thousands bred each year are kept as breeding prospects, and a very small percentage are rehomed as pets.
Please ask yourself…
Why, in today’s modern society, when there is a huge focus on animal welfare issues, is a breed of one of the world’s most favoured companion animals overbred and destroyed in vast numbers, in the name of sport and entertainment, and incredibly, for the sake of gambling??
Rescue groups, animal welfare advocates and organisations, politicians and members of the community are fighting for various animal rights, including an end to puppy farming. The Greyhound Racing industry is the largest group of puppy farmers in our country, with the overbreeding, exploitation and killing of these greyhounds continuing to go unchecked.