Greyhounds; A wonderful & delightful addition to any family!!
For thousands of years, Greyhounds have been bred to hunt by sighting and then outrunning their prey. They are the world's fastest breed of dog. Possessing a graceful, athletic body, a Greyhound at top speed is breathtaking. Your veterinarian will tell you that Greyhounds are one of the best natured breeds. They make excellent house pets. Greyhounds are smart, sweet, calm, gentle, and loving with children and adults. Being curious and careless are also Greyhound traits. Noses get into everything!
Greyhounds run up to 45 MPH (70 KPH) and can hit top speed in three strides. They can cover many miles very quickly and will ignore your recall if they are in the middle of a chase. For this reason, they must be kept on a leash unless they are in a fenced area, and must NEVER be placed on a cable-run or other type of tether. Greyhounds are clean, odor free, and strictly an indoor dog. They have very short coats, with little to no body fat which makes them ill-equipped for life out-of-doors. If you want a dog that will spend most of its time outdoors, the Greyhound is not for you.
When possible, take your Greyhound with you wherever you go. Greyhounds love riding in cars and are very social animals; they want to be with you as much as possible and will enjoy learning all about their new world. Greyhounds have lived with other Greyhounds all of their lives, so they also love to socialize with other four-legged friends.
Because the Greyhound seldom barks and wants to be everyone's friend, it does not make a good guard dog. While it does very well on leash and doesn't require a lot of exercise, the Greyhound makes an excellent jogging companion. The Greyhound is basically a quiet dog and will spend much of its time sleeping in the corner of the room or may even bid for part of the sofa, if allowed.
Greyhounds are typically retired between 2-5 years old and their life expectancy is normally between 12 and 14 years. Greyhounds are a healthy breed and have no genetic difficulties, unlike many other pure bred dogs. Greyhounds and other sighthounds are more sensitive to chemicals and anesthesia than other breeds of dog. Greyhounds often vocalize. They smile, laugh, grumble, growl, yodel, and whimper in an attempt to communicate. These are not aggressive acts. The showing of teeth is generally considered a smile, which is a common trait of the Greyhound.
Greyhounds have all the advantages of breeding and training when it comes to being a good pet. Their sociability generally makes them great with other pets (including cats!). Their temperament makes them wonderful around children and friends. Their intelligence and breed make them perfect house pets, clean, quiet, and a loving companion. Whether you are a family looking for a playful friend, or an individual looking for a devoted companion, a well-mannered greyhound could be just the pet for you. Because greyhounds have been raised in kennels, a careful introduction into a suitable home environment is a must for successful placements.
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