have a docile and easygoing nature. They are truly
companion dogs and enjoy being with people. They
are tolerant and most greyhounds get along well with
children. They will usually walk away if a child
becomes overbearing. But, even greyhounds have
limits and should be supervised around young children.
enjoy the company of other dogs and most of them get
along with cats. Some greyhounds do have a high
prey drive and need to be in a home without small dogs
greyhounds sleep an average of 18 hours a day, they
are often referred to as "45-mph couch potatoes."
are strictly indoor pets. They do not have enough
body fat to protect them from the extreme nature of
the elements. Therefore, they need to be in air-conditioning
in the summer and in the heated house in the winter.
are usually between the ages of 2 - 5 years old when
they are retired from racing. They are retired
either because they are not fast enough or due to an
injury. With proper care, they have a life expectancy
of 10 years or more.
- 65 pounds
- 26 inches at the shoulder
inches at the shoulder
come in a variety of colors. They can be brindled
(striped), ticked, solid or a combination of colors.
Colors include black, white, red, fawn, and blue.
The most common color for a greyhound is brindle,
with blue (gray) being the most rare.
racing, greyhounds are fed a high-protein diet. After
retired, they need to be fed a high-quality diet. Greyhounds
do tend to have sensitive stomachs, so foods containing
artificial coloring need to be avoided.
should be fed twice a day (morning and evening). They
usually eat between 3-6 cups of food daily.
of the greyhound's deep chest, we suggest using elevated
bowls for food and water to aid in digestion.
Greyhounds has begun feeding Solid Gold and Precise
Pet Products to our foster dogs with excellent results.
Solid Gold and Precise are premium dog foods that
are made with human-grade ingredients. Neither,
Precise Pet Products or Solid Gold dog foods contain
any corn, wheat, white rice, soy or preservatives. To
learn more about dog food ingredients and the importance
of feeding a premium dog food, please go to Dog
require little grooming. They do need to have
their toenails trimmed regularly (every 2-3 weeks).
They do not have a "doggy smell," so
they do not need to be bathed often. Some greyhounds
do need to have their ears flushed with an ear wash
see teeth and gum issues with greyhounds, possibly due
to their diet while racing and genetics. It is
important to maintain good oral heath to prevent other
illnesses. Things you can do to keep your greyhound's
mouth healthy: feed a premium diet, brush teeth
regularly, provide items for the greyhound to chew on
and get necessary dental cleanings.
love to run and the easiest way to exercise a greyhound
is to let it run and play in a fenced yard. Most
greyhounds learn to play with toys and enjoy tossing
them in the air. Some like to run with a "stuffy"
in their mouth. One of the most enjoyable ways
to exercise a greyhound is to take it for walks. Be
prepared - Greyhounds are people-magnets and will attract
all kinds of attention. They are sprinters, and
with training they can build endurance and go for a
greyhounds are kennel-trained not to soil their crates
and are turned-out several times a day to relieve themselves. It
is a rather easy transition to teach the greyhound to
think of your house as its crate. At first, you
will need to take your dog out frequently. Soon
you will recognize your greyhound's signal for needing
to go out. As with any new dog, you should expect
a few accidents.
live in crates during their racing careers. We
do suggest crating newly-retired greys in the beginning.
A crate can provide a source of comfort and security
to the dog. It can also be used as a tool to assist
in housebreaking. As the greyhound adjusts to
its new lifestyle, it can be weaned off of the crate.
Many greyhound owners use baby gates to keep their
greyhounds in a certain room while the owner is away
from the house.
wear a muzzle during a race to determine the outcome
in a photo-finish and it also helps protect them from
possible injury. Greyhounds can be very competitive
and do like to "nip" each other while running.
Therefore, it is a good idea to muzzle greyhounds
when several are playing together. A greyhound
wearing a muzzle is similar to an athlete wearing a
mouthpiece or a bicyclist wearing a helmet.
to adoption, All-Star Greyhounds will provide the following
veterinary services: spay/neuter, dental cleaning,
heartworm test, worming, and vaccination update (if
medical care will help your greyhound live a long and
healthy life. You will need to provide:
heartworm prevention (Heartgard Plus, Interceptor
exam and cleaning
care when needed
want to verify that your veterinarian is familiar with
Greyhounds and their special medical needs, especially
with anesthesia. Greyhounds have different blood
values than other breeds. What may appear
to be a normal blood count in a greyhound, can actually
mean an infection. To learn more about the greyhounds
blood values, please read this article
written by Dr. Suzanne Stack, D.V.M.
Products & Chemicals
are very sensitive to chemicals and pesticides. If
flea treatment is necessary, be sure to use flea sprays
and shampoos that contain pyrethrums.
use a flea collar on a greyhound -- they can be fatal.
Some greyhound-safe flea products are: Advantage,
Frontline, and Adams Flea Spray. When in doubt about
a flea product, please consult your veterinarian.
Chemicals and ice melting products can be harmful to
any pet. Greyhounds are very susceptible to chemicals,
therefore, it is suggested not to use any chemicals
around the dogs. If absolutely necessary to use
lawn chemicals or ice melting products, use extreme
caution. Many Lawn Companies also have all natural,
non chemical, lawn products, but you will have to ask
following is a list of expenses that you will want to
consider when determining whether to adopt:
(while on vacation)
& Dog Chains
tie a greyhound to any stationary object or clothesline-type
run. They are sight hounds and will chase nearly anything
that moves. Greyhounds can reach a speed of 40
mph in 3 strides. Serious injury or death could
result if a greyhound ran at full speed and was jerked
to a stop.
in a home is a new experience for retired racers. Everything
is new -- people, sounds, smells, dog beds, food, other
pets, stairs, windows, glass doors, etc. To help
our retirees adjust to their new lives, All-Star Greyhounds
initially places them in foster homes. This is
a family that has a greyhound living in the home. We
have found that the newly-retired greyhounds adjust
to retirement life easier and quicker if they have another
greyhound as a companion. The "foster"
greyhound can take cues from the other greyhound and
learn house manners.
is an adjustment period whenever a dog is placed in
a new environment. Your greyhound will look to
you for guidance to help it adjust to its new surroundings.
Let your greyhound know what is expected of him
or her and get it on a schedule. Greyhounds are
very intelligent and learn quickly.
patience, love and understanding, your greyhound will
settle into its new life of retirement and reward you
as a wonderful and loyal companion.