|Barked: Fri Nov 3, '06 2:24pm PST |
|I think it may be important to consider the difference between buying a Greyhound from a breeder, and rescuing an ex-racer. Maybe someone with more experiance in the breed can go more in-depth, because I've only met one breeder-bought Grey. It was like a bouncy little gazelle, running and chasing and getting into everything - and I hear that on average, that's how they are.
Whereas ex-racers do tend to be pretty docile, lazy and loving. However, they may also need a lot of help adjusting to life away from a race track. A track shut down here two years ago, and there were an estimated 200 - 400 Greys that suddenly needed homes. People - with good intentions, I'm certain - sprang into action, attempting to convince everyone in New England that Greyhounds were the absolute perfect dog, ever. The same article that talked about how laid-back and lazy they were would then discuss what excellent distance jogging compainions they made. Well, working in a training facility, about 2 months after the dogs were mostly placed the phone calls started: One new Grey wouldn't walk on lineloum, another kept running through screen doors, one kept running away, many wouldn't sit... and "No one ever told us it would be like this!"
Of course you can get through all that and come out with an incredible dog, there may be some hard work involved. I do know one ex-racer in particular who's simply amaizing... He hates to fight, but is one of the most dominant dogs I've ever met. He's fully off-leash trained and Delta certified as a therapy dog. He's one of Vance's best friends. And yes, he's a horrible food theif... He can and will open almost anything to get at food.
As for health concerns... Their skin is paper thin, and it just rips. If they're going to be playing with other dogs or something on a regular basis, you might want to consider that. I've never really seen it to a point of needing stitches, but I know a lot of people nearly pass out over having to deal with something like that.
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