|Barked: Mon Jul 8, '13 11:48am PST |
|I love Greyhounds. Used to work voluntarily as a teenager at a racing kennels and I worked later on at a rescue centre for a short time where some of my fave residents were the Greys. Definitely on my future breed list for when I want to rescue.
My experience with them has been that they are hugely affectionate with their humans and are generally friendly with strangers too. They commonly lean into you for fuss and are just total love bugs. They are usually good with other dogs, although the ex-racers can be iffy with smaller dogs depending on the amount of socialization they've received previously, which for many of the ex-racers isn't much. It's for this reason that many ex-racing Greys are muzzled. However, this isn't a given with the breed, because many ex-racers can successfully go on to live with small dogs and other smaller pets. It really would depend on the dog. Prey drive again, can be dependent on the dog. Some Greys have high prey drive, some are virtually non existent and is the reason why some Greys are retired from the track early. Many Greyhound and Lurchers are walked off lead here with no problems whatsoever. Contrary to what many people believe it is possible to teach them a decent recall and have them off lead. Being very laid back and lazy they don't require a huge amount of exercise and they're often referred to as couch potatoes. They are sprinters, not hikers, so while they can accept long walks, they are perfectly happy with a 30 minute run around before coming home and crashing out for the rest of the day Very, very quiet dogs. Even working in the kennels I did you hardly ever heard the dogs barking. They're a great low maintenance breed and make fantastic companions.
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