Routine Care: Greyhounds are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and short play sessions. They can have a high prey drive, so they need to be leash walked and a sturdy fence is a must. They can also be sensitive to cold, so a warm winter wardrobe is a must.
Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.
Dental: Greyhounds often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Greyhounds are even-tempered, quiet, and have a low activity level indoors; an excellent housemate.
• Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions
• Quiet—not much of a barker
• Needs minimal exercise
• Mild-mannered and easy to get along with
• Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much
• Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise
• Can be difficult to housetrain
• Standoffish toward strangers
• Can be independent and strong-willed
Whether you are considering adding a new Greyhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Greyhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Greyhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Greyhound could encounter:
The Greyhound is an ancient breed thought to have originated in Egypt. Bred for speed, they were used for coursing game, including deer and hare. This sighthound is a popular racing dog, known as a “40-mph couch potato,” because while they are fast, they also enjoy resting at home.
The Greyhound was bred for sprinting rather than for endurance. The Greyhound is the fastest of all dogs, clocking in at speeds of up to 44 mph! At home, the Greyhound is a gentle and laid-back dog that appreciates a comfortable place to sleep. Greyhounds are good with calm children and most family dogs.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Greyhound shows signs of the following:
Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
Any new or changing lumps or bumps
Lameness with or without swelling
Stiffness or reluctance to rise/sit/use stairs
Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
Cloudiness to eye lens
Small blood vessels extending onto the clear cornea
Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
Tubular vomit, undigested food
Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing