(Closed) wanting to adopt a retired racing greyhound

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
4824 posts
Honey bee

My friend did and he is a great dog. He is actually a really lazy low energy dog. He goes out once or twice a day for a few sprints and then just lays around all day.

Post # 4
52 posts
Worker bee

Hi! My fiance and I adopted a greyhound almost two years ago. He had just turned two when we adopted him, meaning that he had a pretty short racing career. (He wasn’t injured or anything. He was just slow!)

Adopting him was a great decision. We love to take him to the dog park and on hikes. He needs to go out for walks 3-4 times per day. The rest of the time, though, he is happy napping. As @lefeymw mentioned, retired greyhounds tend to be really lazy and low-energy. That’s why they make such great apartment dogs.

Ours has a very low prey drive, so he is cat-friendly and gets along with small dogs. He is also good with children, something that was really important for us to think about.

If you have any specific questions, let me know! I am happy to help.

Post # 6
52 posts
Worker bee

@aprose: Our dog was housebroken when we got him. He doesn’t chew anything he’s not supposed to, although he does need to be stimulated with toys that he can attack/chew/rip apart. Our dog is also fine with stairs. He has to climb stairs everyday in our house.

Most adopted greyhounds will spend some time in a foster situation with someone who is experienced in their care. These people will do things like make sure that the dogs are used to cats (if the home will have cats), stairs, elevators, etc. All of this should be taken care of by the adoption group.

Many greyhounds that have been adopted by friends have some degree of separation anxiety, however. That has to be something that you are prepared to deal with. Separation anxiety can result in the dogs injuring themselves in their crates (gnawing on the metal bars, for example), excessive barking, “accidents” in the house, whining/rooing, etc.



Post # 7
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I used to have a big brindle boy– he has gone to the bridge. They are great dogs, as long as you are OK with a very large dog. Even the smaller ones take up a lot of room

Be prepared for a lot of attention! Everyone you meet will be curious about him/her. Also, make sure your agency matches you up with a dog that suits your current and future lifestyle. This includes housing, possible children, etc. Truthfully, my hound would have been much happier in a home with another dog and a big fenced yard.

There is also a great community surrounding greyhounds. I got really involved with rescue, which helped tremendously when I had to move to a new city. My dog really enjoyed the playtime with other hounds.

They are snobby dogs. If we were at the dog park and another greyhound came in, he would just walk away from the other dogs to play with “his own kind”. They really seem to recognize their own breed.

If you can get two, it is highly recommended–that really helps ease the separation anxiety. Remember that they have always lived with other dogs, in a kennel. Going into a house by themselves is really stressful–they have no idea what they are supposed to do. Most of all, just be patient over the first 6 months as they learn to be a pet and be loved.

Good Luck!

Post # 8
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I have no experience with dogs but I do see a LOT of these retired greyhounds around Chicago. They seem to be very popular! It always makes me smile when I see them because I’m glad they found good homes 🙂

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