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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is that Greyhound NOT Grey?

The actual origin of the breed name is unknown but is generally thought to be from the Old English grighund which means fair dog. There are sixteen recognized coat colors for Greyhounds including white, black, brindle, blue, fawn, red and any combination of white and these colors.

How large is a Greyhound?

Fully grown, an average male greyhound will stand 27-30” at the shoulder and weigh 65 - 85 pounds. An average female will stand 24-27” at the shoulder and weigh 55 -65 pounds.  

How old are Greyhounds when they retire from racing?

Most racers will retire somewhere between two and five years of age. A few will be held back for breeding purposes and may not retire until up to 10 years of age.

What is their life expectancy?

Their life expectancy is between 12-14 years. The Greyhound is a healthy breed which does not have the inherent health problems of many other large breed dogs. Hip dysplasia and other genetic defects are rare in the retired racer.

Are there any other health problems to consider?

Health problems are absolutely minimal compared to other breeds, although tick borne diseases are a potential health risk. With their lack of body fat, Greyhounds cannot metabolize anesthesia as well as some other breeds. A good dental care routine of brushing and/or chewing should be followed. Like other large breed dogs, osteosarcoma is not uncommon in older greyhounds; however, a common theory is that this is only prevalent in greyhounds because they tend to live longer than other dogs of similar size.

How much do they eat?

A Greyhound will eat between 2.5-4 cups of good quality kibble daily.

Are they housetrained?

Retired racers are crate trained. They have been trained to go outside and keep their crates clean. They will quickly learn that their new home is the place they keep clean and that outside is still where they go to relieve themselves.

How much exercise do they require?

Greyhounds do not require a lot of exercise and will be content with a couple of brisk 20 -40 minute walks daily. Although they have been trained as sprinters, with a little conditioning, many make excellent jogging companions for distances of up to 7 or 8 kms. Given the opportunity, they will also enjoy a good run in a fully fenced field.

Do they make good watch dogs?

Greyhounds rarely bark, are not generally territorial, and are usually as friendly with strangers as they are with their own family. Due to these traits they do not make good watch dogs.