Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Attended conferences / shows
North Carolina, United States
Posted January 4, 2014
I've worked with multiple Greyhound rescue groups and have come to love these sweet, intelligent dogs. There aren't many in shelters, surprisingly, Because so many companion Greyhounds are rescued from a life of racing, a lot of their mannerisms, and the mannerisms people expect them to have, are due to their previous racing conditions.
Although they are used for racing, most of the Greyhounds I've met have been very docile, and more likely to take a nap on the couch than run around the backyard. Although it' possible for Greyhounds to be trained as watch dogs, most of the ones I've spent time with aren't really interested in watching for potential threats. Some Greyhounds have a tendency to be a little nervous and high strung, but it depends on the dog.
Since Greyhounds have such thin skin and lean bodies, they will have trouble laying on hard surfaces or in cold places. Therefore, companion Greyhounds should be kept as "indoor" dogs. Greyhounds' bodies also make them prone to some health issues, but that is to be expected with any larger breed.
Greyhounds might enjoy going for walks, but for the most part are complete couch potatoes (in my experience, anyway!). They are lovable and snuggly, and their patience makes them great with children.