Q. Are greyhounds highly strung?
A. No. They are naturally calm and rather self possessed. As a breed they have been around for a very long time. They are genuine thoroughbreds.
Q. Are greyhounds good with children?
A. As good as any dog and better than most, because of their characteristic gentleness.
Q. Are there character differences between a dog or a bitch?
A. The differences tend to be less pronounced than in many other breeds. Spaying or castrating can normally relieve most behavioural problems and is recommended.
Q. How much exercise do they need?
A. Toilet considerations apart, very little indeed. Twenty minutes, twice a day is usually more than enough. Greyhounds are sprinters and they use up their energy in short bursts.
Q. Is muzzle wearing obligatory?
A. No. But it is better that the dog is muzzled when you are out and about. They are quite used to it and associate it with pleasurable walks. If you feel you need to let your dog off the lead, a confined space and the wearing of a muzzle is recommended.
Q. Will I need a special bed for the dog?
A. No. An old quilt folded in two is perfect. But they are used to sleeping off the ground and will need no encouragement to take over your bed as well as your settee. They do like to stretch out.
Q. How do greyhounds get on with other dogs?
A. Normally ok. There will be an initial wariness, but familiarity and common sense is the order of the day. Not easy when you are such a superior breed.
Q. Are greyhounds easy to train and do they come back when you call?
A. Yes, but it needs patience and understanding. Like any dog, a greyhound loves to please and tasty rewards are highly appreciated after the racing regime
Frequently asked questions
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