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We recommend reading our Greyhound Guide as a great starting point to learn about the breed. It will address the most common questions about the hounds and whether or not adopting a greyhound is right for you. The Guide is available as a .pdf download and can be viewed here: http://afgwm.org/Greyhound_Guide.pdfThe following is copied from our website FAQ page:

The following is copied from the FAQ page of our website:

How old are retired racing greyhounds and how long do they live? They are typically 2 - 4 years of age. Most are retired from racing by 5 - 6 years of age. occasionally, we have also received older females 7 - 8 years of age that were used for breeding stock. A greyhound can live 12 - 14 years of age with proper nutrition, routine qualified veterinary care and regular dental cleanings which is much longer than many other large dog breeds.

How much do greyhounds eat & how big are they? They typically eat 3 - 4 cups a day of a good quality food depending on their size and an how active they are. Greyhound males stand 26 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder, and weight between 65 and 85 pounds. Females stand 23 to 26 inches and weigh 50 to 60 pounds. Because Greyhounds have little body fat and a thin coat, they are NOT suited to live outdoors.

Do Greyhounds shed a lot? It seems to vary a lot from dog to dog. Some will shed an appreciable amount, others hardly at all. "Appreciable" means that when you use a curry comb, you can get loose hair off the dog. They do not have undercoats and therefore are less likely to trigger people's dog allergies (Greyhounds are sometimes incorrectly referred to as "Hypoallergenic".)

How does the Adoption Process work & what is the cost? First we have you go to our website (http://www.afgwm.org) and fill out an on-line application. Don't worry if you don't have internet access you can contact Allies for Greyhounds at (866)929-3647 and have a paper application sent to you. When we receive your application a local volunteer will contact you and set up a "Home-Visit" so that we can sit down face to face and get to know each other and answer questions you may have. The home-visit is probably the most important part of the adoption process. Once an applicant is approved for adoption we will help you pick out a dog that is suitable for you and your family. We don't "force" a dog on you but we help you pick a dog that is going to fit your needs. The adoption fee of $ 225.00 covers: Spay/Neuter, Teeth Cleaning, Shots Updated, 3 months supply of Heart-worm Preventative, Martingale Style Collar (specially designed for Greyhounds), Leash, and of course a Greyhound. Prison Dogs are $325 and that covers: Spay/Neuter, Teeth Cleaning, Shots Updated, 3 months of Heart-worm Preventative, Martingale Style Collar, Leash, and their TGIE training. Along with this, you will also have access to a large Greyhound community where Greyhound owners pride themselves with their knowledge and love of this wonderful breed.

Are greyhounds good with children, cats and other animals? Greyhounds and older children can be best friends and companions. Where greyhounds and younger children, say 6 and under, need supervision as with most other breeds of dogs. Younger children sometimes do not understand the need to respect the dogs space. Recommended reading - Child-proofing Your Dog by Brian Killcommons. Most greyhounds are good with cats and small animals. Every greyhound's prey instinct varies and there is no way to be sure until the dog is tested. Greyhound's are naturally social with most other canines due to their previous lives at the kennel. All pets should be introduced with the greyhound wearing a muzzle until you are very confident that all is safe.

Are greyhounds high strung, do they need lots of room to run and will they come back when called? Greyhounds are usually very laid back. Since they have spent most of their lives in a kennel situation where they are turned out in a pen 4 times a day and run a race every 4 days or so they are used to laying around most of the time. Hence they are referred to as the "40 mile per hour couch potato". A standard sized residential yard is ample space for a greyhound to exercise in. The important thing is that the yard be enclosed with a safe and secure fence. A greyhound is a sight hound by nature, they are stimulated by sight and have been bred for centuries to chase. Given the chance they will take off and generally will not come back when called. For that reason greyhounds need to be in a secure fenced area or on an appropriate leash at all times.

Are greyhounds hard to house break? Since they have been in a kennel situation and are on a very strict schedule at the race track and are let out 4 times a day they are much easier to house break than, say a puppy. Keeping them on a schedule and using positive reinforcement is usually helpful in housebreaking.

Why do I sometimes see greyhounds wearing muzzles? They wear muzzles when they race to protect one another from snapping. It is recommended that they wear a muzzle once they have been retired and get together for fun-runs. It is also recommended they wear a muzzle when introducing them to other animals for the first time.

Aren't retired racing greyhounds mean since they have been so abused? First of all, not all greyhounds have been abused. However, any abuse is too much abuse. No, these dogs aren't mean. If anything, some may be timid at first, but most are extremely affectionate and silly. Every dog is different but most adjust to their new environments and bond with their new owners readily and quickly. Most greyhounds will walk away from confrontation rather that be involved in it. Some greyhounds are territorial about their beds. This is because they aren't used to sharing their space with others. Therefore some of them may grumble or even snap if someone or something tries to share its bed

What about their Vet care? Due to the unique physiology and anatomy of Greyhounds a veterinarian who understands the issues relevant to the breed is generally needed when the dogs need treatment, particularly when anesthesia is required. Greyhounds demonstrate unusual blood chemistry which can be misread by veterinarians not familiar with the breed; this can result in an incorrect diagnosis. Greyhounds have much less fat than other dogs and therefore can not metabolize anesthesia as quickly. If your regular vet isn't familiar with the breed we can help you locate a local vet that works with Greyhounds on a regular basis.


An important note: Please remember that the above statements are generalized. No on can guarantee any breed of dog to be cat-safe, housebroken, quiet, etc. Each dog has its own personality and traits.
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