Greyhound Pet Adoptions
of Daytona Beach

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FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

How old are retired greyhounds? Greyhounds are usually between two and five years of age when they are retired. With proper care, they can be expected to live 10-14 years of age.

How big are they? Male Greyhounds generally stand 26 to 30 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh between 65 and 85 pounds. Female Greyhounds generally stand 23 to 26 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh 50 to 65 pounds.

What should I expect if I adopt a Greyhound? Because Greyhounds have never been in a house before, EVERYTHING is new. Therefore, expect them to be somewhat confused and very curious. House manners will need to be learned. Greyhounds are very intelligent dogs and learn quickly. A retired racer will need to be shown what glass windows and doors are. They will also need to learn how to go up and down stairs. Not all Greyhounds adjust as fast as others. For example, some Greyhounds may be more difficult to housebreak. Others may have a tendency to chew and some may be extremely shy. A lot of patience, love and understanding is needed through this adjustment period.

Aren't all Greyhounds gray? Like other breeds of dogs, Greyhounds have many different color variations Blue (gray), which is the color many people think Greyhounds are, is actually very rare. The most common color is brindle. The America Greyhound Track Operators Official Color Chart recognizes eighteen different color variations.

Does my Greyhound need a special space in the house? During its racing career, your Greyhound never lived outside of its crate and/or kennel. For this reason, your dog's kennel/crate will be a source of security for them while they adjust to your home. After a transition period, Greyhounds are no different than other house dogs.

Will my adopted Greyhound require housebreaking? Greyhounds are kennel-trained. This means that they are trained not to soil their crate. At first, you will need to take your dog outside frequently while it learns to adapt to a regular housebreaking schedule. Within a short period of time your dog will be housebroken. However, nothing is perfect, and you should expect a few accidents along the way.

Do greyhounds make good guard dogs? By nature Greyhounds are not aggressive animals so for guard duty they are not ideal. They will bark though, and usually their size and bark are enough to make an intruder think twice.

Do retired racers get along with cats & other small animals? Generally speaking other dogs are not a problem but a small number of retired racers see cats, birds and very small dogs as moving prey. All of our dogs are cat tested before placing them in a home.

Do Greyhounds require a lot of space? Greyhounds are small large dogs, meaning they are graceful, short coated and often curl up in a tight ball when they sleep. Because of that they don't have as much of a physical presence as, say, a Newfoundland or St. Bernard.

During their racing career, Greyhounds are accustomed to racing every three days. As Greyhounds get older, their exercise requirements diminish. Basically, the younger the dog, the more exercise it will require.

Greyhounds do fine in apartments and condos and if you don't have a fenced yard a good brisk walk twice a day will satisfy your dogs exercise needs. Greyhounds adapt so well to retirement they are dubbed "45-mile an hour couch potatoes".

Why do Greyhounds wear muzzles? All race dogs are transported with muzzles. It is not because they are vicious, but rather, because all breeds of dogs are prone to nip or snarl when they are under stress, be it the stress of chasing a lure or traveling in close quarters. When a race is a photo finish the muzzle indicates clearly on the photo whose nose crosses the finish line first.

What type of medical care do Greyhounds require? Like any other dog, Greyhounds require annual vaccinations. They also require annual checks for heartworm and other parasites. You will want to verify that your veterinarian is fully informed about Greyhounds as a breed, since they will require special care when anesthesia is administered.

Greyhounds are sensitive to many chemicals used in flea-control products. Be sure that you only use those products that are known to be safe to Greyhounds. NEVER use a flea collar.

Greyhounds are not susceptible to conformation diseases such as hip displasia.

Why can't Greyhounds be staked on a dog chain? Greyhounds are sight hounds and will chase most anything that catches their eye. With a dog capable of reaching high speeds in a short period of time, the snapping back when the dog reaches the end of the tether could injure him severely or result in his/her death. NEVER tie your Greyhound to a stake, clothesline-type run or any stationary object.

Why are Greyhounds required to be kept on a leash unless in a fenced-in area? Greyhounds love to run and can do so at speeds in excess of 40-miles per hour. They instinctively love to chase things, especially rabbits and squirrels. In their quest for speed, a Greyhound can quickly become injured or lost. Since they have lived in kennels all of their lives, they are not "street wise" and have no fear of traffic.

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