Things to know about Greyhounds
Greyhounds have low body fat which means they are sensitive to many
medications and should never wear a flea collar.
Greyhounds have very thin skin, which means that their skin can tear very
easily. As a result, please ensure that your greyhound is muzzled with
playing with one or more other dogs. A little nip that wouldn’t harm
another breed of dog can create a significant wound on a greyhound.
Due to their low body fat and single layer coat, greyhounds are sensitive
to heat and cold. This means that sweaters and coats are essential in the
winter. In addition, if your home lacks air-conditioning, consider using
a kid’s wade pool or a cool-down coat to make your hound more comfortable
in the summer heat.
Due to their long legs, most greyhounds are more comfortable using raised
food and water dishes. There are lots of different types of raised food
stands available at pet stores, or consider using plant stands as an
Dog beds are an essential piece of equipment for greyhounds – because of
their thin skin and low body fat, greyhounds can easily develop hygromas
or callus-like growths on their elbows.
greyhound’s head are smaller than their necks, so they need to wear
martingale style collars. Technically a choke collar, these collars are designed to tighten safely
around the greyhound’s neck which makes it extremely difficult for the
hound to slip their collar.
Greyhounds are not used to small animals or other breeds of dog, so they
will need some time to get used to other pets. Most will adjust very
quickly to other large dogs and get along well with them. Teaching
them about smaller dogs, cats and other small pets may take a little
longer – so patience is required.
Greyhounds should be muzzled whenever they are being introduced to other
family pets and you will need to be careful and aware of this during the
All new greyhounds will need a transition period as they settle into their
new homes. Some hounds will adapt very quickly to their new
situations and others will require a longer time and more patience as they
get used to life in a home.
A greyhound can reach speeds of approximately 65 kilometers
per hour and they can reach their top speed in 3 strides. They can also
see up to a half kilometre away. As a result, they can never be off-leash
unless in a completely enclosed area. Nor can they ever be tied-up
outside as they can gravely injure themselves if they reach the end the
tie-down at such speeds. Greyhounds should never be walked on a
flexi-leash. The recommended leash length is 5 or 6 feet.