- Do greyhounds make good pets?
Yes! Greyhounds make great pets. They are gentle, good natured, low maintenance, require less exercise than people think and are very clean. They have very little odour and shed minimally. Greyhounds are very affectionate by nature, love cuddles and attention. They are also very quiet and rarely bark
- Why should I adopt through Greyhounds As Pets?
Greyhounds As Pets’ staff have extensive experience in working with Greyhounds both behaviourally and medically. We have a passion for the breed and for further educating the public on what wonderful pets they make and ensuring we place greyhounds in the right homes.
The greyhounds that come through our program have been behaviourally assessed for suitability as a pet and have often also undergone a six weeks of foster care . In addition to this, our greyhounds are vet-checked, vaccinated, microchipped, desexed, intestinally wormed, heart-wormed and lifetime registered with council.
We are also the first Greenhound Approved Program which means that our dogs can be assessed and receive their Greenhound muzzling exemption for off-leash designated dog areas prior to adoption. For those that go to their new home with a muzzling exemption not yet in place, at a time convenient to you, we will assess your greyhound and if they pass, provide their Greenhound collar and tag free of charge.
Our staff are more than happy to provide ongoing support for foster carers and adopters throughout the dog’s life.
- What does the process of adopting a Greyhound involve?
Simply click the Apply Now button on the right to complete the Application Form.
The Greyhounds As Pets team will then contact you within two business days to confirm the status of your application. Following the approval of your application we can arrange for you to meet prospective matches , usually at our Central Coast or Western Sydney facilities or at a convenient place for the specific greyhound’s foster carer.
When you chose a greyhound from Greyhounds As Pets you are given a two week settling in or trial period to ensure that the greyhound is the right match for you and your family, and to ensure your home is the right place for that particular greyhound. If things don’t work out within that time you are refunded most of the adoption fee or another suitable greyhound can be trialled.
- What does the process of fostering a greyhound involve?
If you opt to foster a greyhound, there is a minimum commitment of six weeks needed. You are provided with dry food for your foster dog, as well as everything you need (if required) to get started, including a collar, lead, muzzle, bedding, bowls, worming and flea treatment. Fostering is a rewarding experience and allows for a significant contribution to be made to setting the greyhound on the right track for pet life, whilst not having the ongoing commitment of full-time pet ownership.
- Can I let my greyhound off the leash?
As a member of the sighthound family and one of the fastest animals on earth, we recommend that if you do wish to let your greyhound off leash, it is done so only in a completely enclosed area (i.e. fenced and designated leash-free area). We do recommend that even if your greyhound has its Greenhound muzzling exemption, that you keep his/her muzzle on due to the heightened level of activity and excitement which is quite common in dog parks. A greyhound should only be let off lead after he or she has been with you for some time and you are fully aware of how they socialise in different settings. During the foster period or trial period, you are contractually obliged not to let your greyhound off lead.
- Does my greyhound need to be muzzled in public?
In NSW, from 1st July, pet greyhounds are no longer required to be muzzled in public but must remain on leash like all breeds of dog. A greyhound will still require a muzzle in a specified off-leash dog area if it has not undergone an approved retraining program. An approved retraining program includes the six week in-home re-training program run through the Greenhound program. Where your greyhound will be assessed and to be deemed suitable by an Approved Greenhound Assessor to be unmuzzled. After this, your greyhound will have to have their Greenhound collar and tag on in public to be recognised as having its muzzling exemption when off-lead. If your greyhound is not wearing a muzzle in a public designated off-leash area and is not a Greenhound then you can be fined.
If you adopt a greyhound from Greyhounds As Pets, your new friend will either already have had a green collar assessment when they come to you, or will be able to be assessed for their green collar shortly after at no cost to you.
We always recommend having your greyhound muzzled when introducing them to other dogs, cats and animals in their new home. We also recommend keeping your new greyhound muzzled in public for at least 8 weeks from taking it home to really get to know the dog and it’s interactions.
- Do they need a lot of exercise or room?
Contrary to what a lot of people think, greyhounds are more like sprinters rather than marathon runners. This means that most of them only require a 15-20 minute walk each day. Many can sleep for up to 20 hours a day some are great for families and busy working couples. However there are exceptions to the rule and some greyhounds will require more or less exercise dependent on their energy levels and age.
As a large breed of dog, greyhounds actually require much less room than other breeds of a similar size and will often be found curled up around the house. We have (some rare special) greyhounds living in studio apartments, units and townhouses, as well as large homes and rural properties. Quiet areas and backyards are preferred, as this is generally where they are raised and are used to.
- Will my greyhound be toilet trained when it comes to me?
If you are adopting from us, then your greyhound will not be formally toilet trained but are quick to learn. In saying this, they still will require some work from you in showing them where the appropriate toileting places in their new home are. We encourage our foster carers to work on this with our dogs while they are undergoing their fostering period to prepare them for their adoptive homes.
- Are greyhounds good with children?
Greyhounds are ok with children that know how to respect dogs and give them space as well as take direction from their children. The nature of the greyhound breed means that they are relatively tolerant and accepting dogs such as having older or quiet children in the home, but this should not be taken for granted and children should be never left unsupervised around the dog.
We recommend, as with all dogs, that children are taught to respect the dog, especially around the dog’s bed and around the dog’s food/mealtime.
- Are greyhounds good with other dogs?
All the Greyhounds that come through our program have been specifically assessed for their compatibility with a small dogs and are carefully socialised and monitored around other dogs during their time at GAP. Appropriate introduction of your new greyhound with other breeds of dogs on lead is strongly encouraged (e.g. muzzled and in a controlled environment) after they have settled into your home (1-2 weeks). Issues with other breeds of dogs usually come about when the greyhound has had a bad experience (for example if the other dog has been overexcited or unfriendly towards the greyhound) or when they are feeling overwhelmed or anxious.
- Are greyhounds good with cats and other animals?
The simple answer is that like all dogs some are good and some are not. We sometimes have cat friendly greyhounds available, however, we still strongly encourage adopters with cats to keep the muzzle on their greyhound for the first couple of weeks while observing how they interact with smaller pets in the household. We have placed greyhounds into homes with chickens, cats, horses, alpacas, rats, ferrets and even rabbits (extremely rare though)! It all depends on the individual greyhound and through the adoption process, we’ll aim to match the best dog for your lifestyle.
- Which gender makes a better pet, male or female?
Both! It depends on what kind of dog you are looking for. We tend to match greyhounds to homes based upon the individual personality of the dog and the adopters requirements rather than their gender. We have approximately equal numbers of males versus females that we have placed into pet homes. In terms of acquiring a second dog for your household, there is no hard and fast rule as to whether you should get a male (if you already have a female) and vice versa. It all comes down on the dogs’ personalities and part of the reason why we offer all adopters a trial period before finalising any paperwork.
- How much should I feed my greyhound?
For an average sized greyhound, it is recommended to feed a good quality dry food twice daily (1.5-2 cups) and then adjusted as required to maintain an ideal body condition. For variety and interest you can combine this with fresh meat (250-300g morning and night), tinned sardines, vegetables, pasta rice and eggs but try not to mix up their diet too much. If you intend to feed a dry-food only diet, please ensure it is labelled as ‘complete’ to ensure your greyhound is getting a balanced intake of all necessary dietary requirements. More in-depth feeding suggestions can be found in our re-homing manual which will come with your greyhound.
- Are greyhounds good watch dogs?
Although your new friend may watch everything, he/she will most likely not make a good guard dog as they are not generally protective over property and would more likely want to become friends with an intruder. The size of a greyhound alone may be quite intimidating to intruders.
- What is the average age of a greyhound at adoption and how long do they live for?
Our dogs usually range from two – five years of age, however we do sometimes get puppies and older dogs into the program from time to time. The average lifespan of a greyhound is 12 – 14years.
- Do greyhounds require a lot of grooming?
Greyhounds are very clean dogs and are almost cat-like in their grooming behaviour. As they don’t have an undercoat, they are less likely to trigger people’s dog allergies, shed very little and carry little or no odour. A brush once a week with a dog brush should suffice along with the occasional bath (three-four times a year, and only then if they really need it).
- Are there certain medical issues which greyhounds are prone to?
They are quite a healthy breed with very few inherited health conditions due to centuries of selective breeding. As a large breed dog, many of the medical problems such as hip dysplasia that are quite common in dogs of the same size do not commonly occur in greyhounds. As a breed, they can have sensitivities to anaesthetics so it is best to take them to a vet that has greyhound experience if an anaesthetic is required or greyhound-specific condition is present. Other ailments found in this breed include minor digestion related conditions, bloat and Pannus (an eye condition which is easily controlled with daily drops).
- What are the adoption fees and what is included?
The adoption fee for all of our Greyhounds is $250 which includes a dog that is vet-checked, vaccinated, microchipped, desexed, intestinally wormed, heart-worm treated and lifetime registered with council.
A collar, lead, muzzle, and temporary identification tag will also be provided. If the greyhound has received its Greenhound status, a Greenhound collar and tag will be provided upon finalisation of the adoption.
Our re-homing guide is a great manual for new adopters and our helpful staff are also just a phone call away!