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Greyhounds as Pets

Below we have answered the most frequently asked questions about greyhounds and the care they require. ​
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    How big are greyhounds?
    Most greyhounds stand between 26 and 29 inches tall at the shoulder. They usually weigh between 50 and 80 pounds. Females are typically smaller than males.
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    How old are your available greyhounds?
    Most of RMGA’s available greyhounds are between 2 and 5 years old. We do, however, occasionally have dogs as young as 18 months and as old as 12 years old.
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    What is the life expectancy of a greyhound?
    A healthy greyhound will normally live between 12 and 14 years.
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    How are greyhounds with children?
    Many greyhounds do well with children. Greyhounds are generally very patient dogs, but they do have limits. They tend to walk away from problems rather than confront them. Children should be taught to not approach dogs who are eating or sleeping. Children should also be taught to always be gentle with dogs. Babies and small children should always be monitored when with any dog.
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    How do greyhounds get along with other pets?
    Throughout their racing career, greyhounds live with large groups of other greyhounds. Most do well with other dogs. If you already have a dog, it is imperative that you bring that dog with you to meet available hounds. Some greyhounds can live with cats or other small animals. We refer to those dogs as cat trainable. While these dogs may do well with these animals in your home, they may still try to catch unfamiliar animals when outside. Remember that by nature greyhounds are hunters.
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    Can greyhounds live outside?
    No. Because of their short coats, thin skin and low body fat, greyhounds have trouble regulating their body temperatures in extreme conditions. You will need to monitor their outdoor time in both very hot and very cold weather.
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    Are greyhounds hypoallergenic?
    No dog breed is hypoallergenic. Because they are low-dander, greyhounds can work well for people with allergies. Likewise their short coats prevent oil build-up and doggy odor. Because of their short coats and light undercoats, greyhound shedding is minimal. Gentle brushing may be needed in the spring and fall.
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    Do greyhounds have common genetic problems?
    Most greyhounds are healthy. There are no common genetic problems. Many do, however, have bad teeth. Plan to have annual dental check-ups. Consider proactive steps like teeth brushing and feeding oral care treats.
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    How much does a greyhound eat?
    The exact portion will be determined in part by the kibble you are using. Consult the bag for details. Many families serve half of the kibble in the morning and the other half in the evening. If you are including dog treats in your greyhound’s daily diet, you will need to lower the amount of kibble you serve
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    Are greyhounds trained to relieve themselves outside?
    Greyhounds typically are crate trained which means they know to relieve themselves outside of their crate so they keep their sleeping area clean. This knowledge is readily transferred to their new homes. You must teach them where it is acceptable to relieve themselves. During the first several days in their new home, they should be taken for frequent walks and watched closely to prevent accidents.
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    How much exercise do greyhounds require?
    Not as much as you might expect for an athlete. They are often called the 45 mile per hour couch potato. They will have a short burst of energy and run for about a half a minute. Then they will take a long nap. Unless they are provided with a fenced-in yard in which they run and play, greyhounds should be walked several times a week. Older dogs are more sedentary, but really enjoy walking. Remember greyhounds are very sensitive to extreme cold and heat, so pick your walk times accordingly. Also avoid overexertion as greyhounds are not trained for endurance.
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    Will greyhounds walk on a leash (aka lead)?
    Yes. For dogs of their size they are unusually easy to handle. Many prefer to walk with a slack lead. Most respond well to touch and voice commands as well. We recommend a 6-foot leash. If you greyhound sees something in the distance (they can see clearly a ½ mile away) and the chase instinct kicks in, you will need to react quickly. A longer or retractable leash will not allow you to do so. A greyhound should never be allowed off leash unless in a fully enclosed area.
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    How much grooming does a greyhound require?
    Many owners only bathe their greyhound once or twice a year. Brushing is suggested in fall and spring to minimize shedding. Nail clipping/trimming is recommended every 6 to 8 weeks. closely to prevent accidents.
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    Do we need to use a crate?
    Greyhounds are used to being crated from their time at the track and kennel. We do recommend using a crate when your greyhound first arrives. They will consider the crate a safe space. Furthermore, crates can eliminate mischievous activity that is caused by anxiety or insecurity.