Learn About Greyhound Adoption – All Pet News
A racing greyhound’s career is short. You start racing around age one and a half and are typically retired by the age of four to five. While some will race for a few more years and others will return to their farms to become breeding dogs and stud dogs, many more will need new homes or be euthanized. Fortunately, the adoption option for greyhounds has become increasingly popular and many racing drivers find homes as pets after completing their racing careers.
Greyhounds typically live twelve or more years. They are one of the oldest races and images of them appear on relics from many ancient cultures. Bred to run and hunt, they are fast and love to hunt small animals. They were used to hunt deer, rabbits, and even bears and boars. In the Middle Ages they were hunted in huge packs of up to 100 dogs. Dogs bred for racing purposes are bred on a track for speed only and do not require the agility and stamina required for coursing live games. This difference means that racing greyhounds often do not look like the show greyhounds produced by other breeders. One look at these extremely muscular hind legs and you will have no doubts about their speed.
In fact, as pets, most greyhounds are fairly calm and require minimal exercise. Although they have never lived as pets, most racers will make the transition without too many problems. It is important to remember that they have never lived in a house and things like shiny floors and stairs are completely new to them. They enjoy attention and become attached to their new families pretty quickly. They are generally aloof and wary of strangers.
It is important to keep your greyhound on a leash at all times unless you are in a securely enclosed, fully fenced area. You are very fast and have absolutely no knowledge of traffic. You will also instinctively hunt small animals like squirrels and cats. Dogs are generally known for their independent nature and can be very hard of hearing when hunting. Greyhounds are no exception.
There are a number of organizations devoted to the adoption of retired racing greyhounds. As with all rescue groups, make sure you are dealing with a responsible organization. Your pet should be neutered and fully vaccinated before placing. You should offer advice and services to help your new pet adjust to their new life and be ready to take the dog back if for any reason the adoption doesn’t work.
Adopting a dog is a wonderful thing. You save a life. With retired greyhounds, you are giving a dog the opportunity to live a brand new life that is very different from what it has always known. This is a gray thing, as the rescue dogs say.