Tell me more about Greyhounds

Retired racers are intelligent and adaptable dogs, who fit easily into their new home environment.  They are eager to please and respond positively to human love and attention.

Greyhounds are quiet, clean, gentle, good-natured dogs who adapt and get along well with other animals and people. They seem grateful for their new homes and reward their new owners with never-ending affection. They do not require a great deal of space to run, as many people think, but they do need exercise. Inside the house, they enjoy curling up in the corner on a soft bed.

Greyhound males stand 26 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 65 and 85 pounds. Females stand 23 to 26 inches at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 70 pounds. They come in many colors: black, white, several shades of brindle, fawn, red, or a combination of these colors. Many people assume these dogs are “grey” when, in fact, blue is the least common color of greyhound. Greyhounds’ coats are short and sleek, so they stay clean for long periods of time between baths. While frequent bathing is unnecessary, these dogs do seem to enjoy (understatement) the occasional brushing with a hound glove.

“Greyt” Greyhound Literature

There are excellent books with additional information to help you decide if a greyhound is the right choice for you. We recommend reading:
• “Adopting The Retired Racing Greyhound” by Cynthia Branigan
• “Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies” by Lee Livingood
• “Greyhounds” by Carolyn Coille
• “Childproofing Your Dog” by Brian Kilcommon

What is the Procedure for Adopting a Greyhound?

• Complete and submit the online application to Senior Greyhound Adoption of FL
• Once the application is reviewed, you will be interviewed by phone.
• Following the phone interview, a home visit will be scheduled. All persons living in the home are required to be present.
• Placement may or may not occur during the home visit. Each situation is different and our goal is to match the right greyhound for your family.

How Long is the Adoption Process?

In general, after an adoption application is received, it is processed within a week.  Availability of greyhounds for adoption varies; it is not unusual for our program to have only one dog available on a Monday; then receive a call on Tuesday with a need for returns or farms closing.  Usually, there are a small number of greyhounds available for adoption at any given time.

What is Their Life Expectancy?

These purebred athletes enjoy many years of good health. With proper care, they have a life expectancy of about 10-12 years or more.

How Much Does it Cost to Adopt and Care for a Greyhound?

An $200 adoption fee helps defray the expenses incurred on behalf of the dog including spay/neuter procedure, vaccinations, dental cleaning, medical testing, etc. Caring for a greyhound will average between $40-75 monthly,  including food, treats, toys and routine medical.  Your senior will need routine bloodwork annually.

Do Greyhounds Need a Lot of Exercise?

Greyhounds are the fastest breed of dog, but they are sprinters without a lot of endurance. A retired racer is quite content to be a “couch potato” and spend most of the day sleeping. Exercising with walks and occasional opportunities to run around in a fenced area is all that’s required. Greyhounds can never be trusted off-lead in an unfenced area!

Are Retired Racing Greyhounds Already Housebroken?

Racing greyhounds are “kennel broken,” which means they are trained not to relieve themselves in their living area. They are clean dogs by nature and would prefer to relieve themselves outdoors when given a choice. These two factors, combined with specific advice from a trained representative at the time of adoption, lead to an easy transition into life as a house pet.

What Kind of Grooming do Greyhounds Require?

Greyhounds’ coats are short and sleek, so they stay clean for long periods of time between baths. While frequent bathing is unnecessary, these dogs do seem to enjoy (understatement) the occasional brushing with a hound glove.

How are Greyhounds with Kids?

Greyhounds are a calm breed who prefer a quiet environment. They typically do not frolic for long periods of time and as with any breed, have limitations with their tolerance with young children.
GPA Senior Sanctuary enforces the following requirements “IF YOU HAVE A CHILD OR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHT, a fenced yard is required to be considered for fostering or adoption.
• Along with reading one of our recommended books about adopting a retired racing greyhound, GPASS requires that you read “Childproofing Your Dog” by Brian Kilcommons.
• Every family who has a child or children under the age of six will go through a secondary screening and a home visit.

How are They with Other Pets?

Greyhounds are friendly by nature and socialize well with most family pets as a result of encounters with other greyhounds in the racing kennel. Even cats and small dogs can be accepted as family members. GPASS has successfully placed hundreds of greyhounds with happy owners who also have cats and small dogs. We get to know each and every dog as an individual and do our best to match the dog’s personality to an ideal home environment. *Supervision is always recommended when greyhounds and small pets are w cat2



What Kinds of Pets do Retired Racing Greyhounds Make?

Greyhounds are affectionate, friendly dogs who thrive on attention and human companionship. They make terrific pets! Raised with their littermates where they competed for affection, greyhounds love becoming the center of attention as household pets. Greyhounds usually do not make good watchdogs.