The TRUTH About Greyhounds
1) Greyhounds treat their new human family
as if they’ve fallen in love for the first time.
2) Greyhounds don't need any more exercise than any other breed of dog. Greyhounds are called "40 MPH couch potatoes" for a very good reason.
3) Many greyhounds are perfectly fine with cats and small dogs
4) Greyhounds can live quite comfortably in an apartment as long as they are given the love and exercise needed, just like any other breed of dog.
5) A Greyhound’s average life span is 10-12 years, which is the same for any large breed of dogs.
6) Greyhounds are calm, docile, and have a greyt temperament.
7) Greyhounds rarely bark, unlike many other breeds of dog.
8) Greyhounds have NO doggie odor, even when they’re wet.
9) Greyhounds are NOT starving even though you can see their ribs, this is the way they’re supposed to look.
10) Greyhounds LOVE to ride in the car and travel with their owners.
11) Greyhounds are house trained before they are adopted; their foster parent(s) teach them about living in a house, climbing steps, and hearing sounds like vacuum cleaners and telephones.
12) Greyhounds are very familiar with walking on a leash since they’re walked in front of the race track crowds before each race.
Misconceptions About Greyhounds1) Since greyhounds raced all their lives, they are high-strung and hyper-energy dogs.
During the Dark Ages, a time of famine and disease, greyhounds were saved from extinction by monks who bred them for noblemen. During this period, ownership of a greyhound became the exclusive right of the nobility. Greyhounds were so highly prized that traveling noblemen would often present a greyhound as a gift to their hosts.
During the Renaissance, greyhounds were a favorite of royalty from Britain to Italy; from the courts of the Danes to the halls of the Ottoman Empire. Queen Elizabeth I was known to have over a dozen greyhounds. These graceful animals were also immortalized in Shakespeare and Chaucer.s written works and are the only listed canine breed recorded in the Bible.
Today, greyhounds live their lives on a track, either in a crate or in a run . a far cry from the pampered lives their ancestors had. But the centuries of breeding are still part of the greyhounds. demeanor. They are elegant, gentle, loving animals who will make wonderful companions. Although they are coming from a track into your home, they are amazing dogs and will make the adjustment very quickly. The more time and patience you give to them, the faster they learn and the tighter their allegiance to you will become.
You will find that greyhounds come in all sizes and colors. Males are over 24 inches at the shoulder averaging 75 pounds. Females stand about 22 inches, averaging just under 60 pounds. This large breed dog has a long life in front of them as they average 12-14 years with love and good medical care. Any veterinarian will tell you that greyhounds are one of the best natured breeds around. They are calm, sweet, laid-back (to the point of lazy) and are both patient and intelligent. These dogs want to please you and often exhibit the mental capacity of a five-year old child. What more can you want in a companion animal? Falling in love with a greyhound takes only a few hours and that love will last a lifetime!
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