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Thinking of adopting a retired Greyhound. *UPDATE* Adopted Greyhound

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Wyo Chick, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. Wyo Chick

    Wyo Chick Songster

    I have wanted to adopt a retired Greyhound for years. I feel like now is a good time to look into adoption. We have a place here in Statesville I will be looking into. Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of a Greyhound. I have read all about them, but it's nice to hear from people about their experience. Thanks!
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2009

  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I don't have one, but I would assume that they need an awful lot of exercise. A sturdy fence and lots of room to run is a necessity. They are hounds, so don't let them run, or they are likely to go too far and be a threat to small animals. Kudos to you for adopting. Good luck!
  3. Everything I have read about greyhounds, and actually talked to a guy at Petsmart who had two rescues, that they are big couch potatoes. They feel like they did enough high energy stuff and its time to cruise the rest of the way through their life!! I love them, even I didn't have Crazy Lucy and Onyx the hairless wonder, I would love to have one.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    When I lived in NC, a greyhound rescue would often bring retired greyhounds available for adoption to our local pet store. Like WW stated, they are couch potatoes.
    I would definitely go for it. Had Jax not entered our life as he did, I had every intention of looking into greyhound rescue after Charlie Girl passed. There is a greyhound rescue in NE Arkansas.
    In the time I've spent with them I found them to be big, gentle souls. Not always good with small animals though, due to their racing days of chasing the bait.
  5. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    Quote:This has been my experience also .. just do your research and enjoy .. I've heard they make great family pets ..
  6. therealsilkiechick

    therealsilkiechick ShowGirl Queen

    Jul 18, 2007
    Northwestern, pa
    my husbands granny has adopted 3 of them and they r all like that potatoes, all were rescues due to broken legs they could no longer race(most usually r retired with injuries, bad teeth or under weight sadly). from her experience and what i have seen if u do get one they do better with 2 of them so they r not alone or they can be destructive. when her first girl sarah died about 8mths ago andy went crazy she couldn't leave the house without him being destructive everytime she left and he would try to excape to find granny. she was going to rehome him due to his bad behavier since she had just remodled her house and he was destroying it already but as a last one more try she adopted another girl for a companion for him. she loved him to much but she knew she couldn't let him to continue as he was so she was willing to try what she had to. he has not been destructive at all since abby came to live with them he was just lonely and trying to excape to get to granny he was affraid to be alone. our uncle died, sarah died, then the cat and they never returned so he was scared to death she wasn't comeing home every time she left the house and he couldn't see her.

    they do need fenced in yards for their protection i do agree. once loose running is all they know and usually do not come back cause they don't have that homeing sence or don't know the stop boundary. other than that i have fallin in love with her dogs they r gorgous and so unique with wonderful temperments and personalities. i have 5 kid's and the dogs love when we come to visit and andy smiles, yes i said smiles they r one of the few breeds who actually show smiles it is so cute to see them happy doing so. if i had the room i'd adopt greyhounds in a heartbeat it is a wonderful choice for a family pet and companion.
  7. jaimslee4u

    jaimslee4u Songster

    Aug 11, 2009
    I have two. I will give you a whole story after work....


    I will tell you this up front though, They like to play with chickens ( not in a nice way) ... lOL learned that the hard way

  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Everything I have read about greyhounds, and actually talked to a guy at Petsmart who had two rescues, that they are big couch potatoes

    I heard the same thing from a friend of mine who volunteers for a couple of animal rescue organizations. I would consider one.​
  9. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Songster

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    A tenant of mine had a rescued one. I usually never allow dogs, but this one was a major couch potato and never barked either. Really an excellent house dog - who would have thought!
  10. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    Retired greyhounds are great! They're usually very calm and mild mannered. They get 15 minute spurts of energy and run like the dickens, then just lay around the rest of the day. If you have small animals (small dogs, cats, rabbits, etc) then you need to make sure the one you're adopting is ok with them. They're sometimes trained with live rabbits and therefore are trained to go after and eat them. Other than that they're wonderful!

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