Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Greyhound puppy or adult dog.


BE PREPARED

For Your New

Greyhound!

dog health care book

Raise and train your dog the RIGHT way and he will live a long, healthy, well-behaved life – and both of you will be happy!

dog training book


Greyhound dog breed

Buying or Adopting a Greyhound

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Greyhound the right breed for you?

Greyhounds: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Greyhound Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Greyhound?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (6-8 feet high, not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No very small dogs in the household
  • No cats in the household
  • Ample exercise after maturity – Greyhounds need the space to stretch out their legs and gallop in short 5-minute bursts several times a day, after which they curl up on the sofa and sleep
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as the sport of lure coursing
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Greyhounds are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Greyhound to lots of people and other animals
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Greyhound, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Greyhound?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Greyhound be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Greyhound?

Greyhounds are a fairly common breed in the United States. There aren't a lot registered with the American Kennel Club, but many more are registered with the National Greyhound Association, the official registry of Greyhound racing dogs. Most people who own a Greyhound have adopted an ex-racing dog.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Most likely you'll acquire a Greyhound from a rescue organization that specializes in ex-racing dogs. There are many of these groups all across the country.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Greyhounds are rarely found here. Greyhound Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. On the off chance that a Greyhound turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
If you have your heart set on a Greyhound puppy – and I hope you don't, because so many adults desperately need homes – your only real source is a show breeder, who breeds Greyhounds to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
I've never seen a Greyhound in a pet shop. Which is good, because I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Greyhound Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Greyhound puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Greyhound puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.