Becoming a greyhound parent is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. These wonderful animals are the perfect companion for anyone who wants to spend less time alone at home and get out more into nature.
Here’s everything you need to know about the joys of becoming a greyhound parent:
Greyhounds Are The Perfect Couch Potatoes
Don’t let their wiry physiques fool you – greyhounds are bona fide couch potatoes. These dogs love nothing more than to spend an afternoon on the sofa, just relaxing and having a good time.
And that’s good if you’re the same. After walkies, you can both slump on the couch and watch Netflix. No pressure!
Greyhounds Are Low-Maintenance
You’d think that greyhounds would be high-maintenance thoroughbreds, just like other breeds. But, again, that’s not the case. These dogs don’t require a huge amount of effort to look after, and most of the time, they will keep themselves to themselves.
Take your greyhound out for about 40 minutes of exercise per day. A good walk around the local park should do the trick.
Greyhounds also need minimal grooming, thanks to their short fur. So, again, you can save a lot of time by not going to the doggy spa every five minutes.
Greyhounds Are Zoomies
Don’t let their passive facial expressions fool you though. These dogs are fast! Good luck catching up with them if they decide to run off.
Therefore, ensure you invest in a set of reliable greyhound collars. Keep your animal on a short leash unless you know it’s safe for them to let rip.
Greyhounds Are Gentle Giants
Greyhounds might be tall and lanky, but like other large dogs, they are gentle giants. That’s why many families choose them over smaller breeds. Greyhounds won’t jump up at kids too much, and most can behave themselves perfectly with a little training.
Originally, people bred greyhounds to run as fast as possible around a race track. But the process also created a breed that makes for a fantastic pet. Greyhounds are companions for old and young alike.
Greyhounds Let You Give Back
Sometimes people buy greyhounds as puppies because they love the breed. However, most greyhound pets are actually retired dogs. Race courses will keep them for a couple of years while they are fit and then send them to homes before they get injured.
Therefore, getting a greyhound helps you do your bit and give something back. Offering them somewhere to stay saves them from the pound or worse.
Fortunately, racing owners usually take good care of their greyhounds. But, of course, they don’t want to keep them forever, once their useful lives are over. And that’s where you could help.
Greyhounds Are Shy
Finally, greyhounds are shy. While being a greyhound parent can sometimes be difficult because of health problems, their goofy personality more than makes up for it. Preparing yourself for life with a greyhound means getting used to the idea that your quiet animal is still quite naughty when you’re out of sight.