FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The greyhound breed is over 4000 years old and were bred in Egypt to catch rabbits eating the crops.
Why adopt a retired greyhound?
Greyhounds are referred to as “gentle giants” and are extremely devoted companions. Our top reasons for adopting a greyhound include:
Aren’t all “retired” greyhounds adopted?
Unfortunately, thousands of “retired” greyhounds are not adopted each year. Adoption agencies work diligently to place as many animals as possible in safe in loving homes after injury or retirement, but we are limited by the number of foster homes we have available for their transition time and funding to support them while in our care. We need your help by adoption, or sponsorship for a hound in our foster program, or donations to Gold Coast Greyhound Adoptions SC/NC.
Do greyhounds need much exercise?
While greyhounds can reach speeds up to 45mph in 3-4 steps, after retirement they are known as “the world’s fastest couch potato.” Greyhounds need no more exercise than any other breed of dog. A nice walk on the leash or a run in a fenced yard is all your greyhound really needs. Surprisingly enough, greyhounds make great apartment dwellers due to their docile nature.
Do they need a large yard?
No, just a large soft bed or your sofa.
Are greyhounds housebroken?
Yes, greyhounds have been in foster care to assist in transition from track to home. Because they are familiar with their crates and the routine of being let out for potty breaks, it doesn’t take much time for your new pet to associate their new house as their crate.
Are they good with children?
Most greyhounds will walk away from confrontation rather than growl or snap. As with all breeds, infants and toddlers should never be left alone with your greyhound. With proper supervision greyhounds can make wonderful family pets.
How are they with other pets?
Our greyhounds are cat and small animal tested. In general they are social dogs by nature and get along well with other dogs. Many can live happily with cats.
What is their life expectancy?
The average life expectancy for a greyhound is 12-14 years.
What does the adoption fee cover?
All of our “homeless hounds” have been examined by veterinarians, received all of their shots, are spayed/neutered, heartworm tested, dewormed, bathed and have had their teeth examined and cleaned. Upon adoption you will receive a martingale collar, matching leash, adoption notebook and kennel muzzle. As with any breed of dog the cost of annual vet visits and preventative medicines will vary depending on your health care provider
A word of caution:
Greyhounds should NEVER be walked outside a fenced area without a leash. They do not understand the dangers of traffic and they cannot be caught when running full speed. Secondly, they do not tolerate heat or cold very well. Greyhounds should never be tied outside. They are sight hounds and will react to anything that attracts their curiosity and could be seriously injured.
Greyhounds: They really are dogs, after all
We can become so fond of our wonderful greyhounds that we tend to think of them as some kind of super-species of dog, somehow a little grander, a little "better" than the average dog. So perhaps "average" dog behavior can come as a surprise or a disappointment. Glamorizing our companions, romanticizing their actions and motives, is unrealistic and unfair to the dogs. The purpose of this document is not to scare you away from adopting a greyhound, but to make you think...and to realize, that greyhounds really are dogs, after all.