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Frequently Asked Questions About Greyhounds

Q. Are Greyhounds hyper?

A. In a word, no! Greyhounds love to run and in a racing situation they are very excited and eager to go. In your home, however, they much prefer a soft pillow or comfy couch to lie on and snooze the day away!

Q. Do Greyhounds need a lot of exercise?

A. Greyhounds don't require any more exercise than your average dog of another breed. A 30-60 minute walk each day is enough to keep your Greyhound happy and healthy. Of course, the younger the dog, the more exercise he or she will need, so if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, a Greyhound 5 or older will suit your needs better than a young energetic pup!

Q. What is the life span of a Greyhound?

A. Greyhounds have relatively long lives for a large breed, the average being 12-15 years old.

Q. How old are the Greyhounds Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue adopts out?

A. We get Greyhounds as soon as they retire, anywhere between 2-5 years of age. There are instances where we get younger dogs, although rarely do we get puppies. There are also times where we get older dogs, as some of the females are held back to be used for breeding purposes. Some of those brood matrons can have puppies until they are 8 or 9 years old and richly deserve a family to love them after they retire from their duties as "moms"!

Q. Why can retired racing Greyhounds never be allowed off-leash except in a fully fenced area?

A. Greyhounds have been bred for literally thousands of years for one thing: speed. On top of that, retired racing Greyhounds have the speed/chase mentality reinforced in them from the moment they are born. If you are walking your ex-racer off-lead and a chipmunk suddenly runs across his path, do not expect your recall commands to be heard. Thousands of years of instinct combined with an early puppyhood education of reinforcement add up to a running machine. Please do not harbor the mistaken impression that obedience classes are going to wipe out eons of genetics and training.

Q. Why are Greyhounds considered indoor dogs?

A. Greyhounds have no undercoat and very short fur. They also have little body fat to insulate them from either the heat of summer or the cold of winter. The rule of thumb is that if it is cool enough for you to need a jacket or coat, it is cool enough for your Greyhound to need one too. Greyhounds also do not tolerate heat as well as other dogs of their build and coat type; even if all your Greyhound does is loll in the yard on a hot summer day, you must provide shade and plenty of cool water to prevent heatstroke.

Q. Do Greyhounds make good guard dogs?

A. Greyhounds do not make good watchdogs. They are bred specifically to be even tempered and good natured, and receive constant handling. As a result, they love everyone and view every stranger as a new friend.

Q. Is an ex-racing Greyhound difficult to housetrain?

A. Track Greyhounds are "kennel-broken", meaning that they have been trained not to soil their crates. It is relatively easy to housetrain such dogs. They need to get the message that the house they are now in is their "kennel". At the track, Greyhounds are accustomed to being let out of their crates several times a day to relieve themselves. Because of this, a similar routine in a new home makes housetraining relatively easy. When the adopter employs patience and common sense, the Greyhound's natural cleanliness will assist in the process. Greyhounds should never be hit, and a stern "NO" should be enough to discipline them. A crate, muzzle or keeping them enclosed in a specific area can be helpful in the beginning when you bring them home.

Q. What are the most important criteria in adopting a Greyhound?

A. Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue strives to match the right dog with the right family. Providing us with pertinent information about your lifestyle and family, including other pets, children, etc., is extremely important in helping us find the right Greyhound for you.

Q. What qualities make the racing Greyhound a good pet?

A. They are loyal, friendly, affectionate, gentle, quiet, sweet, clean, loving, sensitive, trusting, and good natured.

Q. Are Greyhounds good with children?

A. They are better than most breeds, but not as tolerant as some.  Because Greyhounds are gentle by nature, they will usually walk away from an overbearing child rather than snap or growl.  However, every dog has its limits.  Most Greyhounds are good with well-behaved children who have been taught to respect animals.  If you have children, we highly recomment that you check out the website at www.livingwithkidsanddogs.com for lots of good information!  Please note that it is Chinook Winds' policy not to adopt to families with children who are under 3 years old.  

Q. How much does it cost to adopt a greyhound from Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue?

A. The cost of the adoption is $350.00 (Canadian funds). Included in this is: your new greyhound (spayed or neutered; up-to-date on vaccinations including rabies; wormed; treated for parasites such as ticks and fleas; and dental care); a new one piece nylon martingale leash-collar combo made especially for our greyhounds; a new muzzle and plastic kennel collar. Your new greyhound is also tagged with a 24 hour telephone number in the event it is lost or found.

Q. What is the adoption process?

A. Those of us at Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue want this match to be made in Heaven! To that end, we ask that you fill out an application form, participate in a telephone interview and arrange a home visit by an Adoption Representative. This gives us the opportunity to get to know you and your family, and allows us to place a greyhound into your home that is most suited to your lifestyle.

Q. Can I choose my own greyhound?

A. Absolutely – within certain parameters. Although we discourage prospective adopters from choosing their new companion from a picture they see on our website, a single person or a couple with no other pets and no children can generally choose any dog they like. However, because we want this to be a lifetime placement, we reserve the right to assist you in making your selection! People who have children and other pets will be guided towards the greyhounds that have shown themselves to be most suited to live with children, cats, dogs, etc.

Please remember that Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue Adoption Representatives and Foster Coordinators have many years of experience with greyhounds. They have your best interests, and the best interests of the greyhounds, at heart! Their expertise will guide you towards the dog(s) that would best fit your lifestyle.


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