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Those of us who love greyhounds know how special they are. We change our homes, our cars, our beds– and they change our lives. So don’t say you weren’t warned – but learning about greyhounds is the first step in changing your life and theirs.



Greyhounds, as a breed, are healthy. As more greyhounds get adopted, greyhound lovers, and their vets, continue to learn about them. Those of us loving greyhounds, learn and share information with each other and our vets. I’ve learned to get information from other greyhound lovers, (Greyhound List is one place. Greytalk is another) and from the internet, and present that information to my vets. Yes, I have more than one vet. I have two – three holistic vets and traditional vets. Between them all we’ve solved most of my greyhound’s issues. In my opinion, the more opinions you have, the more chance you have of finding the right answer. Do not hesitate to question, to ask others and to be your greyhound’s advocate.


Greyhounds are the essence of the dog breeder’s credo “Form follows function.” From the narrow, aerodynamic skull to the shock-absorbing pads of the feet, Greyhounds are perfectly constructed for high-speed pursuit. The lean beauty of the Greyhound “inverted S” shape, created by the deep chest curving gently into a tightly tucked waist, has been an object of fascination for artists, poets, and kings for as long as human beings have called themselves civilized. Greyhounds are the template from which other coursing hounds have been struck.


One of the fastest breeds around, the Greyhound is good for more than racing on the tracks.


Greyhounds can be great indoor pets for some. They typically get along with other large dogs, are friendly with humans and are virtually shed-free and odorless.

Here are a few more facts about the breed you might not have known:

Sensitive to cold: Greyhounds don’t have a fat layer. So, they are more sensitive to cold temperatures and rain. Owners should outfit them with a coat, if needed.

Need sun protection: Greyhounds are also sensitive to heat and sun. To avoid sunburn, the National Greyhound Adoption Program recommends using children’s sunscreen or keeping dogs in the shade.

Sprints not marathons: The breed is known for its racing ability but might not do well with long distances. About an hour of exercise a day broken up into short walks is acceptable.

Have long lives: Most greyhounds live to age 12 or older.

Require frequent manicures: Long nails cause problems including discomfort, altered walk and premature arthritis. Greyhounds will need nails trimmed as frequently as once a week.

Not swimmers: Greyhounds are not buoyant because they are so lean. Also, they don't do well with cold water. So, while they are able to paddle swim, most can't swim for more than a minute without a life vest.

Not watchdogs: The dogs don't typically bark and don't see humans as threatening. So, it's likely they'd sit quietly if a burglar broke into your home. That being said, they are extremely friendly


Whether you've recently adopted, or you're a long time admirer of these beguiling creatures, inside you'll find plenty of information to help you introduce your new friend to a whole new world, and train and care for the retired racers who have stolen your heart and your sofa.

This is not a comprehensive guide. Much of what you'll find is intended to compliment the information in my books. I've focused on information I had to exclude to meet page limitations, information that has changed since the books were published, and information that provides a foundation to a successful relationship with your retired racing Greyhound. I've also included information that may be in one or both books that I think is particularly important and doesn't seem to be easy to find in other places.

I've kept graphics to a minimum to save your download time. However, the Product Reviews section is graphics intensive.

You'll find a lot of things are still "works in progress." Some areas will always be in development with new bits of info added as I think of them or learn about them, so stop back soon if what you're looking for isn't here.

The information on this site is not intended as a substitute for professional medical or behavioral advice. It is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. Everyone has a bias. You'll quickly learn I am no different. What you read here reflects my personal philosophies.