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April has gone to the dogs: it’s Adopt A Rescued Greyhound Month. Although Greyhounds are often associated with racing, they actually make great pets. This is also a great time to give these lovable pups the spotlight: with dog racing now banned across most of the country, there are lots of Greyhounds out there in need of good homes. A Tipp City, OH vet discusses the Greyhound below.
The Greyhound was recognized by the AKC back in 1885. Greyhounds are sighthounds, which mean they chase prey by sight, rather than scent. They are extremely fast, and can run up to 40 miles an hour. That puts Fido among the fastest animals in the world! As far as their temperaments go, they are typically very sweet, friendly, and intelligent.
Don’t assume that these sweet pooches should only be adopted by joggers. They’re actually quite calm and quiet! In fact, Greyhounds are rather sleepy, and spend as much as 18 hours a day snoozing.
Greyhounds really enjoy having a fenced yard to play in. However, they can do just fine in apartments, as long as they are getting enough activity. That said, it is worth noting that Greyhounds are notoriously nonchalant about traffic. They also can have a strong prey drive. Make sure to keep Fido leashed! Otherwise, he may bolt right into traffic, or chase after the neighbor’s cat.
Fido doesn’t have heavy grooming needs: regular baths and brushings, and the occasional wipe-down, will keep his fur clean. Greyhounds have fairly thin fur, which makes them a great option for people with allergies. They are, however, quite sensitive to chemicals, such as flea-killing sprays, so you’ll need to be careful when choosing doggy products.
Your four-legged friend will need a special collar, which is known as a martingale collar. This is because Greyhounds’ heads are so narrow that regular collars fall off them. Because their coats are so thin, they also get cold quite easily. Fido will need a comfy doggy jacket for winter.
If this isn’t the right time for you to adopt a Greyhound, you can still help these wonderful dogs find homes. Consider supporting or volunteering at a Greyhound rescue. Even sharing posts on social media about them can help!
Please feel free to call us, your Tipp City, OH vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!