Read the Greyhound Trust’s most commonly asked questions!

Unlike a lot of pedigree breads, there are many myths and misconceptions about Greyhounds. Many owners will tell you the kind of comments they hear from people on a regular basis…”Wow, your dog must need lots of exercise” being a very common one. Here we hope to bust some of those myths and answer some common questions you may have.

No. They are naturally calm and rather self-possessed. They are the oldest dog breed recorded in history and are genuine thoroughbreds.
Greyhounds are as good with children as any dog breed and better than most, because of their characteristic gentleness. They have been around people all of their lives and are usually very people-oriented.
The difference between male and female greyhounds tends to be less pronounced than in many other breeds. All greyhounds are individuals with different personalities, so the best thing to do is simply to arrange a visit to your local branch to meet the hounds!
Contrary to popular belief, greyhounds do not need lots of exercise. Toilet considerations aside, two twenty minute walks a day is usually more than enough. Greyhounds are built for speed, not stamina, and use up their energy in short bursts.
Greyhounds do not need to be muzzled at all times, but we do recommend that you keep your greyhound muzzled when out and about, at least until you are confident of their behaviour around other breeds. They are quite used to it and associate it with pleasurable walks. If you feel you need to let your dog off the lead, a confined space and the wearing of a muzzle is recommended. We provide a collar, lead and muzzle with every greyhound that we home.
Greyhounds do not need a special bed, and an old, clean quilt folded in two is perfect. They are used to sleeping off the ground and will need no encouragement to take over your bed as well as your sofa. They do like to stretch out!
Most greyhounds get on well with other dogs and many live with other breeds. Common sense and careful introductions are the key. If you have another dog, speak to our volunteers who will usually recommend that you bring them down to the kennels to help pick their new greyhound friend.
Greyhounds are sighthounds and it is their instinct to chase. Despite this, some greyhounds can be trained to live happily with cats and other small pets (and sometimes, they even become the best of friends!). If you have a cat or another small pet, make sure to discuss this with the volunteers at the kennels.
Greyhounds are sight hounds and have a natural instinct to chase. This can be amplified in ex-racing Greyhounds who have been trained to chase a lure around a race track.
Like all dogs, you should not let them off the lead unless you have trained them to have good recall. Greyhounds can be trained to have good recall, but their instinct can be very strong and even the best trained hound may give chase to a rabbit in a field in the bat of an eye.

We would always recommend training the recall of your dog and if you do want to let it off the lead, to do so in a safe and secure environment at the beginning.


Below are some useful training guides to help your hound get the most out of home life…

Commands & behaviour leaflet

Download the Greyhound trust leaflet on commands and behaviour


Cats & small animal leaflet

Download the Greyhound Trust leaflet on cats and small animals


Separation & anxiety leaflet

Download the Greyhound Trust leaflet on separation and anxiety


Indoor crate training leaflet

Download the Greyhound Trust leaflet on indoor crate training


Greyhounds as pets

Why do greyhounds make such great pets? Here’s our myth busting guide to greyhounds!


Our dogs

Take a look at our greyhounds currently looking for their forever home.


Care and training

See our useful guide on how best to care for and train your greyhound(s)


Pet insurance

All our greyhounds come with four weeks FREE pet insurance for peace of mind

“adopting just one greyhound won’t change the world…
but the world will surely change for that one greyhound”

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