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FAQ

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Are Greyhounds good as pets?

Yes, they are friendly, quiet and affectionate.

Do Greyhounds need to run a lot?

No, they need approximately four (4) 20-minute daily walk for exercise.

If you have a fenced area they will run when they need to get energy

out.

Are Greyhounds good with children?

Yes, they tend to be patient with children, but as with any breed,

parental supervision is a must. Children should never disturb the dog

when it is eating or sleeping. Children need to learn to leave the dog

alone when it is resting. Some experts say the male greyhound is better

with children then the females who tend to see children as puppies and

may discipline them.

Are Greyhounds housebroken?

Not completely. Some may be housebroken to the foster home, but may

have a few accidents in your home.

How much does it cost to adopt a Greyhound?

We ask for a $325.00 tax-deductible donation. This donation includes

the cost of a special collar and matching lead. Crates are available for

rental of $22 for the first two weeks and $11 for each additional week.

Can Greyhounds run loose?

Never! They must always be on a leash or in a completely fenced area.

They have been bred for speed and have had the idea to chase

reinforced in them. You are risking your dog's life if you let them run

loose. No invisible fences allowed!

Can Greyhounds be on a run or stake?

Never! Since they can reach full speed in a very short time, they can

break their necks or backs if on a run or stake.

Can Greyhounds stay outside?

No, they cannot tolerate temperature extremes, both hot and cold. Also,

for any breed, someone could enter your yard and let the dog out by

accident or even steal the dog.

How much do Greyhounds eat?

About 4 cups per day, 2 cups in the morning and 2 cups at night. Some

may need more until they reach their ideal weight.

Do Greyhounds have any special requirements?

Yes, in addition to always being on a leash or in a fenced area, they are

also sensitive to chemicals. As such, they cannot wear flea collars or be

exposed to toxic chemicals. In general, shampoos or other products

need to be safe for puppies and kittens.

How old are adoptable Greyhounds?

From 18 months to 5 years, the average is 2 years old.

Are adoptable Greyhounds neutered or spayed?

Yes, all our adoptable Greyhounds are neutered or spayed before being

adopted out.

Have adoptable Greyhounds had their shots?

Yes, they are up to date on their shots, are on heart worm preventative

and flea and tick medicine.

How are Greyhounds with other animals?

Most are good with other animals but some are not good with cats or

small animals. We cat test all our adoptable Greyhounds before placing

them in a home with cats or small animals.  This is not a guarantee that

the Greyhound will get along with your cat or small animal.

What is a Greyhounds life expectancy?

The life span is from 12 to 14 years.

How do I adopt a Greyhound?

You need to complete and return an application form. Once you are

approved, you meet the adoptable greyhounds at one of our awareness

clinics. Since we know their personalities, we will help you select your

Greyhound. We will then set a time for a trial weekend. We recommend

that you read Adopting the Racing Greyhound By Cynthia A. Branigan.

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Fun Facts

1. Every Greyhound alive today can trace its lineage back to one dog, King Cob, whelped in England in 1839. 2. Greyhounds are the oldest purebred dog, dating to the time of the Pharaohs. 3. Greyhounds are the oldest dog breed known to man. The first records of this majestic breed date back to 2751 B.C. where their likeness is carved into Egyptian tombs. 4. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs in the world. 5. The Greyhound's nickname is "the 40 MPH Couch Potato" 6. In the Middle Ages, only Nobles were allowed to own Greyhounds. 7. Greyhounds are the only breed mentioned by name in the Bible. King James Version,  Proverbs, 30:29-31. 8. President Hayes and President Washington owned a Greyhound. 9. Greyhounds have a special universal blood type. 10. Greyhounds are one of a very few breeds that lack an undercoat. This makes them less likely to trigger allergies in people allergic to dogs, and it also helps them avoid the dreaded “dog smell.”

Pet Owner Responsibilities

 Greyhound Rescue of New York, Inc. considers pet ownership to be a very serious responsibility. Great care is taken to insure that each person

adopting a Greyhound is aware of that responsibility and that they are ready, willing and able to take on that responsibility.

The Pre-Adoption Form asks questions to help you and Greyhound Rescue decide if a Greyhound is the right breed for you. The staff at Greyhound

Rescue will help you select a dog. We have been observing the dog's behavior, personality and temperament. The information on the pre-application

form helps us get to know a little bit about you. We will speak with you and any other family members. Any who will be living with the dog, including

other dogs, should come and meet the Greyhound.

We urge you to be very honest with us about yourself and your home life, as these dogs rely on us to find a suitable home for them. One dog may be

perfect for a busy household, while another may panic and be terrified. They truly have their own personality.

Please keep in mind the responsibility of pet ownership when completing the pre-adoption application form. Have you considered the time and

expense of pet ownership? Remember this pet is the equivalent of a perennial 2 year old child and you will be the sole provider of all his basic needs

for the rest of his life. He will need: regular walks, food, water, shelter, a soft bed, training, collars, leashes, routine and unexpected veterinary care,

and a lot of love, patience and understanding.

Once we help select the right match for you, a legal agreement is filled out. It states that you will care for the dog properly, as we have described in the

agreement.

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