I never had a dog growing up.
My mom had cats since college, and we always had a cat in the family. There wasn’t a reason for owning a dog. As I moved out and attended college I realized I had a desire for a walking buddy. My then (and current) boyfriend still won’t walk with me!
After some intense research and speaking to greyhound advocates, here are the 3 main reasons why I chose the greyhound as my first dog.
Greyhounds may be the fastest sprinters in the dog world, but they are equally impressive acting as couch potatoes. They’re a very sweet, mild-mannered breed that enjoys as much time they can get with their people. Whether you wanted an additional seat warmer while you’re watching a movie or not, your greyhound is more than happy to just relax on the couch with you.
Separation anxiety is known to pop up (especially in retired racers), so establishing a schedule with your greyhound is essential for their overall happiness. Crowley is an easygoing dog, but disruptions to his schedule can send him into a bit of a frenzy.
My lifestyle consists of being outdoors… a lot. I’ve gone from working in horse barns, to a bug farm, and spend my weekends finding new trails to hike. A dog needed to have enough energy to have fun on the trails with me, but could also adapt to my work schedule. Greyhounds have a great mix of high energy and low maintenance.
Greyhounds need around 20-60 minutes of exercise (minimum) per day, and this doesn’t only mean walking. An enclosed area for a sprint is a great way to give your greyhound exercise. Perhaps a puzzle toy that requires mental stimulation will tire your hound out more? I use physical and mental exercise to keep Crowley happy at home.
I don’t intend on moving out of an apartment any time soon, so I knew going into dog ownership that my living space would restrict my choices. Good thing most sighthounds, including greyhounds, are great in small spaces. Whether you live in a 1-bedroom apartment, or a house with a fenced in yard a greyhound will suit most households and their lifestyle.
Have you ever considered a greyhound for your home?