April is Adopt a Greyhound Month: Here Are 3 Reasons Why I Chose One as My First Dog.

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.

1. They’re laid back homebodies.

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.

Greyhounds are really just 40mph couch potatoes. Image by Akiko Campbell from Pixabay

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.

2. A hike won’t deter a greyhound, though!

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.

3. Sighthounds are great apartment dogs.

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.

Any sighthound will make use of the space you give them. Image by popovicmjeljica from Pixabay

Have you ever considered a greyhound for your home?

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