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4 Things to Look for When Buying/Adopting a Greyhound

When it comes to adopting or purchasing a new Greyhound, it’s often much more complicated than instantly bringing home the dog you saw in a pet advertisement. In fact, Greyhounds are unique animals and display a range of qualities, so it is important to get the one which suits your lifestyle.

Because of their complex heritage that mainly results in competitive sporting events, Greyhounds are often referred to as ‘racing dogs’ and you need to make sure that you’re able to care for one before you adopt this breed!

In this guide, we’ve shared four things you should look for when buying or adopting a Greyhound, as well as how you can realise if you’re able to care for the dog properly:

Is a Greyhound suitable for me?

As we mentioned before, many Greyhound dogs have a competitive streak. You may adopt a Greyhound pup to take part in fun group exercise like Flyball.

You may be surprised to learn that they’re excellent family dogs and will settle into a home with children. They don’t require as much exercise as other larger breeds, meaning that they may be a perfect fit for family homes with lower activity levels.

That being said, Greyhounds are fiercely independent. Some dogs have been known to escape from their garden when left to play alone, so it’s important to make sure that you have a high-fenced, enclosed garden before adopting a Greyhound.


1. View the puppy first

Before you think about bringing home your new Greyhound pup, you should always meet the dog at the breeder’s address or shelter prior to taking them home. This will allow you to view the place where they have grown up and observe their temperament before setting your heart on adopting the dog.

If you don’t meet the dog first you may realise that they have serious behavioural or health issues which could be problematic and costly.

2. Trustworthy breeders

You should only purchase a Greyhound dog from a reputable breeder. Some cruel people breed puppies for the sole reason of making money and don’t put any care into their upbringing, resulting in dogs with who have behavioural or health issues.

Reputable breeders rarely sell more than one breed of dog. They should also be able to provide you with vetinerary certificates and proof of the puppy’s medical treatments, as well as allow you to view the Greyhound’s parents.

3. Their parents

When visiting your Greyhound for the first time, you should always ask the breeder about the parents of your soon-to-be pup. If the mother of the Greyhound is happy and content, there’s a high chance that the dog you’re going to adopt will be happy, too.

However, if you spot signs of anxiety in the puppy’s mother or you are told that the mother isn’t able to be seen, be extremely cautious and consider finding another reputable Greyhound breeder.

4. Observe their temperament

On your first visit to view the Greyhound, you should observe their temperament. This will give you a good indication of how your new pet will adapt to your living situation.

Observe the Greyhound pup when they’re interacting with their mother, playing with siblings and interacting with other humans. Multiple visits may be required to build up an accurate picture of your puppy’s temperament, but it’s an essential step in the process of Greyhound adoption.

Adopting a racing Greyhound

If you’re purchasing a Greyhound with the intention of getting involved with fun group exercise, you should keep in mind that female Greyhounds will need time out. This is because they will come into season and require time to rest throughout this period.

On the other hand, if you’re adopting an older Greyhound with a racing history, you should put some thought into the care that they may need in their older years. Many ex-racing Greyhounds will still have an automatic response to chase moving objects, so it may not be sensible to adopt this type of dog if you also own small animals.

As you can see, you should always do your research when looking to find a pet Greyhound. Even though they’re fun, lively and family-friendly dogs, you should evaluate the needs of each Greyhound before bringing one home to ensure that they’re the perfect match for your home.

Remember that we have dog insurance to help protect your new Greyhound from any health issues that they may run into, giving them the best possible chance to live a happy and healthy life with you!