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Greyhound Adoption California
Greyhound Adoption California is a chapter of Greyhound Pets of America (1-800-366-1472).
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Are greyhounds good with children? More so than most breeds. They are not as playful as puppies, since they are mature dogs, but they are very tolerant of children and will usually walk away rather than growl or snap at an overbearing child. But, like any dog, they have their limits, and children must be taught to respect those limits. To allow greyhounds to hunt and race together, and to make greyhounds tolerate constant handling by a number of people, aggressiveness towards other dogs and people has been nearly eliminated from the breed. Having said this, it must be noted that greyhounds are really adult's pets. They will get along with children, at least ones over age 4 or 5, but will most likely bond to the adults in the home. If you do have children and are interested in adopting a greyhound, we recommend Living with Kids and Dog...Without Losing your Mind by Colleen Pelar. Are greyhounds good with other pets? Greyhounds are friendly by nature and socialize well because of their experiences with other greyhounds in the racing kennel. Greyhounds have never been exposed to other breeds of dogs. They know other greyhounds but may be perplexed, frightened or simply ignore other breeds. Greyhounds do not know how to defend themselves except by flight and will often "freeze" if attacked. One of the best ways to acclimate greyhounds to other dogs is through an obedience traing class. The class is also a good way to further bond with your greyhound. Most can learn to accept cats, but the introductory period must be very closely monitored. Some greyhounds need to be taught to differentiate between the cat and the mechanical lure they have been chasing around the track. If your greyhound even looks at your cat, jump right in and say NO! It will quickly learn the right behavior towards a smaller animal. Never leave your greyhound alone with your family cat until you are sure they get along. Do greyhounds shed? Yes, but less than most dogs. Their coats are short and sleek and don't smell doggy for long periods between baths. How do track (NGA) and show (AKC) greyhounds differ? In general, track greyhounds are a little shorter and less heavy than show greyhounds. Track greyhounds are more heavily muscled in the rear and their necks and heads are not as slender or exaggerated as those of show greyhounds. Behavioral differences probably are due to differences in upbringing. Track greyhounds may live longer because of superior cardio-vascular conditioning. However, these differences have not been established scientifically. Why are greyhounds at get-togethers often muzzled? A greyhound's racing instinct is based on a well-developed prey drive. When you have a group of greyhounds together, especially ones unknown to one another, muzzling prevents accidental nips. Greyhounds are not dog aggressive, but when excited may nip at others. Due to their thin skin, a nip could mean a trip to the vet for stitches. At the same time, don't let a muzzle lull you into a false sense of security. You must still monitor a group of muzzled greyhounds since it's possible to catch ears through a muzzle. Can greyhounds swim? Many people believe that because of their structure and low body fat that they cannot swim. This is not true. Some greyhounds are excellent swimmers. Never leave a greyhound unsupervised near any body of water, including a pool, until you are confident that it can swim and can safely get out of the water unassisted.