Calling all Greyhound lovers (no, not the drink)! April is National Adopt-a-Greyhound Month! There is no time like the present to get out there and help a greyhound find his or her forever home. The reality is that many of these dogs are sent for adoption after their racing days are over. Sadly, many of these retired dogs are euthanized or abandoned. While puppies are great, why not search a Greyhound rescue beforehand?
Perhaps before you take the dive, you want to learn more about this handsome and dignified breed. That’s understandable, and exactly why we are here to bring you all the details to give you that extra little oomph you need to get out there and adopt.
The Greyhound is One of the Oldest Dog Breeds
The Greyhound is one of the most ancient breeds known to man. Carvings of this breed were found in tombs in Egypt dating back to 2900 B.C. which is said to be where this dog originated. Greyhounds are world travelers, having been found in almost all countries and submerged in numerous cultures. Besides being depicted in Egyptian art, they were mentioned by the Greeks and raved about by a Roman poet, eventually making their way over to Europe during the Dark Ages. Because of their keen racing and hunting abilities, they were brought to America and thrived, becoming one of the first breeds to ever appear in an American dog show.
“The 40 MPH Couch Potato”
There is no denying that the Greyhound is fast! So fast that it can reach speeds up to 40 to 45 mph. With their aerodynamic skull, lean body, and shock-absorbing pads on their feet, it is no surprise that these dogs are the fastest breed alive. But being quick doesn’t mean the Greyhound always has to be on the go. In fact, quite the opposite is true. This pup can be very content relaxing on the couch waiting for a good belly rub. They are often quiet and tend to have low energy levels displaying cat like qualities.
This breed is very easy to groom and maintain. The best part is their short coats make the amount of shedding very minimal compared to long hair breeds. A quick brushing and some skin and coat chews can make your Greyhounds coats soft, smooth, and shiny.
The Perfect House Mate
You can’t find a better roomie than a Greyhound. Quiet, good mannered, and clean – what more could you ask for!? Oh wait, that’s right! Greyhounds are also very loving and independent. As with any dog or puppy some training may be needed but typically this breed is quick to learn.
They get along well with other strangers and are very even tempered. If you get one that is rescued chances are he will already be crate trained and easy to take with you on your daily adventures.
What are you waiting for? Reach out to local experts or go online to begin your search. Greyhounds are a great addition to any family. Trust us, you will not regret it!