Everyone instantly recognises Greyhounds, Lurchers, Salukis and Whippets but did you know that the Scottish deerhound, the Afghan hound, the Russian Borzoi, the Irish Wolfhound, the Silkenwind hound and the Sloughi are all considered Sighthounds?
Sighthounds are greyhound shaped dogs that owe their specific build to their function of speed hunting. These amazing dogs have exceedingly keen eyesight — they can see clearly for up to half a mile! They have been bred as hunting dogs for over 2000 years.
As pets, they are naturally loving and gentle. They respond well to kindness and patience and will try hard to please you. Greyhounds have very little body fat (less than half that of other breeds), thin skin, and short fur. Thus, they are sensitive to heat and cold, making them strictly indoor dogs. Fortunately, their unusual sense of cleanliness and lack of odour make them excellent indoor canine companions.
Greyhounds make great pets! They are intelligent, affectionate, “laid back” and exceedingly clean. Their favourite pastime is loafing around. They are unobtrusive, polite, and easy to live with. We have three gorgeous Greys at the moment. Hawkie is very petite, Dottie is stunning and certainly unusual and although her coat is black, it is covered in white spots! Sandy is a fabulous fawn colour and holds himself regally. Hawkie has a truly outgoing personality. Dottie is unique; her coat pattern ensures that she stands out. Sandy the fawn boy recently broke a leg and is convalescing. He will soon have his cast removed and is hoping to spend the rest of his days leading an indolent life. All three of the Greyhounds share a common hope, that they may live as a member of the family and, in wintertime, lie in front of the fire. They are vaccinated, wormed, deflead; micro chipped and will be neutered before rehoming.
These dogs love to run and exercise if given the opportunity, but will be happy with a few half hour walks each day. Greyhounds are lazy dogs and will relax and sleep for much of the day. They love their creature comforts and will need a soft comfortable bed. If they are allowed, they like nothing better than to stretch out on your bed or sofa: in other words, they are couch potatoes.
Greyhounds are friendly and affectionate with people and are normally far too easy-going to make a reliable guard dog! Many of you will remember Fay featured in May of this year; Fay is a greyhound and she, like all Sighthounds, is incredibly gentle, passive, playful and loving and she happily shares her home with cats! Old wives tales account for a lot of the bad publicity these dogs receive. They can and indeed do, live with cats and become friends. Adopt an Irish Greyhound and enjoy life with a grey.