Greyhounds are elegant, intelligent, gentle and loyal dogs. Contrary to popular belief, they are not nervous or vicious dogs and unless trained to do so, they are no more likely to chase cats or small dogs than a collie or terrier.
Greyhounds are among the healthiest of dog breeds (as they are selectively bred for fitness and good health rather than appearance) BUT be warned, they are particularly susceptible to one ailment commonly known to greyhound owners as “couch-potato syndrome”!
Despite their natural aptitude for curling into surprising small balls, generally, greyhounds are unable to ‘sit’ as their legs are too long and muscled for a sit position to be achieved. Some can manage it, but for most, it is physically impossible or at the very least extremely uncomfortable for them.
Greyhounds make excellent house pets – they shed very little and are easily toilet trained. Ex-racing greyhounds often come pre-toilet trained and so can spare inexperienced dog owners a lot hard work and frustration! On the whole Greyhounds are very low maintenance pets, their deepest desires are easily fulfilled with a comfy bed and human company.
Greyhounds do not tend to be problem barkers, but they will yodel heartily when the urge strikes them to sing.
Greyhounds make poor guard dogs, they thrive on human affection and so, if it wasn’t for their lack of opposable thumbs, you would be likely to come home to find them throwing a tea party for your potential burglar.
Greyhounds are the fastest breed of dog in existence, they can reach speeds of up to 45 miles when sprinting – this coupled with their amazing eyesight is why we recommend that you do not let them off lead in open spaces unless they have a 100% reliable recall! Greyhounds are very curious dogs, and if they see something interesting in the distance, they will make a bolt to investigate!
Greyhound crossbreeds are commonly known as Lurchers, these lovely dogs come in many shapes and sizes and often retain many of the Greyhounds’ characteristics.
Greyhounds are the only dog breed mentioned in the bible (Proverbs 30, verses 29-31) and at one time in England, harming a Greyhound was punishable by death. Today, Greyhounds are one of the most numerous breeds in Ireland due to the racing industry and sadly, dogs which do not make the grade for racing are all too often treated as worthless. Sadly, many people overlook them as family pets due to misconceptions about their needs and character.
By bringing a Greyhound (particularly an ex-racer) into your family, you may well save a life and you will be rewarded with many years of faithful love and companionship. Greyhounds can be highly addictive. Their lovable nature and sometimes daft personalities will endear even the steeliest of hearts. Most commonly, once a greyhound owner, always a greyhound owner.
Spooks is a lovely, male greyhound approximately 3 years old. Spooks is an ex-racer who just loves company and a having a fuss made of him. Spooks is looking for a kind home where he can settle down and be a loving pet. He is wonderful with small children, all dogs and cats. Spooks is house trained.
Gwen is a lovely female Lurcher under two years of age. She is a beautiful, elegant, sweet natured girl. Gwen is very friendly and affectionate and gives such joy to everyone she meets. She happily mixes with small dogs and children, but she is a very high-jumper so will need a very secure garden!
These dogs are micro-chipped, vaccinated and neutered and as with all our dogs, will only be rehomed to homes with secure gardens.
For more information, call us on 087-9701919, or visit our website www.cottagerescue.ie