11 Things You Didn't Know About Greyhounds

These awesome dogs are well known for their racing history, but there is so much more to this unique and surprisingly docile breed.

By | Posted: April 10, 2014, 4 p.m. PST

It’s Greyhound Adoption Month and we are celebrating this deserving breed, by clearing up some common misconceptions and telling you all the reasons why they make excellent pets for your family. Don’t get us wrong, they aren’t for everyone, but if you are looking for a gentle and unique rescue dog, this might be the breed for you!

1. They don’t need hours of exercise - Many people picture Greyhounds as being energetic and wild, but they prefer to reserve their energy. A few short 15-20 minute walks a day is enough to keep them happy.

Greyhound. Photo by Ernie Slone, i5-Publishing

2. They know how to relax – Although Greyhounds are well known for their amazing speed, most would rather take a nap than run a lap. Their love for lounging has earned them the nickname "40 mph couch potatoes.”

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Greyhounds lounging. Photo from pinterest


3. They fit well in small spaces – Don’t let their size fool you, these leggy dogs are surprisingly compact. They do well in any size home, including apartments as long as they get daily walks.

Warning: They may appear larger when lying across a couch or bed.

Greyhound on couch. Photo from desiretoinspire.net

Photo from Desiretoinspire

4.  They look great in costumes, hats and glasses – While we don’t encourage dressing your dog up unless he is ok with it, Greyhounds seem to have a flair for dressing well. Maybe it’s their model like bodies and long legs that helps them pull off that runway look.    

Grehound in clothing. Photo by Ernie Slone, i5-Publishing

5. They are incredibly loving – Greyhounds are truly a gentle breed. They love to give and receive affection and generally just want to be loved. While many people might be afraid that the past life of a retired Greyhound would taint their affection towards people, you will be hard pressed to find a more forgiving breed.

6. They offer excellent transportation services- Oh wait, that's the wrong Greyhound...Or is it???

Grehound dressed as Greyhound Bus.

Photo from Greytalk

Greyhound in Greyhound Bus costume

Photo from CocotheDog

7. Two is better than one - While many Greyhounds do fine living alone, they often benefit from having another dog around. They like living in a pack and appreciate the company when their owner isn't around. Having a buddy can also help with problems like separation anxiety. We've already established that they don't take up much space, so really it's like two dogs for the size of one!

Two Greyhounds smiling, photo by Ernie Slone i5-Publishing

8. They wear snoods - While a snood sounds like something out of a Dr. Seuss book (and looks like it too,) they are all the rage in Greyhound couture. Practical and fashionable, snoods cover long and easily chilled, Greyhound necks like a scarf and can pulled over their ears as well. Greyhounds have thin skin and light coats, if you need a jacket, a Greyhound does too.

Greyhound in a Snood, photo from GreyhoundThreads


Greyhound in a Snood, photo from crafting4greyhounds.


9. They are a featured character on the Simpsons - Did you know Santa's Little Helper is a Greyhound? Homer and Bart rescued Santa's Helper after he was abandoned at a race track.  Introduced in the 1989 Christmas special, Santa's Helper has been a main character on the show with several episodes centered on him.

Santa's Little Helper, Simpsons


10. They are one of the oldest dog breeds - The Greyhound has lived among us 4,000 to 7,000 years and were valued as hunters in ancient Egypt.

Museum exhibit features dog and cat mummies from ancient Egypt>>

Greyhound in Egyptian garb, photo from commontales.com

 Photo from Commontales

11. There are many Greyhounds looking for homes – While some believe that the closure of Greyhound race tracks has reduced the number of Greyhound looking for homes, there are still many retired racers waiting to find their forever homes.

Greyhound smiling, photo by Ernie Slone i5-Publishing

Learn more about Greyhound Adoption Month and How to find a Greyhound near you>>

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Tracy   INDIANA, Pennsylvania

6/2/2015 3:30:58 PM

do greyhounds get along with cats. what is the difference from a whppet and a greyhound

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Ellen - 15750   Madison, WI

4/8/2015 3:38:57 PM

I did not realize Greyhounds were so adaptable! I want one now.

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Sha Sha   Towson, MD

4/28/2014 4:40:27 PM

I love greyhounds too. Especially the picture of the ones all sleeping

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Melian and Tiny   Etna, CA

4/13/2014 11:49:20 PM

I love greyhounds. Almost as much as salukis!

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