Greyhound Puppies — The Fast and the Lazy
Best known for their speed on the race track, Greyhound puppies also make wonderful couch potatoes and companions!
These days it is far more common to adopt a retired racing Greyhound than it is to purchase a puppy, however reputable breeders are out there. A Greyhound puppy is a real delight and does best in an environment and home situation that is in tune with the breed's instinctual drives and independence. Originally created to hunt small game, this sight hound has proven itself time and time again that it is built for sprinting and agile moves. Even our retired racers awaiting adoption still carry the high prey drive that their ancestors used to hunt rabbit for their humans.
Built for work
While he makes a wonderful, and lazy, companion animal the Greyhound puppy will quickly develop his urge to work. This work is typically hunting of small game just as his ancestors did. They may attempt to bolt after a squirrel or rabbit while on a walk, or even other small pets like cats. Because of this, it is advised to never let your untrained Greyhound off leash. The only time a Greyhound should, ideally, be off leash is when his prey drive has been fine tuned and trained, so that he only reacts on in when told to do so, such as during hunting trips.
Today, Greyhound puppies are typically conditioned to race on the track. While only the fastest of the fastest make it, the rest are adopted into pet loving homes. These dogs, even puppies who's heart just wasn't in the race, can still be trained to hunt alongside his human companion or keep pest animals out of the garden.
The couch potato
As a retired or failed racer or family pet, the Greyhound puppy fits right in to most family situations that understand the breed. He is an independent individual, and can be difficult to train even in basic obedience if the humans are not up for the challenge. He prefers to figure out problems on his own instead of looking to anyone as a leader. Because of this, it is up to you to find what motivates him the most to develop the bond you want, and need, out of a canine companion.
Greyhound puppies can quickly because obese due to their lazy indoor nature. Keep a high protein, high fat but extra low carbohydrate diet in proper proportions to prevent digestive upset and obesity. A long daily walk is all a Greyhound really needs to stay in shape, but a quick burst of sprinting, or a run through the backyard agility course will make him even happier and tone his lean body. Exercising together will build a stronger bond and increase his obedience skills as he begins to turn to you as leader instead of ignoring you as his breed is more likely to do.
A deep chested, thin boned dog the Greyhound puppy owner must consider the specialty of the breed they have chosen. For example, the thick neck and small head of the dog makes slipping out of a collar and leash to chase a squirrel exceptionally easy. Aside from regular obedience and leash training, the puppy will also need a special kind of harness or collar to prevent them from escaping which can lead to a dangerous outcome.
The abdominal shape of this breed also raises some spcial care concerns when it comes to eating habits. They are prone to the deadly condition called bloat, in which the stomach may become entangled with the intestines, flip over, and bloat to a dangerous size. It is believed that providing a fresh or raw diet, or one with only the highest quality ingredients and no grain in small meals throughout the day will drastically reduce, if not completely prevent, this situation all together. Providing one large meal a day will make his system work over time, while two or three small meals a day is easier to digest and absorb the nutrients he needs to thrive.
The perfect friend
Choosing a Greyhound puppy to join your family and home should not be taken lightly. Considering their difficulty to train, special physical needs and independent temperament many may shy away from this breed as a companion. However, for the lower energy owner who is devoted to his dog as a family member, this dog may be the perfect best friend.