What are the advantages and disadvantages to adopting a retired greyhound? What are the characteristics of such animals?
Adopting a retired greyhound can be a rewarding experience for both parties. Greyhounds are the world's oldest purebred dogs and are noted for their loyalty and intelligence. Greyhound racing in America is a multi-billion dollar industry involving thousands of dogs yearly. As the dogs age and lose their ability to win races they are quickly replaced with younger dogs. Roughly 80 percent of retired race dogs go unadopted. Retired Greyhounds are well-disciplined animals that are easily trained due to the rigorous schedules that dominated their lives in the past. But, they do need to have extended aerobic exercise sessions 2-3 times a week. Also their extreme level of physical fitness dictates a low level of body fat so in the winter they need coats and a soft place to sleep year round. These factors make Greyhounds at a higher risk level for herbicides and some forms of anesthesia. Always check with a veterinarian about the health of the Greyhound before you adopt. Adopting a Greyhound allows for new experiences for both you and the dog. Not only will you benefit from the truly unique and spirited pet; you are also saving a life from uncertain ends. If you are interested in adopting a Greyhound call 1.800.366.1472 for the nearest branch of the Greyhound Pets of America chapter.