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Greyhounds as Pets

Facts, Myths and Background Information

Do you have any questions about having a greyhound as a pet? Well, look no further.  

The Trust and Rehoming

Greyhounds as Pets: Frequently Asked Questions


The RGT was first established in 1975 and has homed some 50,000 dogs since then.  We have 74 branches across the length and breadth of the UK, from the Isle of Skye to Jersey.

All branches need volunteers for dog walks and to assist with fundraising - can you help?  Or, if you or someone you know is interested in adopting a new pet,  browse the pages of this site to find out about greyhounds as pets.

If you would like to talk about adoption or helping in any other way, and cannot find what you want to know on this website, you are most welcome to call the RGT national office on 0844 826 8424, or of course you can email us. 

Give a Dog a Home Video:  Part 1  (10 minutes)

Homing Policy

Greyhounds are very adaptable and our rehoming policies are very flexible. Even if you work, have children, cats or are unable to go for long walks, it is still worth calling us.

We may have the perfect greyhound for you in our kennels.

The policy of the Trust is that dogs are normally neutered, vaccinated and  wormed and we do ask for a donation towards the cost of this veterinary treatment. All new homes are subject to a home check.

Give a Dog a Home Video:  Part 2 (8 minutes)


Greyhounds as Pets: Frequently Asked Questions 

harvey.jpgQ.  Are greyhounds highly strung?

A.   No. They are naturally calm and rather self possessed. As a breed they have been around for a very long time. They are genuine thoroughbreds.

Q.   Are greyhounds good with children?

A.   As good as any dog and better than most, because of their characteristic gentleness.

Q.   Are there character differences between a dog or a bitch?

A.   The differences tend to be less pronounced than in many other breeds. Spaying or castrating can normally relieve most behavioral problems and is recommended.


Q.   How much exercise do they need?

A.   Toilet considerations apart, very little indeed. Twenty minutes, twice a day is usually more than enough. Greyhounds are sprinters and they use up their energy in short bursts.

Q.   Is muzzle wearing obligatory?

A.   No. But it is better that the dog is muzzled when you are out and about. They are quite used to it and associate it with pleasurable walks. If you feel you need to let your dog off the lead, a confined space and the wearing of a muzzle is recommended.

Q.   Will I need a special bed for the dog?

A.   No. An old quilt folded in two is perfect. But they are used to sleeping off the ground and will need no encouragement to take over your bed as well as your settee. They do like to stretch out.

Q.   How do greyhounds get on with other dogs?

A.   Normally ok. There will be an initial wariness, but familiarity and common sense is the order of the day. Not easy when you are such a superior breed.

Q.   Are greyhounds easy to train and do they come back when you call?

A.   Yes, but it needs patience and understanding. Like any dog, a greyhound loves to please and tasty rewards are highly appreciated after the racing regime.