Connecticut Greyhound Adoption - GPA
Connecticut's Greyhound Pets Of America Chapter
P.O. Box 900
Avon, CT 06001
 
(860) 836-5049
info@ctgreyhounds.org

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Greyhound Quiz
    So you think you want to adopt a retired racing greyhound but still have some questions about the breed. You've come to the right place! Here we have taken 10 commonly asked questions about greyhounds and compiled them into a "True/False" quiz. There is no scoring for this quiz, and it only takes a few minutes, so have fun!  Click here to begin.




































 




1.) True or False: Greyhounds are extremely high energy dogs, they need constant exercise.
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2.) True or False: I can walk my greyhound off leash as long as there are no cars nearby, like in the woods.
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3.) True or False: I need to have a fenced in yard to have a greyhound.
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4.) True or False: I have an invisible fence, so I'll be all set.
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5.) True or False: I have a cat or other small animal, so I can't have a greyhound.
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6.) True or False: Greyhounds live to be 12-14 years old.
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7.) True or False: Greyhounds need to wear coats outside when it is cold out.
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8.) True or False: I live in an apartment, so I can't adopt.
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9.) True or False: I have small children, so I can't have a greyhound.
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10.) True or False: Greyhounds have no idea how to go up a flight of stairs and are difficult to train.
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Answer to Question 1: False! Greyhounds are an extremely laid back, easy going breed. When they do get bouts of energy, they are sprinters, not endurance runners, so after a little bit of activity, it's back to sleep they go! A good walk once a day like any other breed will keep your grey happy. Believe it or not, greyhounds sleep about 18 hours a day! They aren't nicknamed the 45 mile per hour couch potato for nothing.
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Answer to Question 2: False! Greyhounds are sight hounds, which means they will see something moving long before you are aware of it. It could be a plastic bag, leaf or just about anything. Given their history as a race dog, there is a chance they will bolt after the object. Greyhounds are notoriously bad at recall, due to their training to focus on the lure while racing, and block out distractions, such as you trying to call them back!
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Answer to Question 3: False! While a fenced in yard is ideal for greyhounds, adopters who make a commitment to leash walk the dog 3-4 times a day to allow them to "do their business" can have dog without a fence. These do not have to be long walks, just around the yard. We do require that you keep your hound on a leash at all times while not in a fenced area. A greyhound is not the type of breed where you can just open the door, have them go in the yard, and come right back in. If you do have fence, then it needs to be at least 4'.
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Answer to Question 4: False! Only an actual fence will do for a greyhound. As we mentioned earlier, greyhounds are sight hounds. They can see something hundreds of yards away. Should they decide to run after it, they achieve top speed in only 3 strides, about 30 feet! When they hit the invisible fence at full speed, about 45 mph for a racer, they won't even slow down. It is also for this reason that you can't tether your greyhound outside.  Next Question.





















































 




Answer to Question 5: False! Many greyhounds get along great with cats, rabbits and other small dogs. Some don't and that's one of the reasons we do a home visit prior to adoption. It gives us a chance to go over your needs and find the right dog for you. In fact, CGA adopted a greyhound to a woman that runs a small animal rescue. She photo below, and no, there is no photoshop in this one!  Next Question.





















































 




Answer to Question 6: True! Adopting a retired racer is a long term commitment. Most greyhounds are retired between 2 and 4, which means they will need you to care for them for about 10 years. Next Question.





















































 




Answer to Question 7: True! If you have have ever seen a greyhound up close, you must have noticed that they don't really have a lot of fur or body fat. The rule of thumb is if you need a coat, they need a coat. For this reason, greyhounds are strictly an indoor dog and must be kept indoors.  Next Question.





















































 




Answer to Question 8: False! As long as the terms of your lease do not prohibit large dogs (average greyhound males are 70-90, females 50-70) then a greyhound might be right for you. As we mentioned earlier, greyhounds tend to sleep a lot (see link here)! They tend to be quiet animals, almost cat like. Some of them don't even bark much, if at all. For these reasons, they make great apartment dogs.  Next Question.





















































 




Answer to Question 9: False! As with any breed and small children, when they are together you need to keep an eye on them to be sure the child interacts appropriately with the dog. Whenever possible, CGA likes to adopt greyhounds to homes with children from foster homes with children to ensure the best possible result.  Next Question.





















































 




Answer to Question 10: Trick Question! This is both true and false. Not having seen stairs before is true, while being difficult to train is false. When a greyhound retires, everything is a new experience to them. They have never been in a home, so they have never seen stairs before. At first, stairs are pretty scary stuff, just Ask Miss Ivy! While most greyhounds adapt easily to stairs and hardwood floors, this is another reason we do the home visit, so we can find the right dog for your individual needs. In general, they pick things up pretty quick and are in fact quite intelligent and eager to please. It won't be long before you wonder who has who trained! 

    While most greyhounds are not housebroken when they come off the track, they are crate trained and are easily housebroken with training. Some folks even train their hounds to be therapy dogs. Part of your responsibility, and the fun of having a retired racer, is to introduce them to the world outside the racetrack. It's something to see, their transformation from racer to pet. Sometimes it can take up to a year for their full personality to come out. 

    That's it, the quiz is over! We hope you found this informative. If you still think a retired racer is right for you, fill out our application on line here, or download the application here and mail it to the address below or continue to our Home Page.

Connecticut Greyhound Adoption
P.O. Box 900
Avon, CT 06001