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Here are some answers to questions our homing teams get asked a lot! Find out more about greyhounds and lurchers here, or do get in touch if you have other queries or just to find out more.

1. Are greyhounds just big whippets?

No they aren’t!  Greyhounds are a completely different breed of dog and normally bigger than whippets.  They are usually calmer and need far less exercise than whippets.  Find out more about greyhounds here.

2. I’ve seen greyhounds wearing muzzles, is that because they are dangerous?

Greyhounds are laid-back, gentle dogs who normally wear a muzzle when they are new to the outside world.  You should not be concerned if you see a greyhound in a muzzle – this is part of responsible ownership.  All greyhounds are used to muzzles from their racing career and the muzzles do not hurt the dogs.

3. What are lurchers?

A lurcher is type of dog, not a breed in its own right.  Usually a lurcher is a greyhound crossed with another sighthound or a terrier, collie or  another breed of dog. Lurchers can be more energetic than greyhounds, but this depends on the breed they are mixed with.
Find out more about lurchers here.

4. What is a sighthound?

‘Sighthounds’ include greyhounds, salukis, Irish wolfhounds, deerhounds and whippets. There are 17 breeds of dog included in this group.

5. Are girls easier than boys?

There is really no difference between girls or boys and it is normally just personal preference.

6. How difficult is it to house train a greyhound or lurcher who has lived in kennels?

Kennel dogs are generally very clean, as most dogs prefer not to mess where they sleep. Most dogs get the hang of house training very quickly and we can provide advice and guidance on how to do this – see our Fact Sheets here.

7. Wouldn’t a lurcher or a greyhound would be too big for my house or car?
Lurcher Ceekay curled up small

Although they have long legs, they can curl up very small and don’t take up a lot of space.

They are generally very calm dogs, so don’t seem to fill the house as much as a smaller, more energetic dog would.

8. Do ex-racing greyhounds have injuries?

While it is true that some greyhounds retire from the racing industry as a result of injuries, these injuries are unlikely to affect their quality of life or yours!

While an injury can bring about the end of a dog’s racing career, it does not prevent them from living life as a normal pet and there is no reason to assume there will be ongoing problems as a result of that injury.

All our dogs are assessed by a vet and any treatment needed is given to them while they are in our care. Very occasionally we do have a dog who has ongoing medical needs, and the new owners will be made fully aware of this before they take the dog home.

We disclose all the information we have about a dog’s medical history to its new owners. If you home a dog from us you can be assured that the dog has had a full medical assessment by a vet and that if there are any previous injuries or illnesses that we are aware of, you will be fully informed.

9. Do greyhounds and lurchers need loads of exercise?

Greyhounds are known as 40 mph couch potatoes and love nothing more than to sleep!  Two thirty minute walks a day are plenty and whilst lurchers are usually more energetic, they love to sleep too!

10. Do greyhounds and lurchers know how to get up stairs?

Most greyhounds and lurchers will not have encountered stairs, vacuum cleaners, washing machines or TVs, so some of these things can sometimes present a challenge for them.

Depending on the nature of your dog, stairs may be easy or a bit trickier.  Most dogs do ultimately learn to do stairs and we can advise you on the best way to help your new pet adjust to life in a home. see our Fact Sheets here.

11. Do greyhounds and lurchers wear pyjamas?

Sometimes!  In the winter, when the heating goes off at night.  Most greyhounds and lurchers have little body fat and thin fur, so will need a fleece coat to keep them warm and comfortable. You can buy these from our shop.

12. Can greyhounds and lurchers go off-lead?

Yes, some can.  It depends entirely upon the individual dog.  We always recommmend that you put the effort into recall training  – it’s safer for the dog and for you if you know that your dog will come back when called.

13. Can greyhounds and lurchers live with cats and small furries?

Yes, but as with all dog breeds these are the exception not the rule. Please do get in touch with us if you have a cat and would like to home one of our dogs, to discuss your home and requirements – just be aware that it may take a little longer for the right dog to come along. Read our care guidelines on homing dogs with cats on our Fact Sheets here.

14. Is prey drive the same as aggression?

No, it is completely different.  Find out more about greyhounds and lurchers here, or contact our Behaviour Support Team for advice.

15. Do greyhounds and lurchers make good pets for retired people?

YES!  They are calm, gentle and need little exercise.

Find out more about greyhounds and lurchers Find out more about greyhounds and lurchers here, or do get in touch if you have other queries or just to find out more.