Reasons why we love this dog…
He's sweet and quiet
He gets on well with other hounds
He loves gentle fuss and affection
I am a:
I would like:
A quiet life.
I would not like:
Walks in urban areas.
My favourite thing is:
Quiet and sensitive
Can live with children 12+
Would like the company of another dog
Not cat trainable
If you adopt Zippy (or any of our dogs), you will be entitled to receive FREE behavioural support from our qualified team of behaviourists for any issues you might need help with during his lifetime. Further information will be given when homing Zippy. Please note, this support is only available for dogs adopted from Forever Hounds Trust.
Zippy is a 2 year old ex-racing greyhound, looking for a quiet home. Despite his young age, Zippy is a gentle boy and an old soul, who just likes to relax and take life at a slow pace. He’s a sweet and sensitive dog, who tends to be under-confident in new environments and situations initially.
Zippy would ideally live with another greyhound, lurcher or other large breed dog, but could be homed as the only pet to the right home. He is still learning about other breeds of dog, especially dogs that are smaller than him – at the moment he isn’t sure whether to chase them or be scared of them! His social skills have already started to improve and should continue to do so over time, but whilst he’s learning he will need to stay on-lead and muzzled in public, as a safety precaution. He generally walks beautifully on-lead but like most hounds, can suddenly lunge forward if something catches his eye!
Although he is a nervous boy, Zippy does love human contact, and even likes to introduce himself to strangers out on walks! He’s polite and gentle when interacting with people, and prefers to be handled gently himself. We would consider placing Zippy with older, respectful children pending introductions -although he wouldn’t cope well with a very busy household, so may do better in an adult-only home.
When Zippy feels overwhelmed or worried out on walks, he tends to “plant” – he stops walking and needs a few minutes to take everything in before deciding to move on. When this happens, it is important that he’s given time to process his environment and isn’t pressured to carry on before he’s ready. He needs a patient, kind and understanding adopter who will let him gain confidence at his own pace. Zippy plants less when he has a canine companion to give him confidence, which is one of the reasons we’d prefer to home him with a canine companion. In a more rural home and with a patient adopter who would let him go at his own pace, Zippy could be homed as the only dog.
Zippy is a beautiful boy inside and out (as you can see from his photos!) and always gets plenty of compliments from his admiring public! If you have what it takes to support him whilst he learns that the world isn’t that scary after all, please get in touch.
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