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Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary has compiled this list of Frequently Asked Questions which we hope will answer any queries you have.  If you have a question that is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Q. Do the dogs need a lot of exercise?

A.  Greyhounds do not need as much exercise as other working dog breeds as they are built for speed, not stamina.  It is recommended that two 20 minute walks a day would suffice, but some greyhounds prefer a little more.  Lurchers may need a bit more exercise depending on the breed mix.

Q. Are greyhounds highly strung?

A. No, greyhounds are naturally calm and very laid back.

Q. I work long hours, can I still have a greyhound?

A. Do not despair if you work all day as it does not necessarily mean you cannot give a greyhound a good home. SGS are realistic and understand that many potential new homes will more than likely live busy lives and many households are out at work for a lot of the day. We don’t recommend that any dog is regularly left for more than 4 – 5 hours. If you have someone reliable and trustworthy who could pop in and spend some time with your dog, then that may be an option. There are also companies who will provide dog walking services on a professional basis.  SGS looks at every new home individually and does not have set rules to not rehome to owners just because they work all day. We will look at what potential every new home has to offer and what suitable arrangements can be made to make sure the dog is not left for too long, as the dogs happiness is of paramount importance.

Q. Will my adopted dog be neutered?

A.  Each greyhound or lurcher that we rehome will be microchipped and neutered where possible.

Q. Will I need to get a special bed for my greyhound?

A. No, a duvet folded in two is fine. They are used to sleeping off ground so will need no encouragement to take over your sofa or bed though! They do love to stretch out with their legs in the air.

Q.  Do you supply any accessories when I adopt my greyhound?

A.  Yes, we provide a leather collar, a muzzle and the insurance company Petplan also provides 4 weeks free pet insurance. Take a look at our help sheet called "Shopping List for your Greyhound or Lurcher" and that should help you decide what else you need to purchase for your greyhound.

Q. Are the dogs housetrained?

A. As a general rule we tell potential new owners that no dog should be presumed to be housetrained as even a well housetrained dog can have the odd accident in a new environment. That being said, most of the dogs that come from foster homes will be housetrained, and even those from kennels shouldn't have any problems adjusting to their new life in a home if trained correctly. Have a look at out helpsheet titled "House Training" if you would like any help and please do not hesitate to ask us for advice if you need any.  

Q. Are the dogs noisy?

A. Greyhounds are not generally noisy dogs, they rarely bark and are very quiet dogs...although there are of course exceptions to the rule!!

Q. Do the dogs need a special diet?

A. We recommend a dry complete food for our greyhounds and lurchers as dry food can help keep their teeth a bit cleaner.· Greyhounds can sometimes have quite sensitive stomachs and for those dogs we recommend Burgess Sensitive Complete Dry Food or another sensitive dry mix.

Q. Can the dogs live with other pets?

A. Many greyhounds cannot live with cats, some can't live with small dogs either but again there are exceptions and many of our greyhounds live happily with small dogs, cats and even some with rabbits!  SGS treats each dog as an individual and we try our best to assess what kind of home would be suitable.  We cat test all of our dogs and are very careful when rehoming to households with cats to make sure they can both live happily together in a safe environment

Q. Can the dogs live happily with children?

A. Yes!  At SGS we believe that a greyhound can make a wonderful addition to a family due to their calm and docile nature.  We are very careful when rehoming to families with children and we like to work with the family very closely to make sure that we find a suitable dog who will thrive in a family environment.  Please take a look at our helpsheet called "Greyhounds and Children" as this will give you some good advice on how greyhounds and children can live happily together.

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

A. This would probably be a hot topic for debate on the SGS forum, but in general there is not much difference in temperament as both dog and bitch are laid back and calm.

Q. Can I let my greyhound off the lead?

A. This is a difficult question to answer as there is no "correct" answer.  Some greyhounds may never be able to be let off lead because they have such a high prey drive, some greyhounds may learn recall well and be allowed off lead muzzled in an enclosed, secure area, and a few may be fantastic off lead, learn perfect recall and be able to run offlead on beaches and other safe places.  A dog being allowed off lead really depends on whether the dog is trainable, and how much work the owner puts in.   As a sighthound, greyhounds can see a long distance away, couple that with their speed and they can be a long way away from you very quickly so common sense is essential.  Due to their speed it can also be dangerous offlead for a greyhound so as an owner it is your responsibility to make sure he or she is running in a safe area.  If the ground is uneven a greyhound could trip and break a leg and it has been known for greyhounds to be killed when they accidentally run full speed into an obstacle like a tree, or post.   It can take weeks, if not months for your new greyhound to settle in with you so we recommend you do not let your greyhound offlead for at least 6 weeks, but this is a general rule and as said above some dogs may never be allowed off lead and others with a lot of training.   Please do not risk letting your dog off if you're not 100% sure he or she will come back, always use a muzzle when letting your greyhound offlead and make sure it is in a secure safe area.  Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary can give you advice on recall training so please don't hesitate to contact us if you need any help.