Greyhound breed profile

Mischa - photo by Ben Hammersley : Greyhound breed profile
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Training and intelligence
They are fairly easily trained in that they are willing and want to please. However, this breed is a sighthound, and is very visually motivated, so a Greyhound gets distracted by movement. A reliable recall is hard to establish, and smaller dogs and other small animals will probably be persued.

Temperament
Greyhounds, despite their athletic appearance, are calm gentle dogs. They enjoy socialising with people and dogs, but tend to present thelselves for you to appreciate them, rather than indulging in the dashing around of other breeds.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
With strangers the Greyhound is aloof. This usually manifests in an attitude of, "You may approach and adore me, but I'm not that interested in you!" They generally are too laid back to make good watch dogs.

Grooming and shedding
The short, thin coat is very easily cared for with a once a week grooming. Greyhounds don't shed very much at all.

Exercise
Contrary to appearances Greyhounds do not need vast amounts of exercise. They can run fast, but in short bursts, and they are then happy to relax at home. A couple of shorter walks a day will allow them to vent their energy in bursts as suits them.

Need for company
They do not enjoy being left alone too long - ideally Greyhounds like company to lounge around with.

General
Greyhound owners will need to have good boundary fencing, because this long legged breed can jump. They can run very fast, but are sprinters not marathion runners, and appreciate the opportuntiy to catch up on their sleep. This is a very tolerant, calm breed.

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Nellie

Seven-year-old Nellie has been at Battersea for 105 days, and is looking for a family to call her own.

Seven-year-old Nellie has been at Battersea for 105 days, and is looking for a family to call her own.

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Anna

Two-year-old Greyhound Anna arrived in Battersea Old Windsor a few weeks ago, and she’s hoping she’ll buck the black-dog trend and find a home quickly.

Two-year-old Greyhound Anna arrived in Battersea Old Windsor a few weeks ago, and she’s hoping she’ll buck the black-dog trend and find a home quickly.

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Eddie and Serena

Smiley Serena and enthusiastic Eddie are looking for a home together, with owners who have some understanding of ex-racing Greyhounds and their needs.

Smiley Serena and enthusiastic Eddie are looking for a home together, with owners who have some understanding of ex-racing Greyhounds and their needs.

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Joe the Greyhound

Joe the Greyhound thanks Surrey residents.

Joe the Greyhound thanks Surrey residents.

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Couscous the Greyhound

Couscous the Greyhound is ready for school.

Couscous the Greyhound is ready for school.

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Sally the Greyhound

When given the choice between a snooze and a full-on workout Sally heads straight for the duvets. During her 75 days at Battersea, this three-year-old has witnessed her friends head off with their new families. Having decided that enough is enough, Sally and her friends and fellow Greyhounds, four-year-old Joe and one-year-old Snowdrop, occupied the sofa room at Battersea to show the world what they are all about – rest and relaxation.

When given the choice between a snooze and a full-on workout Sally heads straight for the duvets. During her 75 days at Battersea, this three-year-old has witnessed her friends head off with their new families. Having decided that enough is enough, Sally and her friends and fellow Greyhounds, four-year-old Joe and one-year-old Snowdrop, occupied the sofa room at Battersea to show the world what they are all about – rest and relaxation.

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Dale following Chloe

Dale following Chloe - they met at Battersea and are looking for a home together.

Dale following Chloe - they met at Battersea and are looking for a home together.

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Dale and Chloe on a walk

Dale and Chloe enjoy a walk. They met at Battersea and are looking for a home together.

Dale and Chloe enjoy a walk. They met at Battersea and are looking for a home together.

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Dale and Chloe get festive

Dale and Chloe get festive as they wait for their new home together. They met at Battersea.

Dale and Chloe get festive as they wait for their new home together. They met at Battersea.

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Chloe and Dale

Chloe and Dale in their kennel. They met at Battersea and are looking for a new home together.

Chloe and Dale in their kennel. They met at Battersea and are looking for a new home together.

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