Q & A

Q) Are you selling these dogs?
A) No, these are our dogs, but our organization does try to find homes for ex-racing Greyhounds when they are finished racing on the track. If groups like ours do not find homes for them then they are killed or sold to laboratories for experiments.

Q) I hear that Greyhounds really need a lot of room to run is this true?
A) Greyhounds do not need any more space than a regular dog does. They are sprinters on the track therefore they don’t run long distances. If you have the opportunity to let your dog loose in a completely enclosed area then you can let the dog loose, but you can never let them loose outside of a fenced area.

Q) Are they hyper?
A) No, they are very calm and affectionate. They would sleep 20 hours a day if you would let them.

Q) Do they get along well with other dogs and cats?
A) Racing Greyhounds have spent every waking moment in the company of other Greyhounds, so they usually are glad for the company of other dogs. Some are good with cats and some will never be, so we do have a cat testing process we go through to assure your greyhound will be good with your cats or small dogs.

Q) How old are they when they come off the track?
A) Most of the dogs we get are between the ages of 2 and 5. If a greyhound has a successful racing career it can be as old as 6 before being retired.

Q) Where are they from originally?
A) The Greyhound, as we know it today, was defined in Egypt and Greyhounds were the first distinct breed of dog to be portrayed in art. In 6000 B. C., in a thriving city of 5000 people located in what is now southwest Turkey, among the drawings that emerged from the site’s excavation is one of hunters with bows and arrows pursuing a stag, aiding the hunters were dogs with noticeably long thin legs, long thin noses, large chests and long skinny tails. These dogs greatly resembled the Greyhound.

Q) What were they originally bred for?
A) Greyhounds were originally used for hunting deer. They would use a pack of them to run the deer to ground and trap them. Greyhounds do not kill by instinct, so the hunter would come in and shoot the deer in the head, this way they didn’t waste any of the deer meat.

Q) How long do greyhounds live?
A) The life expectancy of the Greyhound is 12 to 15 years. They live longer than most large dog breeds because of the enlarged internal organs.

Q) Are these dogs good watch dogs?
A) If you consider the dog watching a burglar taking all of your valuables, then yes they are good watch dogs, otherwise no. Realistically, I would never sell a greyhound as a watch dog. Some of them will become very protective and will be good watch dogs, but on the whole I would say no.

Q) Do they take a lot of grooming?
A) No, a bath maybe twice a year is enough. You don’t want to bathe them too much otherwise you wash out all of the body oil and that makes the coat dry and flaky.

Q) How big to they get?
A) Greyhound males stand about 26 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 65 and 85 pounds. Females stand about 23 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 50 to 70 pounds.

Q) Are they intelligent?
A) Yes, they are, and because of their desire to please they are very easily trained for obedience.

Q) Are they good with kids?
A) Greyhounds as a breed are very people oriented dogs. They are very patient and tolerant of children and will usually walk away rather than growl or snap if children become overbearing.

Q) Are they housebroken?
A) Our greyhounds are taken from the track in Tijuana and put right into a foster home, there they are completely housebroken and trained so that the dog you get will have already worked through all the bad behavior, hopefully.

Q) What do we have to do to get an ex-racing Greyhound?
A) You can call 775-577-2414 and we will send you an application, or you can download one. Fill out the application and either fax or mail it back. When we receive it, it will be assigned to one of our Placement Representatives. The Rep will call and make an appointment to come into your home, bringing a greyhound with them. At that time they will assess the personality of any other animals you have as well as your own and your family’s. Then we will try to find the greyhound that fits into your family. They will be asking questions about the type of greyhound you want, it’s activity level, personality, sex, size and so on.

Q) Why are they called Greyhounds if they come in so many colors?
A) Some Greyhounds are gray, (although that color is rather rare in Greyhounds) and many people assume that’s how the breed got its name. But the name more likely comes from another source. Some believed it is derived from “gazehound,” which was in turn either another name for sight hound or was derived from gazelle hound, another term for the saluki.

Q) Do you need a fenced yard?
A) No, but if you don’t have a fenced yard then you must be willing to take the Greyhound out on a leash so that it can relieve itself several times a day, in good and bad weather. You can NEVER let an ex-racing greyhound off of the leash outside of a fenced area. If the dog started chasing a cat or a rabbit you would never get the dog back. These dogs have never been let loose outside a fenced area so they really don’t know how to act. They are not street smart so have no idea that a car can kill them, or that barbed wire can injure them.

Q) Do they shed?
A) Greyhounds shed very little. Their coats are short and sleek. They do have hair instead of fur. Fur has an undercoat for protection, and the Greyhound has no undercoat.

Q) Do we have to get a dog house?
A) No, Greyhounds are indoor dogs. They do not have any body fat that is used for insulation against hot and cold, so they can’t be left out in the weather. I have never known a greyhound to use a dog house. If you plan on leaving the dog outdoors, we will not place a dog with you.

Q) Do they bark a lot?
A) No, they are very quiet dogs and don’t stand at the fence barking. They might bark to alert you that someone is at the door, but it may be months before you ever hear your dog bark.

Q) What does it cost to get a Greyhound?
A) It costs $300.00. $200.00 of that goes to the medical cost. This includes, spaying or neutering, all the shots, teeth cleaned, and testing for heartworm. $100.00 is a donation to Nevada Greyhounds Unlimited to help cover transportation costs from Southern California to Northern Nevada and operating expenses.

Q) I am allergic to dogs; would I be affected by the Greyhound?
A) Most of the people that have allergies to animals are not affected by the
greyhounds. Because they have hair instead of fur which causes the dander to be different. Dander is usually what people are allergic to.

Q) Are they fence jumpers?
A) No, they have never been exposed to jumping fences, and once they get into a good home they really don’t have any desire to leave.

Q) Will they ever ban Greyhound racing?
A) Greyhound racing is the sixth largest spectator sport in the United States. It brings in billions of dollars per year, so the chances of it being eliminated are pretty slim. Most of the rescue groups would rather spend time trying to save the Greyhounds than fighting with the racing association.

Q) How many Greyhounds run in a race?
A) Eight Greyhounds usually run in each race. Most Greyhounds are only raced twice a week, the remainder of the time they are in crates.

Q) Are they vicious? Why do they wear muzzles when they race?
A) No, they are not vicious. They wear muzzles when they race for protection when they are in packs and to determine the winner in the photo finish, the first muzzle over the line is the winner.

Q) What medical problems are Greyhounds prone to have?
A) They are not prone to a lot of the problems that plague the other breeds. Greyhounds are the only large breed of dog not plagued by hip dysplasia. Some are prone to have a low thyroid problem which can be maintained by medication. And they are very sensitive to Barbiturates and some flea medication.

Q) Why are they called sight hounds?
A) Greyhounds can see over 1/4 of a mile away, and have over the years evolved into hunting by sight instead of scent. Although their sense of smell is just as good as any other dogs they have learned to rely on their sight for hunting.

Q) Are they the fastest dog?
A) Yes, Greyhounds are the fastest dog on earth. They have been clocked at 48 mph. They have amazing acceleration; Greyhounds reach maximum speed by their third stride out of the gate.

Q) How long are the dog tracks?
A) They actually have three different size tracks. They are: 5/16 mile, 3/8 mile and 7/16 mile, the most commonly used track is the 5/16 mile.

Q) What do you feed your Greyhounds?
A) We recommend a very good quality dog food, with 20 to 26% protein. Greyhounds can’t digest the grease and cereal in some of the cheaper dog foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also good for them. We also use canned and frozen vegetables. They are used to eating vegetables as it is included in their diet on the track.

Q) Do they play?
A) Some will eventually and some will not. They have never played with toys while on the track, but remember these dogs have been in foster homes and have been exposed to toys by now. So it is possible that they may be interested. It really just depends on the dog’s personality.

Q) Where do you get your dogs, do you have a kennel?
A) We do not have a kennel in the area. We work with a rescue group down in Los Angeles, CA and they get the dogs off the track in Tijuana. They pick them up and bring them across the border. Once in Los Angeles they give them a complete set of shots, bathe them, take blood for a blood work up and have a vet check them out. Then they let them rest for a while. They then do preliminary testing to see whether they need to go to a foster home with cats or without cats. Then they are placed in foster homes. Once in the foster home they arrange for the spaying and neutering and start evaluating them for their new forever homes. We get a complete profile on the dog from the foster home and this is how we determine which greyhound is right for you. Once this is decided by you and your Placement Representative we transport the greyhound up to you and deliver it right to your home. We offer complete support after placing the dog so if you have any problems we are there to help you.

Q) Do they have racing in Nevada and California?
A) No, they did have some racing in Southern Nevada many years ago, but it has been totally outlawed in both Nevada and California. They still have racing in Arizona, Colorado, and Utah on the west coast. It is very popular in Florida and many Midwest States.