Greyhounds are friendly, affectionate dogs who thrive on attention and human companionship. They are often described as intelligent, sensitive, sweet, non-aggressive and unsurpassed as companion dogs.
As a result of lifelong encounters with other Greyhounds on the racing circuit, these dogs socialize well and are generally tolerant of other family pets � including cats and small dogs.
Their temperament makes most Greyhounds wonderful around children. It must be remembered, however, that these are adult dogs who may have never been exposed to small children, with their quick movements and high voices. Children must be taught the proper respect for a Greyhound, as with any pet.
The average female Greyhound weighs between 50 and 70 pounds. The average male weighs between 65 and 80 pounds. Most retired racing Greyhounds stand between 26 and 30 inches tall.
Greyhounds are strictly indoor pets and cannot tolerate extreme heat or cold. They are short-haired and considered minimal shedders.
Racing Greyhounds are usually �retired� between the ages of two and five years. With proper care, their lifespan is 12 years or more. This long lifespan allows the Greyhound to become an essential part of a loving family for many years.
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