Adopt a Rescued Greyhound Month

April is Adopt A Rescued Greyhound Month! The AKC officially recognized these quick, intelligent pooches as a breed in 1885. Although Greyhounds are most renowned for their speed and racing abilities, they also make great pets! Here, a Folsom, CA vet discusses the Greyhound.


As you may know, Greyhounds are famous for being popular race dogs. These speedy pups can run up to 40 miles an hour! In fact, only a few animals—such as the cheetah—are faster. However, these smart, sweet, and lovable dogs can make wonderful pets.


Greyhounds are often quite timid, and tend to have a sweet, lovable temperament. Some of them do chase smaller animals, in part because many racing dogs are trained to chase lures. However, this doesn’t mean they won’t get along with other pets. Some become best buds with their furry roommates! It really just depends on the dog.


One might think that, because of their speed, Greyhounds need plenty of room and hours of daily exercise. However, that really isn’t the case. Greyhounds are actually pretty sleepy, and can snooze up to 18 hours a day! Therefore, while homes with fenced yards are a great match for these pups, they can do just fine in apartments, as long as they get lots of walks. (Note: these sweet pups often don’t pay much attention to cars, so they should never be allowed to run around off-leash, except in fenced areas.)


Because Greyhounds have such narrow heads, it’s easy for them to slip out of regular collars. Fido will need a special collar, known as a martingale collar.


Greyhounds have very thin coats, so they need jackets in cold weather. One great thing about these cute pooches is the fact that, because they don’t have undercoats, they don’t shed much. They also need only minimal grooming. This makes them a great option for people with allergies. Many Greyhounds are highly sensitive to chemicals, such as flea sprays. Ask your vet for specific care recommendations.


Many animal welfare groups work to find retired racers great forever homes. In fact, more Greyhounds are now pets than race dogs! If adopting one isn’t right for you, consider supporting a Greyhound rescue society by donating, volunteering, or even just spreading the word.

Please contact us, your local Folsom, CA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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