Every one of us at Tallevet is thrilled to see that NSW will be the first state in the country to ban greyhound racing. Hopefully, this is just the beginning for Australia.
My wife Sue and I are all too familiar with the sad story of a greyhound racer – their life on the track begins as a gamble and for most, ends in tragedy. In Australia, approximately 20,000 greyhound pups are bred every year, however not every dog is suited to racing and, those who don’t make the grade are discarded. After being discarded, the lucky ones get to go and be rehabilitated for adoption. Albeit, there’s still not enough people out there who realise the huge potential this breed has of becoming the perfect family pet.
Sue and I adopted our Greyhound Toya from Greyhound Rescue 8 years ago. We’ve always loved the breed and if you’re contemplating getting a puppy or a dog, I’m giving you some reasons as to why you should consider adopting a greyhound.
- They are very loving and affectionate
They don’t get the nickname of ‘velcro dogs’ for nothing. This breed sticks to their human companions and are very affectionate.
- They don’t shed hair
If you’re looking for a breed that doesn’t leave a trail of hair around the house, look no more. Greyhounds don’t shed a lot of hair and they don’t have that typical “doggy” smell because they don’t have the fatty undercoat that many of the other breeds have.
- They’re very quiet
When at home, they’d prefer to be sleeping and chilling out, than barking at every movement or noise outside. As a breed they rarely bark unless taught to do so by another pet.
- They don’t need a lot of exercise
Contrary to common belief, greyhounds are quintessential lounge lizards. They love to sleep a lot and just need one good walk or run a day.
- They’re very sociable
The beautiful natured greyhound means they get on well with other dogs, kids and, believe it or not – cats.
- They can be rehabilitated
I know what you’re thinking “… really? Can they REALLY be rehabilitated and trusted?” Yes – they can and our dog Toya is living proof. For 8 years, she’s lived with Sue and I, two kids, another dog and 2 cats. After some initial re-training by Greyhound Rescue she was absolutely fine.
In saying this, like any dog that has been abused or neglected, ex-racing greyhounds may initially have problems socialising and it’s important to take it slow with rescue dogs and not set them up to fail. Adoption centres like Greyhound Rescue do thorough research to make sure you are matched with a dog suitable to your home and family.
You can find out how to adopt a greyhound through many rescue groups, as well as the industry’s Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP).