Discovering a Greyhound’s 'Winning Ways'

Written by Dr Kate Harmon

When I was studying at university, I had the opportunity to foster greyhounds. 

I had each dog for a few months, getting them used to daily home life in preparation for their new home.

My friends and I would take them to the local market where they would gladly accept many pats and cuddles from people passing by.

Greyhounds are very gentle, calm and sociable so are ideal for families and people wanting a loyal companion. 

Dogs up for adoption are usually aged two to five and range from 27 to 40kg in size with an average lifespan of 10 to 14 years.

Despite their athletic background, they are actually quite lazy. A daily 30-minute lead walk and 10 minutes of zoomies around the backyard will keep them very happy; the rest of the time they like to sleep, sleep and sleep some more (plus a few cuddles and pats in between). 

Most are very easy to walk on the lead and you will be the envy of other dog owners as your muscular greyhound floats on by at the end of a loose lead!

Greyhounds accredited by approved organisations can now go muzzle-free in public but still must be on a lead at all times. 

From a veterinary perspective, greyhounds are our top pick for blood donors as their temperament, size and high red blood cell count are perfect for helping us save lives with invaluable blood in times of need.

If you are interested in adopting a greyhound, becoming a foster carer, or just want to find out more about this lovely breed, please contact Greyhound Adoption Program Tasmania (GAP) or Brightside Animal Sanctuary.

These organisations take greyhounds who have been retired or are deemed unsuitable for racing, send them to foster carers to socialise them and ensure they are able to cope with a home environment. 

They then match the dogs to a potential owner’s needs.

Many wonderful dogs are in foster care right now waiting for their forever home.