a greyhound as a pet? Surely not!

 
What do you know about greyhounds?  Here's what I thought I knew:
 
big, scary, lots of teeth, aggressive, enjoy tearing apart small furry things, and wound as tight as a clock spring.
 
Of course, this was before I actually ever met a greyhound.  Well, how wrong can you be?
 
The first time I met one was at a GAP stall (the Greyhound rescue group) at the local fair.  And there wasn't just one, they had a whole pack of them - VERY intimidating.  To be honest, my first thought was "they must have them all sedated" because the majority of them appeared to be only semi-conscious.
 
It turns out, this is how greyhounds spend a good 23 hours of their day.  Here was my first misconception blown away.  Greyhounds, in reality, are the laziest dogs you will ever meet.  This, of course, makes them ideal pets.  A 20 minute walk in the morning, and they are happy to snooze the afternoon away.
 
 
But this is not the only trait that makes them ideal pets.  In fact, think of every positive attribute you would like in a dog, and what you have is a greyhound:
 
no smell (well, hardly any) due to the fact they don't secrete oil. 
 
don't shed (well not much anyway) because of their short coat.
 
don't bark (unless absolutely necessary)
 
friendly (try walking past one without it saying hello)
 
trainable (very eager to please, and hate being scolded)
 
few congenital problems (like hip dysplasia) due to the fact that they haven't been in-bred to produce particular characteristics (except speed).   Turns out they are one of the oldest breeds of dog.  If you look closely, you will see pictures of them carved into the pyramids.
 
not aggresive (unless chasing a rabbit) because they have lived with humans for thousands of generations. 
 
I think part of the reason they look so ferocious is the muzzles they wear while racing.  These are required because greyhounds are fiercely competitive amongst themselves when chasing prey, and are not above giving each other the occasional nip during a race.
 
To summarise, think of a greyhound as a large cat, without the megalomania.
 
Speaking of which, most greyhounds are able to be trained not to chase the family cat (a job easily left to the family cat).
 
 
So, if you are thinking about getting a dog in the near future, please think about a greyhound.  Or even better, go and meet one - and be prepared to be charmed.  We certainly were.
 
Frank and Jane.