Greyhounds are a very low maintenance dog with their short coat requiring minimal grooming. They are low shedding and due to the lack of undercoat they are more easily tolerated by people with allergies. Due to their body structure greyhounds cannot tolerate extreme temperatures, either hot or cold, and require heavy coats in cold weather. Considered a non-barking breed and combined with their average exercise requirements, greyhounds can make great family pets in accommodations such as condos and apartments as well as with people with growing families.
Greyhounds make exceptional family pets with a long lifespan of 9-12 years but they do have specific requirements that may differ from other dog breeds. Greyhounds cannot be off-leash except in a safe and completely enclosed area. Greyhounds have been bred to chase without direction and interference from humans for thousands of years. This coupled with their incredible eyesight and speed means they can quickly be out of reach and earshot and in harm’s way in the blink of an eye. GPAC also stresses that invisible fences and cables are not an appropriate containment solution for a greyhound. Their speed will have them through an invisible fence with ease and due to their rapid acceleration a greyhound can break its neck if placed on a cable.
For a more in-depth look at the greyhound and how it will fit into your home please check out our Greyhound Handbook.