Guest Researching Posted July 24, 2016 Share Posted July 24, 2016 Hello! We are wondering if a retired racing greyhound is the right pet for our family? Why we think a greyhound might be a good match: - I work from home. I go out maybe 2-3 hrs a day for sanity. - We have a suburban home, and can easily fence our yard ( our neighbor just did it, will ask her for a referral). - our kids are 1- off to college and 2- age 12 girl - our house is quiet and organized with set mealtimes and bedtimes etc. - no other pets - attracted to greyhounds because I wanted a companion who would be content to quietly hang out while I work(5-6 hrs a day) - wanted a quiet dog, because houses are very close together in our neighborhood and nobody's dog bArks - wanted a short haired breed because my husband is Already allergic to cats, and I do not want to trigger any allergies with the dog - wanted a breed who will not dominate my 12 yo dAughter, who is a quiet gentle girl and would not know how to handle a dominant dog. i am afraid that a dominant kind of dog might start nipping her or bossing her around. - don't want a chewy, jumping, puddling puppy - sympathetic to dogs being killed or sold for research after racing, and it would feel good to help So, Our question- I am a rambler...I go for after dinner walks of 30 min - 1hr almost daily. My grown kids are often reluctant to go, and my husband , who wants to relax at home after work, is not always in the mood to come out either - so I am looking for a dog who would be up for good long rambles with me (2-3 miles). On weekends, we like to hike. Usually it's like 1.5 hrs on the trail, but occasionally we go out all day. We would love to have our dog enjoy that, too. Reading over the forum, I get the impression that greys might not be active/outdoorsy enough? We veg a lot at home, but we also want a dog that can get active with us? Are greyhounds able to be active in the way described above? or is it like, we would drag them out for the walk/hike and then they would sleep the entire rest of day since we have exhausted him/her....? The second question is, my daughter often has friends come to play, and I know they would want to interact with the dog. I would supervise of course, but is this terrifying to greyhounds? It sounds like they can be easily spooked ( ok, I know many people might be spooked by a bunch of giggling chatting preteen girls, but let's stick to greyhounds!) Thanks for reading this long post.... Curious to hear your thoughts! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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