For centuries Greyhounds have been bred to hunt by outrunning their prey. They are the world’s fastest breed of dog and their speed is simply breathtaking.
Years of breeding for speed have given them graceful and athletic bodies. The need to think quickly while running has increased their native intelligence and their ability to make independent decisions. Since they were bred thousands of years ago to hunt in packs and take down the game before their humans caught up with them, they have never been accustomed to heeding human commands while running.
Now that hunting is no longer their job, their lifestyle as racers is quite different. What has not changed, however, is the fact that they are still wonderful companions because they are raised with lots of human contact from the day they’re born.
Greyhounds placed though GPA Tri-State are usually between 2 and 5 years old. They stand between 24 and 31 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 50 and 90 pounds, females generally being smaller than males. Greyhounds come in a variety of colors including black, red, blue (gray), fawn, various shades of brindle and all of those colors broken with white.
There is nothing unique to Greyhounds that prevent them from getting along with other pets and children. In fact, Greyhounds are often more gentle and more patient than many other breeds. However, while peaceful by nature, adult supervision is the key to integrating them into families with small pets and children.
Greyhound ownership is a serious responsibility. Our policy is to ensure that anyone who adopts a Greyhound will be capable of, and willing to, accept that responsibility.