I’m frequently asked, “Which dog breed do you think would be a good fit for me?”
Most people instantly think labrador retriever, golden retriever, or some adorable little dog breed, like the chihuahua or pomeranian. Whether you rescue an adult dog or buy a puppy from a breeder, you’re likely to run into these initial adjustment problems:
- manners (begging, jumping up, barking, etc.)
However, one breed that you will definitely not have to worry about, especially if you rescue, is the greyhound. Most greyhound rescues put these elegant pooches in foster homes before adopting them out. These dogs have a chance to adjust to family life before entering your home, and are thoroughly evaluated for small dog and cat friendliness, as well as what age child would be appropriate to live with that particular dog. Once adopted, these dogs rarely have any major behavior issues, and are fully housetrained! They’re easy-going couch potatoes who want nothing more than to lounge in the sun all day and go for a leisurely walk. Personalities vary, of course, so there’s a grey for everyone! Some are more energetic than others, some are more outgoing and affectionate than others. They can be aloof like cats, or loveable like labradors. All in that sleek physique we all know and love. You can have a larger, more intimdating dog without the pounds for apartment weight limits — many females are 60-pounds or less. Don’t rely on them for actual protection though. The worst a greyhound will do is trip an intruder and then offer kisses when they fall.
For this holiday season, if you and your family are considering adopting a dog for someone special as a gift, please consider greyhounds. They are rarely treated very well at the track, and many in California have been imported from Tijuana, Mexico — where regulations are much less strict than here in the USA. They are very grateful to find a family to love them, get out of the crate they’ve lived in for 23-hours the first few years of their lives, and experience the comforts of home-living. Your heart will rejoice when your new needle nose gives you that first wet-nosed kiss that clearly says, “Thank you for saving me.”
There are many greyhound rescues in Southern California. GreySave in Chino Hills is one I’ve volunteered for many times, and they do a wonderful job preparing these amazing dogs for their forever homes.