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Why a Greyhound?

The benefits 
of owning a Greyhound

Greyhounds offer a unique combination of athleticism, grace, gentleness, and adaptability. Their minimal grooming needs and low shedding make them a practical choice for families and individuals alike. When you choose a Greyhound, you're not just bringing a dog into your home; you're inviting a loyal and loving companion who will quickly become an integral part of your life.


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Loving and Loyal 

Once a Greyhound lets you into their heart, they are incredibly loyal and devoted. They form deep bonds with their owners and are known to be loving and affectionate companions.


Greyhounds are adaptable dogs that can comfortably fit into various lifestyles. Whether you live in a bustling city or a quiet suburban neighbourhood, they can thrive as long as they receive the love and attention they deserve.


Greyhounds are known for their independent thinking and problem-solving abilities. While they are obedient and eager to please, they also have a unique sense of self-assuredness.

Quiet Companions

Greyhounds are not known for excessive barking. They tend to be quiet and reserved, making them excellent neighbours in shared living spaces.

Great with Children

Greyhounds are generally good with children and can be gentle and patient with little ones. Their calm and easygoing nature makes them a family-friendly choice.

Gentle Giants

Greyhounds are gentle giants at heart. They are incredibly gentle and well-mannered dogs, often referred to as "couch potatoes" because they love lounging and relaxing with their families.

Low Shedding

If you're concerned about shedding, Greyhounds are a great choice. Their short coats shed very little, which means less cleaning and less allergenic dander in the house.

Minimal Grooming

Greyhounds have a short coat that's easy to care for. They don't require extensive grooming or frequent baths, making them a low-maintenance breed in terms of grooming.

Speed and Grace

Greyhounds are renowned for their incredible speed, capable of reaching over 70kph. This athletic prowess gives them a unique grace and elegance in their movements, making them a joy to watch and be around.

Make a Difference

By adopting a Greyhound, you're not only gaining a wonderful pet but also giving a retired racing dog the opportunity to spend their retirement as a loving pet and companion. Your decision to adopt directly contributes to their well-being.

The Greyhound Story

The history of the Greyhound breed is rich and fascinating, providing insight into why they make exceptional pets today.

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A Noble Heritage: The Greyhound's Ancient Beginnings

The Greyhound is one of the oldest and most esteemed dog breeds, with a history that dates back over 4,000 years. Its origins can be traced to the ancient civilisations of Egypt and the Middle East. These graceful and elegant dogs were highly prized and were often depicted in the art and hieroglyphics of the time.

The Renaissance of the Greyhound: European Royalty and Aristocracy

As time passed, the Greyhound's reputation as a regal and prestigious breed continued to grow. European nobility and aristocracy, including the likes of Queen Elizabeth I and King Henry VIII, were known to have a fondness for Greyhounds. They were cherished as both hunting companions and status symbols.

From the Race Track to the Home: 
A New Chapter

In the early 20th century, Greyhounds found their way to the racetrack, where their incredible speed and agility were showcased. For decades, they enjoyed a successful career as racing athletes.

Greyhounds as Pets: The Perfect Transition

Today, Greyhounds have transitioned from elite athletes to champion pets, marking a new and heartwarming chapter in their history. These gentle, graceful dogs have proven time and again that they are not just phenomenal athletes but also wonderful companions.The Greyhound's history is a testament to their elegance, nobility, and adaptability. Today, they are celebrated not just for their racing prowess but also for their role as loving and cherished family pets. By adopting a Greyhound, you are not only bringing home a piece of history but also welcoming a loyal and gentle companion into your life. They are truly one of the most remarkable breeds, both in terms of their history and their potential to make your life richer and more joyful.

Caring for your Greyhound

Greyhounds are not only beautiful and gentle but also relatively low-maintenance when it comes to their care. Here's how you can ensure your Greyhound thrives as a beloved member of your family.

Daily Life

  • Affectionate companions
  • Adaptable to any scenario
  • Great with children and other pets
  • Calm and relaxed nature


  • Moderate exercise
  • Daily 15-20 minute walks
  • Requires a fenced yard


  • Requires minimal grooming
  • Bath every 2-3 months
  • Regularly brush their teeth


  • Require high-quality dog food
  • Avoid overfeeding
  • Always provide fresh water


Do Greyhounds require a lot of exercise?

Greyhounds are sprinters and generally tire quickly. A 15-20 minute walk once a day is usually enough to keep your Greyhound in good physical health. Some Greyhounds enjoy doing a few quick sprints in the safety of their backyard, known as “zoomies,” but generally spend the rest of the day lounging in their favourite spot.

What ages are available to adopt?

Most GAP Greyhounds are between 2 and 4 years old, but we often have Greyhounds available to adopt between 18 months to 10 years of age. Their adaptable nature predisposes an easy transition to a family pet at any age. Greyhounds typically live for 12 - 14 years.

Are GAP Greyhounds house-trained?

Generally, our Greyhounds have no specific house training prior to adoption, but most acquire this skill quickly and easily. There may be some accidents whilst you establish a routine, but most Greyhounds will learn their toilet spot very quickly.

Can young families adopt?

Greyhounds are usually very tolerant with children. As with all breeds of dog, small children should never be left unsupervised with your Greyhound. It’s also important that children learn to respect the dog and its personal space, especially around food and bedding. Homes with children should provide a ‘time out’ area – this is a quiet space where your dog can go without being disturbed. GAP staff can advise on a Greyhound suitable for adoption by a family with young children.

Are Greyhounds friendly with other dogs?

Greyhounds may have had limited socialisation with other dog breeds prior to their entry into GAP. We assess every dog individually and make decisions on their ideal homes based on how they interact with dogs of multiple sizes and of different breeds. If you have an existing dog and are looking for a sibling, the team at GAP can assist with making sure it's the right fit by supervising a meet and greet with your dog. Greyhounds should be introduced to other pets in the home with care, and supervised feeding is always recommended in a multi-pet household.

What if things don’t work out?

All adoptions should be undertaken with the expectation that your new pet will be with you for the rest of its life. However, your Greyhound can be surrendered back to GAP if your circumstances change. GAP considers the first three weeks of any adoption a settling-in period. We will contact you during this time to see how your match is settling and be available for support if needed.

Are Greyhounds safe with cats?

Some Greyhounds are not suitable for homes with small animals such as cats and rabbits. GAP has a limited number of dogs available that have been deemed appropriate to live with cats. These Greyhounds are popular and generally adopted quickly. They are noted on the GAP website with a cat symbol. Adopters should follow instructions from GAP for introducing cats and other pets. It is not advisable for dogs to be unsupervised around poultry or smaller pets like rabbits and guinea pigs.

Do Greyhounds adjust quickly to pet life?

Many greyhounds have only experienced racing life prior to adoption, and transitioning into a home can be a new experience for them. They are an adaptable dog and usually adjust to their retirement with ease. There are several things a Greyhound needs from its new owner to adapt to their new pet home. These range from toilet training through to understanding what stairs are. GAP provides lifetime support to all adopters of Greyhounds and is on hand to answer any questions you may have.

How can I adopt?

Potential adopters should contact our supportive team at GAP, who facilitate a positive adoption experience and match a Greyhound to suit your situation and lifestyle. Adopting a Greyhound is a rewarding experience for anyone looking to welcome a pet into their lives.