Greyhounds as pets
While known for racing, Greyhounds make excellent companions for almost any family as they are highly adaptable to any home environment including apartments. They are laid back, loving, clean, quiet and smart making them excellent family pets
They love to lounge around and sleep a lot (many greyhounds sleep as much as 16-18 hours a day). Also, their gentle nature makes them excellent for travel and meeting new people and pets.
A greyhound’s short coat is easy to care for, and they come in a variety of colours from white to black, brindle to grey, tan to red, and any combination of these colours
Compared to other large dogs, Greyhounds have a longer than average life expectancy of 10-13 years, and due to their selective and careful breeding for the track, their health concerns are minimal compared to other similar sized breeds
In addition to adopting a new best friend and saving a dog in need, you will be joining a caring animal welfare community.
About the Green Collar and Muzzle:
Until recently, in NSW all greyhounds were required to wear a muzzle while on a leash in public. However, the NSW Office of Local Government recently changed the laws around greyhound muzzling; effective July 2019, greyhounds which are registered as pets will no longer be required to wear a muzzle on a leash in public. However, it must still wear a muzzle in an off-leash park unless it has undergone the Greenhound training and assessment program. Once a greyhound has been classed as a “Greenhound”, it does not need to wear a muzzle in an off-leash park.
To be classed as a “Greenhound” and obtain a Green Collar, a greyhound must have successfully passed an approved greyhound re-training program and The National Temperament Testing Assessment.
There are many organisations in NSW that re-home greyhounds. Some of these organisations, such as Greyhounds As Pets (GAP,) have gained a status as an Approved Greenhound Re-Training Program; all GAP greyhounds are automatically enrolled in this program and the cost of the assessment and “Greenhound Collar” are included in the adoption fee.