Greyhounds – Pros and Cons & Compatibility with Single Owners


Greyhounds are athletic dogs with a long and narrow body. Did you know they are the fastest dog breed in the world? Here are a few things to consider for single owners thinking of getting a greyhound.

Pros of Owning a Greyhound

They require less grooming maintenance compared to other dog breeds due to their short coat. Their fast-growing nails, however, need to be trimmed on a regular basis.

They are very healthy dogs. They are less prone to inherent health problems that other dog breeds may suffer from. One condition they are prone to is bloat.

They are a relatively quiet breed. You may get the occasional barking problems but that can be minimized as long as the dog gets the proper care and exercise.

Cons of Owning a Greyhound

They are no couch potatoes. You need to give them regular exercise and opportunities for the dogs to run at full speed. This might be difficult for single owners who live in urban cities.

Greyhounds can have somewhat of an independent personality. This could potentially lead to a longer house-training period, especially if the training isn’t done at an early age.

They have relatively little body fat and thin skin compared to other dog breeds. You’ll need to provide adequate protection (e.g. dog jackets) for a greyhound if you live in area that gets really cold or hot.

John at My Pet Child

is the Founder of My Pet Child, where he shares his tips on living with a dog in an apartment.

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