Retired Racing Greyhounds: About the Breed

Greyhounds are intelligent calm, graceful, and normally laid back dogs. Greyhounds are in the sight hound category. A sight hound uses its sight to locate things, followed by scent and hearing. An adult greyhound athlete ranges from 22-29 inches in height (at the shoulder) and weighs between 55 and 70 pounds when they retire. Retired racing greyhounds live for 11-14 years on average. Greyhounds must be indoor dogs, since they have thinner skin, and shorter hair. Once they retire, they are normally very laid back and attentive to their humans. Greyhounds take retirement seriously and find lying around either on the couch, a comfy dog bed, or the carpet to be a perfect way to spend the day.

Greyhounds need space to stretch their muscles, either through normal daily (no matter the weather) walks, or a fenced yard. Greyhounds are sensitive animals. They know that human approval is a good thing and try to please at all times.

Retired racing greyhounds differ from AKC greyhounds in size, weight and abilities. The AKC greyhound is narrower and sleeker than the retired athletic greyhound. The Retired racing greyhounds are documented through National Greyhound Association (NGA). NGA registered greyhounds (retired racers) have tattoos inside their ears designating their location in the litter and their date of birth.

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