Hound Guide

This section is not meant to be considered a complete guide to Greyhound care. It does, however, provide some basic information you should be aware of before you adopt your first Greyhound.

You should make an effort to educate yourself as much as possible on the subject by reading a variety of web pages, articles and books, a few of which you will find in our GEM Store.

Caring for a greyhound is fairly simple but you must keep in mind they have traits that make them different from most other breeds of dog (except other sighthounds). You shouldn’t expect it to be any harder to care for a Greyhound, but it is vitally important that you AND your vet are aware of these differences because ignorance of them could be deadly.

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Visit the preparation page for some of the things you should have on hand before your Greyhound arrives.

What to expect the first few days, weeks and months from your new Greyhound.

Important information that could be crucial to the life of your dog.

Keeping your dog in the best possible condition.

Heat, cold and sleeping accommodations, or what your Greyhound might need to be comfortable.

Where to find more in depth information on caring for your Greyhound.

Things you can do to make adopting a hound into a home with children successful.

Want to know what a chip is? or a cockroach? Well they aren’t what you think, see Greyspeak for the real skinny on greyhound lingo.

rules to live by for the benefit of your K-9 companion

Want to know where this regal breed comes from? What about the brief carreer of greyhounds in advertising for the Greyhound Bus Line? Here’s where you will find that and much more.

Is trust a deadly disease? Read this and decide for yourself.

Information contained in this guide has been compiled from many great sources, both online and in written form. I would like to thank the following people for their research, hard work, and dedication to this breed and for publishing the fantastic books & websites that our guide is based upon:


  • Running With the Big Dogs & Greyhounds for Dummies – by: Lee Livingood
  • Adopting A Retired Racing Greyhound – by: Cynthia Brannigan
  • Care of the Racing Greyhound – by: Linda L. Blythe, DVM, PhD; James R. Gannon, BVSc, FACVs; and A. Morrie Craig, PhD
  • The Culture Clash – by: Jean Donaldson
  • Childproofing Your Dog – by: Brian Kilcommons
  • Separation Anxiety – by: Donna D’Amico

Greyhound Guide – The Greyhound Gang, Claudia Presto, Utah
Adopt -A- Greyhound – National Greyhound Adoption / Information Site
Voyagers K9 Apparel – Oceanside, CA – USA


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