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Do Greyhounds Make Good Family Pets?

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People think they were just made for running and chasing. This isn’t true! My article below will talk about Greyhounds and why they make such good family pets.

Greyhounds make an excellent addition to any family. They are kind, soft and gentle, which makes them perfect companions. They don’t bark much either, which is ideal for many families. They love to run and play just like children.


Their personalities make Greyhounds the perfect pet for any family. They’re non-aggressive, gentle and love to be cuddled! 

  • Athletic
  • Even Tempered
  • Gentle
  • Intelligent
  • Kind
  • Quiet
  • Soft

If we are thinking of welcoming a greyhound into your home, learn about them below to understand how they could fit into your home. Every home is different, and so is every dog. Making the right decision and doing your research first will give you a good insight into these gentle, loving dogs.

Barking Tendencies

Greyhounds have low barking tendencies. They are quiet dogs with little to say. Their calm and gentle personality shines through when barking compared to other dogs that react much quicker. They judge every situation calmly and are confident not to bark out of fright, anxiety, aggression or protection.


They may run fast, but they do not have an excess amount of energy as we would think. Greyhounds require just the usual exercise per day like any other dog breed.

How much exercise does a greyhound require? 

A greyhound needs about an hour a day, or split into two 30 minutes sessions per day, and preferably they should have somewhere to run around for part of it.

How fast do Greyhounds run?

A greyhound can get to speeds of up to 45 mph.


Greyhounds love to play with balls and toys. Make sure they have enough of these to be happy and content.


Training a greyhound dog requires about the same as any other dog breed, but since these dogs aren’t so mischievous or stubborn, they are easier to train. The general calm state makes it easier for a greyhound to pick up and follow commands.


Greyhounds are somewhat delicate dogs with beautiful, agile, lean bodies makes them sceptical for rough handling. If you are thinking of getting a greyhound and already have kids, make sure they know their strength around them. Even though they love to play with children, they are delicate, especially their long legs. Also, you need to protect their skin from the sun and cold temperatures. They need protection with such clothing items as woolly roll neck jumpers or fleece jackets.


Yes, Greyhounds are very child-friendly. They are gentle and kind and will get along with all ages of children. However, for adult dogs that have grown up without children, you will need to be a little cautious. However, these dogs are certainly not aggressive at all. 

Children must be taught how to act around a greyhound as they have long, skinny legs that are delicate and could be harmed by boisterous children. 

Small pet-friendly

Yes, any dog can be small pet friendly; however, Greyhounds will need to be integrated with smaller pets from an early age. Most older Greyhounds will only see them as potential prey. So puppies, yes, but adults no unless they have been around small pets before. You will need to understand the background of the adult dog before taking on a greyhound with small pets at home. Puppies will need a little desensitisation training only. A puppy will undoubtedly be interested and have a natural desire to chase and play. However, a little training can resolve this.

From an Early Age

Cute Greyhound Puppy

It would help if you got your dog used to people and other dogs when they are very young. When they are older, it will help them because they will deal with other dogs and people better.

Socialising a greyhound puppy is also essential for their learning and happiness. You can do this by walking your dog with other dogs, going to places where other dogs may play, joining puppy classes and having guests over.

On-going Cost

The costs of having a Greyhound are £50-80. This includes food, insurance, treats and toys.


The lifespan of a greyhound: Twelve to Fourteen Years


Origin of a greyhound: England, British Isles

Prey Drive

Prey Drive: Very High

Type: Sighthound

Greyhounds are sighthounds, and this means they hunt with their sight and speed rather than scent hounds do with their scent and endurance. 

38 Sighthounds, also known as gazehounds

  1. Afghan Hound
  2. American Staghound
  3. Azawakh
  4. Basenji
  5. Borzoi
  6. Chippiparai
  7. Chortai
  8. Cirneco dell’Etna
  9. Greyhound
  10. Ibizan Hound
  11. Irish Wolfhound
  12. Italian Greyhound
  13. Kangaroo Dog
  14. Kanni
  15. Khalag Tazi
  16. Longdog
  17. Lurcher
  18. Magyar agar
  19. Mececyon
  20. Mudhol Hound
  21. Old Croatian Sighthound
  22. Peruvian Inca Orchid
  23. Pharaoh Hound
  24. Podenco Canario
  25. Polish Greyhound
  26. Portuguese Podengo
  27. Rajapalayam Dog
  28. Rampur Greyhound
  29. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  30. Saluki
  31. Scottish Deerhound
  32. Silken Windhound
  33. Sloughi
  34. Spanish Greyhound
  35. Suliot Dog
  36. Taigan
  37. Thai Ridgeback
  38. Whippet
Recommended Read – All about the history of the greyhound dog breed

Would you like to rehome a Greyhound? If so, visit Greyhound Trust. They have many dogs mostly retired from the racing industry and looking for their forever homes that you can choose from and or that they can match a suitable dog to you. Greyhounds are versatile pets and can adapt to many different families. The Greyhound Trust experts can help with all you need to welcome a new family member.

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