The short, smooth coat is an easy keeper; occasional brushing and you’re good to go.
Although a loving companion, the Greyhound possesses the typical independent spirit of the hound, so patient training is necessary. They enjoy the company of their families as well as other dogs. The breed's short, smooth coat is easy to maintain. Due to the Greyhound's athleticism, they need daily exercise, but should be kept on leash or in a fenced area due to their tendency to run.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Greyhounds is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
An active dog when outdoors, but not wise in the ways of the modern world, the Greyhound needs a large, fenced area, safe from cars and other dangers. If allowed ample exercise on a daily basis, you will be rewarded with a dog that is sound in mind and body, and is a joy in the home.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Greyhounds are healthy dogs. The breed has few major health problems. Gastric torsion and bloat are life-threatening and require immediate action and treatment. You should familiarize yourself with the symptoms, and talk with your dogs breeder and veterinarian.
Because they are athletes, Greyhounds can be subject to sports injuries such as pulled muscles, broken toes or split pads, and their fine, taut skin can be prone to tears and lacerations. The long, whip-like tails can split or break from impact. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Greyhound can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.