Considering a rescue dog - maybe a greyhound or lurcher, we are first timers!

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doggydays Tue 13-Nov-12 12:22:41

That's it really!

We are first timers, please be gentle! Kids are early teens. We have a large garden, I work 2 days a week during school hours (might possibly be able to change this if I negotiated with work, not sure).

No experience of dogs before but feel we could offer something, we are in no rush and if you think it's not a good idea, fair enough!

Would be able to give at least an hours exercise a day and probably more in reality if required or it helps?

No specific love of any particular breed and happy to be guided if another breed would be more appropriate, just at the start of our journey and thought I might post initially.

An excellent idea! Greyhounds are ideal first time dogs - gentle, loving, very laid back and great fun. Come over to the Greyhounds, Lurchers thread, have a browse and find out more about them - we are a very friendly bunch, and between us, we have greyhounds (we have four currently blush), whippets, lurchers, grippets (cross between grey and whippet), a gorgeous whiffie (cross between whippet and staffie) and assorted other pointy nosed delights.

If you would like a recommendation on a good rescue to work with, let us know roughly where in the UK you are and we can point you at some. Scruples Whippet rescue is a national rescue and very well thought of - you could take a look at their website, or the Retired Greyhound Trust as a starter.

Greyhounds will be very happy with an hour a day of exercise. Fortunately, they don't need huge amounts. They can also enjoy doing things like basic obedience classes (though this isn't their strongest suit), and are brilliant PAT dogs. They aren't noted for their brains but are highly skilled thieves (your kitchen surfaces will be spotless). Usually a rescue grey will already walk nicely on the lead, be mostly housetrained, and usually they travel very well. DH likes going running with a couple of ours.

One last warning - they are highly addictive and one is never enough!! grin

CMOTDibbler Tue 13-Nov-12 14:19:12

We've just adopted a greyhound grin. He is lovely, quite happy to snooze most of the day (is sleeping on the sofa while I'm working), and a complete gentleman on the lead. We luffs him.

Rhinestone Tue 13-Nov-12 14:48:39

Nothing to add, just hurrah for you for getting a rescue dog!

doggydaze Tue 13-Nov-12 15:04:47

Rhinestone - Lol, I didn't say that I WAS getting a rescue dog, just considering our 'worthiness', for want of a better word!

We are in West Yorkshire, but close to the North Yorkshire border if that helps broaden the field.

I'll pop over to this thread you mention, thanks.

My basic concern is my working hours, I leave at 8.30/9am and return about 2pm. I could walk the dog before if that helps but, in reality, would that be a bit long to leave a dog? I could negotiate changing the hours a touch, but, worst case scenario, if I couldn't, what's the thoughts there?

Happy for honest answers, if that won't work, then it won't work and it's not fair on all concerned.

CMOTDibbler Tue 13-Nov-12 15:22:36

A dog would be fine being left for that length of time 2 days a week

lovemydogs Tue 13-Nov-12 15:53:30

I got one greyhound 5 years ago and a second a year later - they are fantastic - great on the lead, love being in the car (my boy likes sleeping in the car when it is on the drive!!), they snooze on their duvets most of the day, are fine when left - I used to work 4 days a week and they were fine though now am at home, mine don't nick stuff from kitchen to be honest. My girl is very clever and knows words and commands - my boy less so. Both are very loving and affectionate. Neither sleeps on any furniture (not sure if this is unusual) and are very gentle with people and children. I do not let them off the lead though as they are both ex-racers and I would worry that they would run in front of traffic if they saw a rabbit or squirrel but they always seem very happy. They are not muzzled when out. I just love mine. They really have changed my life and have given me a reason to go on when my parents died. Good luck xxxx

interregnum Tue 13-Nov-12 16:08:47

Lovely to hear someone considering a rescue greyhound rather than a puppy.
Can only echo what love my dogs said, they are ideal for the first time
owners, and although they might suffer from some separation anxiety at first
they will happily sleep through 5 hours. Our two would quite happily sleep in the car 24 hours a day given the chance.

doggydaze Tue 13-Nov-12 16:18:53

Thanks for your replies so far, seems I am not too far off the mark with the breed.

How would I reduce the possibility of separation anxiety? Take some time off work initially?

Sorry if the questions is simples smile

Best way to avoid SA is to adopt two! And I'm not entirely joking, as greys spend all of their racing lives living in v close proximity with other dogs, so unlike a "normal" dog which quickly adjusts to being the only dog in the house, they often find it a bit more of a stretch. Having said that, masses of people have only one greyhound and they get on fine, just that when you see how happy they are with a pointy nosed chum you really do think about it.

However, lots of ways for a solo grey to have pointy friends, and most greyhound charities organise things like regular greyhound walks, playdates (yes, really), lure coursing events, charity dog shows etc for a good dose of hound socialising.

No need to take time off work - generally the thinking is that you should ease them in v gently into your routine, and not over fuss them the first few days. Initially they may be quite quiet, and will be adjusting to your household routines (they really thrive in a household with routines) and then you gradually see the comedian emerge grin And that's when the fun starts .....

Hopeforever Tue 13-Nov-12 16:36:36

We had 2 lurchers and one of the loveliest things was watching them play and chase each other

Rhinestone Tue 13-Nov-12 16:41:01

doggydaze it's too late now, you've put it in writing in The Doghouse, we'll hold you to it!!

FWIW, I think your dog(s) will be fine being left for 5 hours twice a week. No more than 4 hours is the general rule of thumb but a fabulous loving home where the rule of thumb is slightly exceeded is far preferable to a 'not particularly special home' where the dog is rarely left iykwim.

Merle Tue 13-Nov-12 16:41:23

OP I'm guessing that Tia rescue at Sowerby Bridge will not be too far from you?

Rescues near you - there's the North Yorkshire branch of the RGT - see here - they have monthly greyhound walks - these are great for potential adopters like you to attend as you have a nice stroll, meet some lovely hounds and get a chance to chat to some greyhound owners in a nice, relaxed no obligation way.

There's also Tia Greyhound Rescue link here at Hebden Bridge.

Good luck!

bellarose2011 Tue 13-Nov-12 17:09:37

our family dog that was a greyhound/lurcher cross was a great dog. really chilled and although he did need a really good run everyday once he was home he would sleep all the time. also he was happy to be on his own for 4-5hrs.

one thing i will warn you off is there hunting instincts, he killed many rabbits around our house (countryside) and could not be stopped once he spotted one. and when he was about 13 my mum came to stay at my house with him, i had recently got 2 kittens. we were all in the kitchen (4 adults) and he was under the table, we had not realised that one kitten had gone under the table towards him. he snapped at her once, caught her neck and killed her instantly. it was awful and after having him for so many years we could not believe he had done it.
he was normally a very placid freindly dog but i think these breeds can't help themselves when they see something small and fluffy so be careful with neighbours cat ect.

doggydaze Fri 16-Nov-12 08:56:32

Guys - thank you for your help so far.

I know I am changing course but I am not really (!) as I am at the 'considering' stage rather than 'going to do it' stage so mulling and asking questions on here! Lurchers still in my thoughts, just researching a touch more.

I went to the DogsTrust Leeds yesterday, it's close to us, it's kind of a 'flagship store' for DogsTrust, massive place. Just wanted advice really, nothing more. I will probably offend people, I am sorry, but the place felt 'cold'. Staff weren't really all that interested, although they might have been busy, I don't want to be critical. It was kind of like walking into a house that you might want to buy or a school or something but not getting the 'vibe'. Ramble ramble.

Anyways, to cut a long story short I surfed about a bit on the web last night and I was impressed with a site call Yorkshire Rose Rescue. All their dogs are in foster homes. Lovely website, not that this should make a difference. I can't figure out where in Yorkshire they are based though (not that it matters).

Does anyone know anything about them at all?

I can't comment on the Leeds branch, but I know the peeps at Dogs Trust Bridgend, and understand what you mean. They are a big operation, and have lots of paid staff - nothing wrong with this, but there is that strong air of this being a "job" and things being less individual. However, their care is excellent and they have superb back-up, adoption procedures etc.

I don't know the rescue you mentioned, but took a look at their website and there are several very encouraging signs. I LOVE the fact that all their dogs are in foster and have a minimum assessment period - this is excellent, both from a dog welfare perspective (most dogs get stressed in kennels), and in ensuring a really good, realistic assessment of the dog's behaviour/character. As with all reputable rescues, they do a thorough homecheck first, and dogs are rehomed once they are chipped, neutered, vaxed etc - all good stuff. I also like that they will make recommendations for you and dog match after doing the homecheck, suggesting that they are really trying hard to make the best fit dog for you, not necessarily the photo you have fallen in love with.

Also, they are a registered charity, and while there are some good rescues who aren't, this structure means that the organisation's governance has to meet a certain standard, and there is some transparency about their finances, etc. You can look them up on the Charity Commission website and review their expenditure. There is also a website callled Rescue Review where people post their experience of adopting through various organisations - may be worth a look.

Inthepotty Fri 16-Nov-12 10:07:26

OP I recently adopted my second dog from Yorkshire Rose Rescue. They are fantastic at matching you up with a dog that's right for you, excellent aftercare etc- they were on the phone on day two to make sure my dog had slept ok!!

doggydaze Fri 16-Nov-12 10:38:59

Scuttlebutter - thanks for taking a look for me, a newbie. Appreciated. Good encouraging signs then!

Potty - Again, good. Where are they based, do you know? Yorkshire is a big county. Although, it probably doesn't matter if all the dogs are if foster homes.

Would a tentative email commit me to anything? I am a bit nervous, how daft!

FunSizedMum Fri 16-Nov-12 11:50:30

I'm interested that noone has responded to bellarose's comment...

"one thing i will warn you off is there hunting instincts, he killed many rabbits around our house (countryside) and could not be stopped once he spotted one. and when he was about 13 my mum came to stay at my house with him, i had recently got 2 kittens. we were all in the kitchen (4 adults) and he was under the table, we had not realised that one kitten had gone under the table towards him. he snapped at her once, caught her neck and killed her instantly. it was awful and after having him for so many years we could not believe he had done it.
he was normally a very placid freindly dog but i think these breeds can't help themselves when they see something small and fluffy so be careful with neighbours cat ect. "

I find this story shocking and it isn't the first anecdote of it's kind that I've heard. I would love a sight hound, but the idea of having to worry about what might happen if it caught the neighbour's cat is a bit much for me.

Really not wanting to put the dampeners on your exciting doggy venture though doggydaze. I hope you find the perfect pooch at your local rescue and, as Scuttle says, a foster home is the perfect place to really get to know the dog's character. All the best with it! smile

FunSizedMum, many dogs, including sighthounds, chase and kill other animals, including cats, squirrels, rabbits, sheep etc. Chasing and killing is a natural behaviour for dogs, especially for sighthounds, terriers and other working breeds/types. Speak to any farmer and they will tell you about sheep being worried by the "pets" of irresponsible owners. At our local park, which is teeming with squiggles at the moment, I've recently seen several dogs kill squirrels, including a Lab, a collie and a terrier cross.

All responsible greyhound charities provide advice to new owners on managing a dog with a strong prey drive, though it is also worth pointing out that around 20% of greyhounds can live very happily with cats and other small furries. In the story above, it's not clear to me if the sighthound concerned was known to have a high prey drive, but this story could equally have been about a JRT or any number of other breeds. Certainly, killing rabbits on walks is not confined to greys.

Ironically, I'd argue that the fact that greys are known to often have a strong prey drive means that greyhound owners are generally very careful with them - common precautions include limited off lead play/running, wearing a muzzle etc. thus ensuring that greys generally are less likely to be involved in incidents.

"Lots of dogs will chase a cat/rabbit/squirrel.
Greyhounds are fast enough to catch them"

<<Some wise person said that, don't know who>> blush

stleger Fri 16-Nov-12 17:09:14

My dog, who is slightly whippet, is convinced that all cats want to come and talk to him and looks sad when most run away. Greyhounds and their cousins are great dogs...could you maybe take your dog to work? I have brought mine sometimes!

doggydaze Fri 16-Nov-12 17:15:59

I can't comment on the greyhound prey drive I am afraid, being a newbie. We have no cats and, in fact, DH utters terrible oaths pretty much every weekend that he ventures into the garden, because all the local cats seem to crap in it! At the risk of offending many cat owners, having a dog with a high prey drive might be not such a bad thing! We do have a garden with a wooded area (well, 7/8 well established trees with TPO's on them) at the bottom and therefore many squiggles, I am rather fond of their antics though.

I did send an initial email, didn't fill out the application form, just enquired if, being inexperienced, we were suitable. I received an IMMEDIATE response that they didn't see why we wouldn't be and to fill the form out!

doggydaze Fri 16-Nov-12 17:16:36

ps - yes, I could take to work. That wouldn't be an issue at all.

D0oinMeCleanin Fri 16-Nov-12 17:20:30

My terrier would love to kill our cat, but I am a meanie and won't let him. My lurcher (greyhound cross) would love to befriend the cat, but the cat is also a meanie and won't let him.

My terrier loves killing things in general. I almost had heart failure when he chased a rabbit down the sea wall while the tide was in (it is made of boulders and almost a vertical drop, the rabbits make their burrows in the soil and clay behind the boulders) He tried to go down a fox den not long ago, but I was able to call him off for a treat [smug]

The lurcher has little interest in killing anything other than tennis balls, things other than tennis balls have the audacity to fight back and he is a wimp grin

mistlethrush Fri 16-Nov-12 17:24:45

DogsTrust Leeds - we got our last dog from them - and they are actually really nice people - same manager then as now (11 years). But they see lots of people there - most of whom won't adopt from them - so you might not have seen how much they really know about the dogs they have or want to get the right homes for the dogs and vice versa....

doggydaze Fri 16-Nov-12 17:30:59

Mistlethrush - Yes, I fully appreciate that, I didn't want to be too critical on one visit, they do an amazing job. Agree, they had no way of knowing if I was serious or notsmile. That was my initial impression only.

Being close, a number of people I know also have good experiences with them. I just felt it was a little clinical, but wouldn't discount on one visit.

Why do so many people think all rescue dogs are crazy though?

SaskiaRembrandtVampireHunter Fri 16-Nov-12 17:37:00

"All responsible greyhound charities provide advice to new owners on managing a dog with a strong prey drive, though it is also worth pointing out that around 20% of greyhounds can live very happily with cats and other small furries."

Purely anecdotal and it might be different with greyhounds, but I've had three lurchers over the years, none had a problem with small furry creatures, and all lived quite happily with cats. Two came as puppies so probably learnt to coexist with them, but the last one came as an adult and was highly recommended as being very good with cats. She loved them!

stleger Fri 16-Nov-12 17:39:02

Mine can find a decayed tennis ball from miles away. Many rescue dogs have to learn how to fit into a household where everyone is their friend - often they have had a sad time (although some are handed in for other reasons). Most of the dogs I know are rescues, they all have individual 'characters', but they are no crazier than the non rescues.

stleger Fri 16-Nov-12 17:39:40

And many dogs love going to work!

mistlethrush Fri 16-Nov-12 21:30:21

The collie/terrier cross we had had a very high prey drive right the way through her life. We could tell where she was by the pheasants errupting from the hedges and the rabbits screaming.

Our foster dog seems to like the idea of chasing squizzles and cats - but has yet to have the chance as we can't let her off at the moment!!!

Vivalebeaver Fri 16-Nov-12 21:37:29

I've got a greyhound, who does have a prey drive. She's killed rabbits, hares and tried to take deer down.

She lives happily with the cats and chickens. Poor dog is bottom of the animal pecking order in this House and she knows it. She's scared of the cats, terrified of the chickens!

She sleeps a lot. I changed my job two years after getting her and its not ideal but 2 days a week she's left from 7:30 to 3pm. However the other 5 days someone is with her all the time, and she gets long walks. She seems fine with this, no signs of separation anxiety or boredom. I think she just sleeps all the time.

reasonstobecheerful Sat 17-Nov-12 14:49:37

I have had 3 greyhounds, 2 straight off the track and one a stray and all three were fine with cats, small furries, small dogs, horses etc also a spanish galgo who was used for hunting and she was also fine with other animals and just loved our cats. All of them would kill a rabbit in the fields or a squirrel however.
Well done for considering a rescue OP, greyhounds are great dogs, you might like to have a look at www.greyhoundgap.org.uk they are a fabulous rescue who take time to match families with the right dog for them and are always there for advice afterwards.

LadyTurmoil Sat 17-Nov-12 19:07:45

Some great dogs looking for homes at Dogwatchuk www.dogwatchuk.com/ Fluff and Jonesy (pg 4) look lovely although they aren't pointy!

moosemama Sat 17-Nov-12 19:19:47

I have a lurcher and he is actually scared of next doors cats. blush

He does bark at them, but they uses his fantastic burst of speed to move as quickly as he can ..... in the opposite direction!

I don't know why - as far as I know he has never been wronged by a cat. grin

That said, we don't let him off to run if we go walking in the fields. He's never actually chased, but I can't help thinking the temptation would be too great should a rabbit shoot out from the undergrowth in front of him.

He is a fantastic family pet, beautifully lazy, as long as he gets a good burst of speed once a day, very gentle with the dcs generally lovely to be around - oh and he does a wonderful line in lovely 'lurcher-lean' hugs and soulful gazes. grin The only downside is his head being at worksurface height at he is a bit of a worktop surfer - but you soon learn not to leave anything edible low enough for him to reach.

mistlethrush Sun 18-Nov-12 14:36:16

We got told of the 'worktop surfing' and true to form, our foster dog had paws up on the counters and the kitchen table - and even popped right up onto the kitchen table once. However, she's not ventured a foot near the table or counters in days - even when there was clearly delicious food on the table and no one in the kitchen. 'sit' might be proving a somewhat difficult concept to grasp - but she worked out that paws or chins on the table or counters was not acceptable quite quickly. grin

moosemama Sun 18-Nov-12 14:44:57

We have come home on a couple of occasions to find our boy standing in the middle of the kitchen table. We hadn't left any food there, he just seems to like it.

We've caught him asleep up there a couple of times as well. confused

He knows well enough not to do it when there's someone looking, but he's pretty wily for a pointy dog - I reckon it's the saluki and border collie in him that does it. Mind you, he has a bang on recall as well, so I guess the border collie blood has it's uses too.

mistlethrush Sun 18-Nov-12 15:30:23

Sounds as though the collie is foremost on the recall then! I understand the saluki side sometimes just don't come on occasions - asserting their individuality or something!

moosemama Sun 18-Nov-12 19:30:42

Gotta love the saluki personality traits though. I have honestly never met a dog who is so easily offended and capable of disdainful looks. I'm told this is typical saluki behaviour.

Lord help us if we stroke our other dog but not lurcher boy - he gets seriously offended and bears a serious grudge for ages afterwards! grin

His mix is, mum: saluki/grehound dad: greyhound/border collie. It's a lovely mix really and he's a beautiful beardy-faced boy as well as having lovely soft droopy ears (must be the saluki in him again there I guess). You would never know he had bc in him at all unless you were told.

SpicyPear Sun 18-Nov-12 19:42:18

Moosemama I went on your profile to see if there was a photo of your hound and now I'm desperate for cake. They look delicious!

Sorry for the non-dog diversion, as you were...

moosemama Sun 18-Nov-12 19:49:32

grin Sorry. I keep meaning to put pictures of the dogs up, but they're on my old laptop which gave up the ghost. Oddly though, after much nagging dh has just fixed it this afternoon, so I may be able to put a picture of my pointy boy up soon.

TwoIfBySea Sun 18-Nov-12 19:57:58

Oh wow LadyTurmoil, wish you hadn't put that link there. Desperately wanting to rehome Filipe now! Those Podencos are lovely.

LadyTurmoil Sun 18-Nov-12 21:42:58

Felipe looks lovely, doesn't he? He's a bit smaller than a lot of the Podencos, they usually have supermodel legs and need 10' high fences! Good write-up on him too - what about it Two??

TwoIfBySea Sun 18-Nov-12 23:04:05

We live too far away and I have my own lab retriever to think about so would need a few meetings before committing. Otherwise...

We're looking for another dog though! Ours is in desperate need for a brother or sister as he never gets to play enough at the park or on the beach. I puppy walked him for Guide Dogs but a problem with his back legs meant he couldn't progress so they offered him to us for rehoming as soon as the decision was made. I drove 70 miles to the GD centre that afternoon to bring him home!

Had never heard of Podencos before. God if I had the room and money I'd have a whole pack of dogs!

doggydaze Mon 19-Nov-12 08:16:10

Got to laugh at a dog being 'easily offended' smile

Ok, update.

So far, we have decided that YES, we will have a dog, and it will be a rescue dog (doing a virtual grimace at Rhinestone for being rightsmile)

DH very keen to explore Greyhounds. I am a bit more impulsive than him and would have already emailed GRT (I like one at their West Yorks website called Bob, although I think we are actually probably geographically closer to the North Yorks centre but actually live in West Yorks if that makes sense). He loves their gentle nature. DH wants to chat to a friend that has adopted two recently to ascertain their experience.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire Rose Rescue have been amazing. I have tried to be as honest as I possibly can be, explained we are first timers and that, while we have tons to offer a dog (IMHO!), in reality, I would need to leave any dog for short periods, given my work, kids activities and DH working away often etc. I am not talking for hours on end but trying to be honest. Tried to outline worst case scenario etc.

I got a phone call within an hour of submitting my form and have had lots of contact since. 3 dogs would fit our criteria. Here's the link. I hope I am not breaking any confidentiality by doing this?

http://www.yorkshirerosedogrescue.co.uk/needingahome.html

I initially enquired about Ash without knowing his background (although, I wasn't desperate for a specific dog tbh, happy to be guided), I happen to think staffies have a bad name and really the problem is at the other end of the lead. DH doesn't agree and has discounted. Apparently, Ash has a lovely nature but strong on the lead and has had 3 owners already, the latter fact would concern me more (first owner young lad who gave him up after 4 months, second the owner had 3 young children and he was two much, third because the owner had another strong dog and that was too much, he's in foster now but the home is small and he's not showing himself in his best light!).

Lucy too but staffie cross so DH wouldn't go with that option, regardless. I don't agree but it's not just me our decision affects so fair enough.

Lastly, and ideally for us in their opinion, Baxter. They don't think he will be with them long, he's not ready yet as they have only just got him and he needs to have his injections, be neutered etc and the foster seems to think he hasn't any significant issues. I know NOTHING about JRT's though?

So, we will have a dog but that's as far as we have got!!

doggydaze Mon 19-Nov-12 08:19:18
doggydaze Mon 19-Nov-12 08:55:10

Blimey - had a two minute google about JRT's and scared myself half to death!!!!

MadAboutHotChoc Mon 19-Nov-12 09:21:38

Lurcher Link are based near you I think.

We adopted a lovely natured 2 years old lurcher bitch from them - she does like chasing rabbits but her recall is very good and will come back. She leaves cats alone though. She is friendly with other dogs, children etc and her only vice is counter surfing. Definitely not a crazy rescue dog.

mistlethrush Mon 19-Nov-12 09:45:22

doggydaze - I pmd you - did you get it?

LadyTurmoil Mon 19-Nov-12 09:51:16

JRTs certainly quite a different type of dog to a greyhound?! I would ask a lot more questions: does he yap/bark quite a lot? Exercise needs? Does the fosterer have children? How does he get on with them? Does he get on with other dogs? That sort of thing...

doggydaze Mon 19-Nov-12 10:00:44

Yes, completely agree LT!

I think we have moved in two different directions whilst trying to explore our options and need to figure exactly the right route for us.

Part of me thinks Greyhound/Lurcher etc, given our inexperience. I also love their nature and looks.

The other half of me thinks that I do have the time to give plenty of exercise to a more active dog, but whether I could cope with a JRT is another matter!

Can Greys take more exercise if I wanted to give it? Sorry if that is a basic question, a couple of the sites mention that they need 2 x 20 mins a day is fine but I have romantic visions of tramping in the local fields for hourssmile. Seriously, I would love to do longer family walks etc.

I know you guys said an hour is fine early on in the thread?

MadAboutHotChoc Mon 19-Nov-12 10:06:03

Greys can do longer walks but lurchers have more stamina and are able to play and run for much longer - I walk mine twice a day, a quick one in the morning and a 45-60 mins walk in the afternoon.

mistlethrush Mon 19-Nov-12 10:09:26

If you want the longer walks and are prepared to do at least one 1hr walk a day, I would have thought lurcher might be better than a grey.

doggydaze Mon 19-Nov-12 10:15:46

This is interesting, thanks. I need to investigate Lurcher's more.

I am really not sure I could handle a JRT, despite the rescues best intentions!

moosemama Mon 19-Nov-12 10:45:12

grin blush I know, I know, I've had dogs all my adult life and even studied dog behaviour, so am well aware of the tendency for owners to anthropomorphise, but honestly, I have never known a dog like him in terms of bearing a grudge and giving meaningful looks.

Doggydaze, lurchers can stand more exercise, it's just that they are also fine with a really good run and then lazing about the house all day. We regularly walk miles with our boy. He tends to have a complete mad one with incredible bursts of speed, then trots along next to us for a while till he get's his energy back and off he goes again.

I would definitely have a look at lurcher link we got our boy from there and they have a national network.

A lurcher, depending on cross, would be likely to have more stamina. However, don't rule out greys. Though they are happy with a minimal walk, they can gradually improve their fitness/stamina and are able to cope with much longer walks.

Our four, who are all older dogs, have around an hour each day, though we often do longer walks on the weekend, plus extra activities like playdates, etc. In addition, DH goes running with a couple of them several times a week - they really enjoy this. The key with the exercise is to build it up gradually. What you will also notice is that they get tired just as much (if not more) by social events or things that engage their brain, like training classes. Bless them, they are not the brightest of dogs grin Took one of ours out to a store collection yesterday - she was bright and social for about three hours, then came home, leapt on the sofa and slept solidly for the rest of the night. It's a similar picture when we go to events, dog shows, training classes etc.

A JRT on hte other hand is practically impossible to wear out and will NEED a great deal of both physical and mental work every day to keep happy and out of mischief. And a terrier can do a great deal of mischief if they want to!

doggydaze Mon 19-Nov-12 11:42:01

I am ruling nothing out, apart from the JRT (unless DH has other thoughts)

Personally, I think the rescue have been fabulous and very helpful but maybe trying to get one of their existing dogs to fit us, which I completely understand - I never knew just how many dogs needed homes until this weekend. This is honestly not a critical comment either. I am pleased to be considered ok to have a dog tbh!

Going to ask a question or two. I really don't know if it's ok to say, contact two or three rescues or, when you have decided on one, stick with that. Again, I don't want to offend anyone here, it looks like many of you do amazing work with rescues. I just don't know the 'correct' way to do things. It seems a touch rude to contact two or three rescues or whatever, but if that's normal and gets us the right dog, is that ok? Usual?

I also can't believe I am considering two dogs, if they were Greys or Lurchers that is! I see many benefits actually and we have the space.

mistlethrush Mon 19-Nov-12 11:52:14

I had contacts out with about 5 at one stage! We were in a bit of a rush to find the right dog though, because our last one had just been put down because of bone cancer that was a really sudden end (to a wonderful life - she was also a rescue). DS is still quite young and really missed her - he's grown up with her around, and we wanted something to help to fill the dog-sized hole in our lives as soon as possible, whilst getting the right dog for us (and us being the right family for the dog too).

It's not rude, but it is polite to tell the rescue that is what you are doing. Sometimes rescues can work together to source dogs, especially if someone is looking for something very specific e.g. a three legged greyhound that likes cats, and adores men with beards (and no, this is not very far from what we are sometimes presented with as requirements!) Sometimes a homecheck carried out by one rescue (especially if breed specific) will be acceptable to another one. For instance I homecheck for two local greyhound rescues - if you were on the books for both, and a dog came up and you'd been homechecked for one, it would make sense for the whole process not to have to be repeated.

Would say YY to two greys together - they love living with other pointies and are great company for each other. And you'll be able to enter lots of Best Pair/Best Brace classes in the summer! wink

doggydaze Mon 19-Nov-12 12:05:35

Ah Mistlethrush - the downside to having a dog sad

Yes, telling the rescues make sense, thanks. It makes me feel better too, less deceiptful almost. Gosh, I feel a bit wrong saying we would need smooth haired (for DH, who has asthma but doesn't struggle with smooths) and would quite like a boy (reasons emotional and not set in stone anyway, a girl would be fine in reality), didn't realise people had such stipulations!

Just to confirm that two would be ok for new dog owners?

To clarify, we have the space, time and finance for two but not the experience smile

MadAboutHotChoc Mon 19-Nov-12 12:18:51

I think you will find it easier to find a smooth haired lurcher boy than a rough coated girl - unless things have changed, rough coated lurchers and bitches are very popular.

I think with lurchers, unless you find a pair that is up for rehoming, it is probably best to adopt one at a time. Again, you would need to talk to the rescue you are looking at.

Adopting a pair of greys is much easier esp if you find a pair that are being kennelled or fostered together.

mistlethrush Mon 19-Nov-12 12:37:50

But then you could find two lurchers that are kennelled together... I, for instance, could have taken on a matching pair who got on well together, but we only really wanted one (at that stage.. DH doesn't yet know that I am already thinking that a second might not be a bad thing).

Re bitch / dog - go with your feelings - although many people will say that if you're getting two its often easier to get one of each.

LadyTurmoil Mon 19-Nov-12 12:52:25

I was very taken by Tinger, when I looked at Evesham Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue's website, a lurcher, female and smooth coated, good with DC, and needing plenty of exercise - seehere They've also got some gorgeous other dogs in at the moment.

Shropshire Greyhound Rescue have some lovely whippet lurchers in and have an adorable pair of brothers, William and Maxim, two lurchers, greyhound x whippet x deerhound and less than a year old - see [[ http://shropshire.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk/Dog/?dogId=56a5def7-ec54-9f5e-631e-5093ebb4b2c0&from=adopt-a-greyhound details]] Beth and her team are fantastic and will do everything to ensure a good home.

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