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Greyhounds, do you need to keep them in pairs?

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Wishiwasrunning2 Thu 12-Jan-17 14:02:46

I've been following a few greyhound rescues as we are considering rescuing one.

They are often paired up in rescue to go to homes together or state that they need another dog in the house.

Is it best to keep them in pairs or is a singleton happy enough as long as adequately stimulated, exercised, and lots of company?

Any greyhound experts?

OlympicBonfire Thu 12-Jan-17 14:05:00

I'm on my second greyhound and both have been singletons. They do like other greys but you can normally find greyhound groups who do regular walks so that they can get to meet up with their own kind.

Both mine have been happy as singletons

Wishiwasrunning2 Thu 12-Jan-17 14:18:12

Can I ask if you would recommend any rescue centres? I know there are a fair few which specialise in greyhounds. I'm in Berkshire.

Scuttlebutter Thu 12-Jan-17 14:58:55

I know people who do happily manage with singleton greyhounds, but our experience is that they are just SO much happier when there is another pointy around. It's worth remembering that until they are adopted, they have literally lived their entire previous lives with other greys. Many may have gone their entire life without seeing other breeds of dog.

As others have said, if you do stick with one, take advantage of the very well supported greyhound social scene. There are a huge number of greyhound walks, picnics, playdates, events etc - single greyhounds love these as it gives them some social time with other greys and it allows you to make friends, and then for your greys to have sleepovers/playdates with their friends.

Scuttlebutter Thu 12-Jan-17 15:04:50

Just to add, a good rescue will advise you on which dogs will live happily alone.

For Berkshire, you could consider the Forever Hounds Trust which covers most of southern UK, Birmingham Greyhound Protection (which also has a wide reach despite its name), Celia Cross isn't too far away and they are superb. If you look on the RGT website, it lists the regional branches - depending on where you are you might find it easier to either go to Swindon branch or to some of the ones round London (herts/essex etc)

luckylambchop Thu 12-Jan-17 15:23:40

We only have one and he seems perfectly happy! The way I see it, life as an only dog in a nice warm house is way better than the damp, cold kennels we got him from. We have neither the desire nor the money for a 2nd dog. smile

Wishiwasrunning2 Thu 12-Jan-17 16:10:53

Thanks we will contact those rescues and see what they have. They look like they make the most amazing pets but we would only have space for one. Although I have seen they fold quite small grin (when sleeping)

Maybe we can find one that is happy to live as an only dog, I can imagine our sofa will be more pleasant than a cold kennel.

Do they vary in exercise requirements? I've read that they only need 2x 20 min blasts a day, but I love running and would love some company on runs up to 4 miles-ish? Would it be possible to build them up to that?

Wishiwasrunning2 Thu 12-Jan-17 16:11:36

...and Greyhound Sleepovers sound like a lot of fun!!

luckylambchop Thu 12-Jan-17 16:37:07

Mine will walk for miles, most mornings we do about 5 miles. Mind you he is a fair weather dog. Right now he won't even walk half way up the garden for a wee...

LaGattaNera Thu 12-Jan-17 18:33:59

I am in Berkshire and got mine from Hersham Hounds initially got one girl then a year later got a boy and feel a pair was better for me and for them. However, if due to room/cost etc then better to have one than none as they all need a loving home. Hersham Hounds will let you try them for the weekend before adopting the dog and you can try a second one if the first doesn't work - they are super, really helpful and flexible and work hard to ensure a great match.

LaGattaNera Thu 12-Jan-17 18:36:47

oh and re the running, I am a runner and never took mine after an initial try they are sprinters and like short bursts - found that they ran way faster than me but obviously could not cover the distance and what with the pees and poos they need on the way it doesn't work. Further if they see a cat or squirrel or rabbit they could dart for it and pull you with them and if you are not off-road this could be into a road for example I think it is too risky and I always felt that their walks were their walks.

Wishiwasrunning2 Thu 12-Jan-17 20:28:29

Thanks for the info, I suspected that might be the case with the running, but no matter as it's not a deal breaker.

Will try Hersham Hounds, a trial would be good as we haven't had a dog for years and need to check the kids would be happy and that there's no allergies etc.

Scuttlebutter Thu 12-Jan-17 23:32:37

They can do running, but you need to build up slowly and gently. DH used to do running with one of ours until he got old and our new hound is 5 - DH is going to start doing more runs with him to build up to around 5K (what he used to do with our old boy) with a view to maybe doing some canicross at a later date for fun. Would def recommend one of those waist leads if you are going to do this, and it also helps that we've done a lot of work with new hound on his lead walking so he already adores running with DH very happily side by side when they are at the park together (it's lovely to see actually). smile

CMOTDibbler Fri 13-Jan-17 08:05:56

I have lurchers (one more greyhoundy, one is more whippety - though chunky as he is prob x doberman) and they adore running with me. I will run up to 14km with them - its not that they won't do more, just that I get fed up of poo bags. wee stops on really long runs.
I can't get on with a waist lead, and def don't want to encourage pulling (unlike the canicross people), but it is the only time I use harnesses due to rapid stops and people going the wrong way round bollards (hard stare at ddog1).

Lurchers often have more endurance than greyhounds, and usually have been more used to living alone. Though they still love pointy company socially.

Chester would love to go running with you for instance!

Wishiwasrunning2 Sat 21-Jan-17 20:54:28

Met a lovely rescue Greyhound today, he was the most placid, happy boy ever. Hopefully visit him again tomorrow.

Now I've met one in the flesh I see the attraction grin

He's fine to be an only dog too.


CMOTDibbler Sun 22-Jan-17 07:35:29

Hurrah! When might you be able to bring him home?

Wishiwasrunning2 Sun 22-Jan-17 08:54:59

He's coming for a visit today so see how he gets on with us then he can sleepover or we can pick him up properly tomorrow!! grin

Scuttlebutter Sun 22-Jan-17 10:25:53

Fantastic news! Hope it all goes well. grin

CMOTDibbler Sun 22-Jan-17 11:25:50

Fingers crossed!

Wishiwasrunning2 Sun 22-Jan-17 13:02:43

He's here, our youngest isn't too impressed by him though!! She's a bit nervous of his size.

He's being very good, not bouncy at all. Settled on his bed now.

ThatsWotSheSaid Mon 23-Jan-17 22:23:50

How's it all going?
I'm planning on getting a rescue greyhound in the next couple of weeks. Any tips?

Wishiwasrunning2 Tue 24-Jan-17 07:50:15

He's great but our youngest is not adjusting, and he's very strong in the lead. I didn't realise how strong they would be!

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