Advanced search

Does your greyhound bring in animals?

(28 Posts)
Debbiecurtbag Sat 03-Aug-19 12:10:42

I have been looking at adopting a greyhound and have joined a few Facebook groups. Was reading a chat where lots said their greyhound brought in mice/ birds/ hedgehogs etc. I’m now thinking greyhounds may not be for me. I refuse to get a cat due to the above.
Do I need to look at another breed?

OP’s posts: |
yetwig Sat 03-Aug-19 14:02:37

Mine didn't bring in anything only played with her toys. She didn't get to race, had her from a puppy, she had no chase instinct.

yetwig Sat 03-Aug-19 14:05:21

Just to add, Greyhounds make wonderful pets, please don't pass on this breed, friend have never had a problem with them killing birds, mice and bringing them in the house. Any breed of dog can do this, just remember that.

SlowStarters Sat 03-Aug-19 14:44:31

My greyhound foster would collect shoes.

She never damaged them, just liked to collect them onto her bed...

But never animals. She licked a toad once.

I miss her sad

Debbiecurtbag Sat 03-Aug-19 15:10:41

Thanks. In all other respects they seem perfect but I have a phobia of mice etc.

OP’s posts: |
Letsnotargue Sat 03-Aug-19 15:14:01

My greyhound loved the idea of mice and would get very excited if he could hear one in the compost bin. He would have had no idea what to do with one if it ran in front of him.

The only animal he ever brought in was the frozen half body of a rabbit that a fox had left in the garden overnight. He was so pleased with himself, and quite upset when I took it off him.

Debbiecurtbag Sat 03-Aug-19 15:16:15

Oh goodness I’m not sure what I’d do sad
We always had dogs growing up and never had that kind of issue. I may need to rethink.

OP’s posts: |
MardAsSnails Sat 03-Aug-19 15:16:29

Mine peed on a Dalmatian this morning. That’s the most interaction with other creatures as he gets.

It was our Dalmatian. She had a bath yesterday. She’s now yellow.

squee123 Sat 03-Aug-19 15:17:57

any dog is likely to pick up a dead animal it finds. They're scavengers

HeadintheiClouds Sat 03-Aug-19 15:19:17

No, mine never did this. I’ve never heard of them doing this in their own gardens, but admittedly ours could never be allowed off lead when out. Most ex racers will have similar restrictions due to the prey drive.

Debbiecurtbag Sat 03-Aug-19 15:45:11

Thanks. Yes I guessed they couldn’t be off lead when out. On the Facebook group lots seemed to be saying they’d bring things in from the garden. We do get mice, foxes and lots of squirrels and pigeons in our garden and I’d rather they stayed outside.
Tbh I would be looking at adopting a retired dog so perhaps the kennels could advise more.

OP’s posts: |
Berthatydfil Sat 03-Aug-19 15:52:37

Mines an ex racer so doesn’t know what to do with toys.
Will chase cats and squirrels though but never caught anything.
He can open the fridge (Ate a pack of chicken goujons) and kitchen cupboards and so has eaten cakes and other things within reach he is tall enough to reach the worktops and will raid the cupboards and bins bring packets of food full or empty into his bed.
He’s actually very fussy about actual dog food though.

Debbiecurtbag Sat 03-Aug-19 16:21:58

Ha ha I can cope with food stealing. We had a boxer that used to eat literally anything. Including bars of soap.

OP’s posts: |
tabulahrasa Sat 03-Aug-19 17:12:32

My rottie once brought me a mouse, I threw a ball he brought back a dead mouse... I’m very very sure one of my cats left it there though, lol.

Usually though... I’d be wondering how a dog “brings” anything in...are they just out there alone?...

Scattyhattie Sat 03-Aug-19 17:28:48

I've had 3 ex-racers, 2 probably would enjoy chase of squirrel/bunny offlead but prefer to be sniffing while on.
One was high prey drive & given opportunity sure would've been successful hunter but in 7yrs she caught a sparrow that flew into the house & a frog ( carried it up the garden & spat out) she then spent many hours in same spot hoping they'd be another to catch. None of the hounds were really interested in chasing birds & would need to be within grabbing distance to be worth a try.

Most things like hedgehogs/ rodents are nocturnal and if really concerned taking dog out on lead to garden, in daytime can see its clear & can use noise to scare away any cats, birds, squirrels.

My greyhounds spent so much time on sofa our many local cats didn't seem to care about hanging out in out in our garden and would sit on fences to wind them all up, but often they do learn to avoid. I once got a shock opening back door to discover a cat so became a bit more careful taking out on lead first so they had time to get away.

Judashascomeintosomemoney Sat 03-Aug-19 17:35:38

God, no, though she does only have about four teeth left grin. She is a very next racer but she doesn’t have any uncontrollable prey drive. She’s twelve but can still put a massive spurt on around the garden, lasts seconds and requires approximately 23 hours rest afterwards. She completely ignores squirrels, hedgehogs and birds in the garden. She came face to face with the neighbours’ cat a couple of weeks ago and got very excited running up to her, play bowing. The cat just looked at her disdainfully so she came back indoors literally with her tail between her legs!

Debbiecurtbag Sat 03-Aug-19 17:37:15

I must admit another concern is that our neighbours have a cat. I can’t imagine how awful it would be if the cat came in the garden and the dog caught it.

OP’s posts: |
Judashascomeintosomemoney Sat 03-Aug-19 17:38:02

He’s actually very fussy about actual dog food though
Mine too. She helpfully waits until I have bulk bought something before she goes off it though hmm

Judashascomeintosomemoney Sat 03-Aug-19 17:41:36

Where are you looking to adopt from? Our local dog’s trust have a good idea of the prey drive level of the sight hounds they have. Some absolutely cannot be homed with other small furries but some, like ours, they advised were fine (she had previously lived in a home after her racing days and so they had lots of info on her)

Debbiecurtbag Sat 03-Aug-19 17:43:27

I’ve looked on all the grey hound sites. Most seem to say that they need a child free home or other digs though. I’m actually struggling to find a greyhound that can be homed with a family as a lone dog. I will keep looking though.

OP’s posts: |
Berthatydfil Sat 03-Aug-19 18:14:04

Where are you located ?

Debbiecurtbag Sat 03-Aug-19 18:23:28


OP’s posts: |
Berthatydfil Sat 03-Aug-19 22:12:01

Ah ok probably a bit too far as we are in south wakes but the lady we got our gh rehomes ex racers. You could try the greyhound rescue society though.

hoopieghirl Sat 03-Aug-19 23:10:55

My ex racer has never brought anything as a present for me!! Too busy zzzz on the sofa probably x

hoopieghirl Sat 03-Aug-19 23:13:00

Try Greyhound Trust mine rehomed as only dog in family home.

Join the discussion

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.

Join Mumsnet

Already have a Mumsnet account? Log in