As one of my "future dogs" to one day own, I really want a rescue greyhound. Has anyone adopted one of these rescue dogs and how are they? What are your experiences with a rescue greyhound?
Can anyone elaborate on this? My understanding is that greys are generally good with other dogs of approximately the same size as they have been living with trackmates. Yes, many do chase small furry critters - including other dogs - as that is what they have been bred and trained to do, but that a tendency to be dog aggressive is not common.As with any breed there are some downsides to greyhounds, but overall they are a great fairly healthy and long lived breed. They are a large breed which means they have access to every thing from the floor to the counter. Retired racers have a tendency to be dog aggressive and go after anything smaller than they are. Greyhounds also have thin skin that tears easily, so rough play may end up with a trip to the vet.
A former neighbor of ours has 2 retired greys and he works with a local rescue. Whenever we would pass each other during dog walks, he always moved off the sidewalk to keep his dogs from getting too close to Molly. He said he didn't trust them with small dogs because of the small dog aggression issue. Once his wife was walking their two and he was walking two that they were watching for the day & one of those snarled and snapped at Molly.Can anyone elaborate on this? My understanding is that greys are generally good with other dogs of approximately the same size as they have been living with trackmates. Yes, many do chase small furry critters - including other dogs - as that is what they have been bred and trained to do, but that a tendency to be dog aggressive is not common.
This is realy a misconception. Retired races are rarely aggressive with other dogs as such. There are exceptions, but they are few and far between.Retired racers have a tendency to be dog aggressive and go after anything smaller than they are.
Retired racers have lived with other greys their entire life. Many of them actually want the company of other dogs of about the same size. and do better in a household where there is another medium-to-large dog for them to interact with. Small dogs are another thing, however.I've heard that they tend to be good with other dogs, due to living in kennels with other dogs, so they are well socialised with other dogs and people. I can't imagine that someone would keep a dog aggressive greyhound around for long.
I don't think GSD mixes have any particular issues with small dogs like greyhounds do. Obvs, any dog can be dog aggressive or just not like your adorable Roxie, but I don't think it's a breed specific thing, unless the other side of the mix is greyhound maybe.They're on my list for next dog, but I may have to change that if they're really that prone to chasing small dogs! I had no idea! GSD was my other option but that would likely be a mostly-shepherd mix from the shelter. I'll have to make sure I ask about small dogs specifically if I do get one.