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How to Best Manage the Greyhound Temperament?

To manage the Greyhound temperament, and in fact any dog's temperament, you have to look at the breed's history and purpose. These intelligent and graceful dogs became extremely popular in 18th century England. They were used to chase down game such as rabbit, which was a staple part of the dinner menu in those times.

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Greyhounds are one of the fastest animals on Earth, and this speed gave rise to the greyhound racing industry. Many pet greyhounds have come from this industry and been re-homed after their racing career comes to an end.

As a pet, the Greyhound is ideal. They don't need much grooming, nor do they need a lot of exercises.

They are quiet and affectionate and will be happiest curled up on the couch with you.

Although they are quite large, they can live happily in an apartment as long as they get a daily stroll. The quiet Greyhound temperament makes him an ideal candidate for apartment living since he rarely barks.

I would strongly recommend that if you do invite a greyhound into your family that you allow him to live inside. They have a thin hair coat and very little body fat, both of which make them feel the cold.

These Grey Hounds are having a blast!!

Greyhound Temperament and Personality

Not all Greyhounds are exactly alike. There are individual differences between dogs. However, here are a few common Greyhound traits to take into consideration:

The Urge to Chase

The athletic Greyhound temperament gives him a strong desire to chase. The Greyhound is a sighthound, which means they hunt by sight rather than by smell. They are hard-wired to chase. This can cause problems if you share your life with other small pets.

The Greyhound Temperament with Cats

Dog temperaments vary widely between individuals, and your Greyhound may not have a strong prey drive. If that's the case, then he will probably learn to live peacefully with your cat or other small pet. However, you must never be relaxed about this, and always supervise your Greyhound around other small animals.

Strong Prey Drive – Keep A Tight Leash

Greyhounds traditionally wear a basket muzzle when they are out in the community, just in case they notice potential prey. If they should catch something, they won't be able to do it any harm.

One aspect of the Greyhound temperament that can be dangerous to him is his tendency to focus on his prey, to the exclusion of e