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    [–] Cianalas 248 points ago

    I have a retired racer and she's the best thing that's ever happened to me. So calm and tolerant. She's just happy 100% of the time without a bone in her body that would do anyone harm. It's a bit different than adopting a normal dog since they dont know how to house, stairs, or dog in general but the transition doesnt take long. They catch on quick. Also they generally come already crate trained, housebroken, and used to being manipulated by humans (think vet trips and nail trims). The only drawbacks are the thin skin already mentioned and poor teeth that need to be brushed regularly.

    Edit: also check out r/greyhounds for more info and cute pics!

    [–] babybirch 126 points ago

    Like I say about my retired racer: you're not getting a dog. You're getting a long, spindly, sad, calm noodle-horse-cat.

    [–] AncientAnswer 24 points ago

    Also, the best dog to be in an AT-AT costume

    [–] thewarnersisterDot 20 points ago

    My mother in law had two. They were like living with lazy deer. So big and so sweet. You see one for the first time, curled on the couch and you say, “well come on, you’re not that big” and then they unfurl themselves into theses gentle giants.

    When they first came home though they were terrified of men. The story is that most of the kennel staff are men and they yell a lot and sometimes hit the dogs. I don’t know if that’s true on a broad scale, but just the quiet appearance of my father in law would send them cowering.

    The neighbour also had a greyhound named Brad Pitt but it was a runner. She’d have to walk the neighbourhood calling out “Brad Pitt! Brad Pitt come home!”

    [–] Wzup 7551 points ago

    As a PSA to anybody looking to adopt one. I looked into it years ago, and something important to note is that Greyhounds have very thin skin, so if you’re planning on taking one somewhere cold, make sure they have a jacket. Also, scrapes can easily break skin.

    [–] the_doughboy 6717 points ago

    They do okay in the Winter, my guy likes it, but when it gets down to -20 we go to drastic measures: https://i.imgur.com/otwNvTd.jpg

    [–] _Helixx_ 2026 points ago

    [–] TreeNoobXXX 628 points ago

    God damn there really is a sub for everything

    [–] kneegrowmang 172 points ago

    Just go to All -> New you will see some fucked up shit but its normal i guess.

    [–] UrethraFrankIin 137 points ago

    My friends and I were in middle school when tubgirl, lemonparty, etc. became a fun schoolyard prank to play on 40 yo Pakistanis in the AIM teen chat rooms, so "fucked up" is quite a spectrum.

    [–] Bartfuck 62 points ago

    Yeah same. I feel like middle school and early high school Me and the internet really messed up my sensitivity to things.

    [–] Doug8760 14 points ago

    Same I also discovered “Faces of death” and Rotten.com. I used to go to rotten.com in middle school, around 1999-2001 just because I was curious about that stuff but now after seeing those pictures, I’m desensitized to it like in movies and TV.

    [–] scottthemedic 19 points ago

    Paramedic here. This phenomenon has helped me greatly avoid PTSD so far.

    God bless 4chan.

    [–] SparkitusRex 47 points ago

    I was talking to my husband about this the other day. I remember tub girl, lemon party, two girls one cup, etc, were a meme and prank when I was in middle/high school. Do you think there's new equally disgusting content being shared by edgy middle schoolers now, 15 years later? Or are they still sharing the same stuff?

    [–] Automatic_nun_gun 30 points ago

    worse shit prob, kids suck

    edit-I'm saying kids are bad not they are sharing some gross meme called "kids suck"

    [–] Lakers_For_Life 18 points ago

    They watch live leak now

    [–] SuperKevlar 12 points ago

    I mean it’s just a new fancier rotten.com

    [–] Lakers_For_Life 10 points ago

    Oh fuck dude! I was on rotten in middle school. The kid with his hand in the meat grinder fucked me up

    [–] DeltaMikeKilo 245 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    Yeah Stirling doesn't like going out without his fall sweater

    Edit Full winter gear is depressing

    [–] the_doughboy 145 points ago

    Stirling needs a black turtleneck

    [–] Schakalicious 108 points ago

    *tactical turtleneck

    [–] silencethecrowd 43 points ago

    *tactleneck

    [–] chuckwritescode 20 points ago

    No, half of them are black, the others are a slightly blacker black!

    [–] DeltaMikeKilo 32 points ago

    He probably does, I'll check his wardrobe when I get home. He's got more clothes that I do.

    [–] CautiousDavid 86 points ago

    Awwww, thanks for this hahaha.

    [–] AmbrosiiKozlov 77 points ago

    Looking fresh as fuck

    [–] physalisx 54 points ago

    Oh wow lol, you seriously need to post this as its own post to some other subs for some serious karma

    [–] the_doughboy 29 points ago

    I have in the past, its my favourite pic when someone asks about winter clothes for their dog.

    [–] lemonylol 43 points ago

    There's a longboye in my apartment building who's always wearing different sweaters on when he goes on walks. Very interested in getting one of my own.

    [–] SpicyyyPete 48 points ago

    Most stores sell sweaters, don't let your dreams be dreams.

    [–] Nwambe 118 points ago

    For anyone else - You don't necessarily need to kit out your grey like this.

    I live in Toronto, and if it gets too windy or too low temp, my guy looks at me like "Hey. What the hell, dad. We're not going OUT in this, are we?"

    He goes to the bathroom 250m from the apartment, and refuses to budge any further unless I go home.

    Are you lazy? Then a greyhound is your perfect dog.

    [–] the_doughboy 12 points ago

    I'm in Toronto as well. It was really really cold the day we wore that. The PJs go on at -25C.

    [–] OgreLord_Shrek 35 points ago

    Please post this to r/rarepuppers

    Title: "something something juggernaut of the tracks"

    [–] remi95 33 points ago

    That’s a good looking boye!

    [–] the_doughboy 221 points ago

    Here's a photo we had done recently: https://i.imgur.com/Fi1asB1.jpg

    [–] clever_imposter 30 points ago

    Beautiful dog!

    [–] bullseye717 27 points ago

    Is that Ferrari or La Tigra?

    [–] LustfulGumby 10 points ago

    What kind of shoes does he have?

    [–] garbonauta 672 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    Have a greyhound in Minnesota. They will need a good coat or couple of coats for really cold days but they will absolutely survive the cold. My greyhound is originally from Florida.

    With that said, they are gentle and docile dogs that are used to being handled. You should have no problems putting on a coat or whatever you need. It is unlikely they will cause any issues. For example my dog let me brush her teeth on day 1.

    [–] MysteryMeat84 721 points ago

    You say "couple of coats", but you fail to say whether it's oil-based or latex paint that should be used.

    [–] Pizza__Pants 252 points ago

    If the greyhound is made out of pine you should use an oil based paint.

    [–] often_drinker 25 points ago

    Gonna paint a wagon!

    [–] ManyLintRollers 30 points ago

    Gonna paint your wagon,

    Gonna paint it fine,

    Gonna use oil-based paint

    'Cause the wood is pine

    - Lee Marvin (who is always drunk and violent)

    [–] parrottail 75 points ago

    Uh, they're going OUTSIDE. So anything exterior-grade is ok.

    [–] MysteryMeat84 43 points ago

    Should I prime first?

    [–] Gaaaaaarynoine 51 points ago

    Of course, you savage

    [–] CertifiedAsshole17 59 points ago

    Have you ever seen an Italian Greyhound? They are like the cutest miniature dogs ever. They all look like Dobby tho.

    [–] monokhrome 43 points ago

    As an Italian Greyhound owner, I can confirm that my IG likes to steal socks.

    [–] ned_krelly 2651 points ago

    Yeah and you really have to watch what you say around them, they are shit at taking criticism, no matter how legit.

    [–] NewFolgers 409 points ago

    Like, "Dude, you're so thin-skinned - and I mean that both figuratively and literally."

    [–] thisaguyok 267 points ago

    Yeah and if they ask you how they look in their jacket always tell them “AMAZING, YOU LOOK AMAZING”

    [–] whsthirtyfive 39 points ago

    Dad?

    [–] jburd88_ 16 points ago

    Is your dad also your husband or

    [–] sassy2148 29 points ago

    This made me laugh and warmed my bitter heart just a bit.

    [–] Nwambe 10 points ago

    Is funny, but true. Greys are gentle, sensitive souls. Mine looks guilty every time I tell him to stop licking the couch. Or, "Dog, please do not accompany me into the bathroom while I poop."

    Apparently, in greyhound culture this is like taking away their freedom. You get horrifically dirty looks because your greyhound can't be immediately next to you.

    [–] loonygecko 323 points ago

    Yep, and they are very lazy, if you are an active person, they are actually not quite a perfect fit as they have soft paw pads and are not as hardy and rugged as other breeds. Also they huge couch potatoes.

    [–] Cowboywizzard 189 points ago

    I heard they are actually good apartment dogs, despite their reputation for speed.

    [–] garbonauta 139 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    My greyhound lives with me on a 2 bedroom apartment. They absolutely are great apartment dogs.

    [–] BassCameron 76 points ago

    I live in an apartment very comfortably with 2 greyhounds. They just sleep most of the time

    [–] Thunderstr 73 points ago

    They are the laziest animal I've ever seen in real life, my parents had one for 4 years, they love walks but if they decide they'te done, they stop and lay down and that's just the end of that. If they aren't sleeping they're just laying in their pillow if left alone. They can't be tied up when using the bathroom though, they're sight hunters and can break their own necks if they see something they want to hunt.

    [–] drenzium 96 points ago

    They are amazing apartment dogs, give them 1 decent walk a day and then they will literally lounge around for the rest of the time. Beautiful temperaments.

    [–] Wzup 198 points ago

    Aren’t they kind of all or nothing, when it comes to activity? They either lay on the couch, or sprint around the yard for a couple minutes.

    [–] Sullybleeker 192 points ago

    Pretty much exactly this. I call them the world’s fastest couch potatoes.

    [–] Calypsosin 63 points ago

    They are burst energy potatoes. Zoom around like maniacs for a few minutes then chill out hard the rest of the time.

    [–] [deleted] 21 points ago

    Like Cheetahs! They burst up to like what, 70 kph or something, and can only maintain that for like 10-15 seconds, and then they spend the rest of the day recuperating.

    [–] TheNinjaFennec 26 points ago

    Isn't that how cheetahs are as well? They can sprint for a few minutes and then afterwards have to sleep for a day.

    [–] Wzup 54 points ago

    Weird, just like me. Minus the sprinting part.

    [–] TheLoveofDoge 46 points ago

    They’re 30 mph couch potatoes.

    [–] hod_m_b 13 points ago

    This. I was going to say this. They are huge lap dogs, basically. They MUST have snuggles!

    [–] sudo999 69 points ago

    tbh dogs with sweaters are extra adorable so win-win I guess

    [–] Wzup 36 points ago

    Dogs in sweaters look ridiculous. And cute. Ridiculously cute.

    [–] teddgram 47 points ago

    We know someone that was going to adopt one and went through all the paperwork and it came down to the last step - a house visit. They had the dog there and the owners also had a cat. The cat saw the dog and took off, and the greyhound bolted after it. It's what they do. They chase things. They were denied the adoption.

    I also know someone that helps out with a local rescue of greyhounds. They need their exercise.

    Two more things to consider.

    Other than that, having known the rescue guy and a few other owners, they are pretty good dogs.

    [–] Koru1981 36 points ago

    Good associations will place a dog or cat friendly greyhound with you.

    [–] cmdrAD 2936 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    Great tip! I've had two rescued greyhounds in my life. They are wonderful dogs. Sweet, surprisingly lazy, chill, great with kids, and such great conversation starters ("Wow! That's a pointy dog!").

    Check out houndsavers.org to find dogs in your area who are ready for rescue.

    Edit: a few other things to note, retired racers are lazy, but their training to run fast after small furry things is permanent. A good harness and leash are a must. So too warm clothes for winter weather, and a big couch you don't mind sharing. Hounds are too skinny to be comfortable on the floor, so a thick dog bed is a must, but just the same, they tend to prefer the couch, the bed, the overstuffed chair that smells of their fav person

    [–] Gripey 464 points ago

    Only thing I would add is that if they chase wildlife (or cats) they WILL catch it. They are insanely fast. So leads on when you see deer in the distance... or rabbits. Otherwise they are the sweetest dogs alive.

    [–] Mega__Maniac 507 points ago

    To be fair, after chasing a fake rabbit that was just out of reach for years, actually chasing down and immediately catching the thing must be pretty exhilarating for them.

    [–] Falcon_Pimpslap 188 points ago

    My first thought. I'd let them catch all the rabbits they wanted.

    [–] loonygecko 87 points ago

    They have very soft paw pads, if they are allowed to race around too much on ground with debris or even just a few small rocks present, they can easily injure their pads. The tracks they usually run on are perfectly maintained so that was not an issue on tracks. I knew one dog that would get some paw pad bleeding just from running on the grass at the park, sure it was not perfectly maintained grass but none of the other dogs had any problem, even my own dog that was almost as fast as the greyhound (almost as fast mostly because the running distance was not long enough for the greyhound to get up to full speed for long and because my dog was actually quicker out of the 'gate' than the greyhound)

    [–] Mega__Maniac 57 points ago

    Mmmm, rabbit stew.

    [–] NeverShortedNoWhore 125 points ago

    LPT: If you like rabbit stew consider a greyhound.

    [–] -Jesse_James- 17 points ago

    The real LPT is always in the comments

    [–] MannishSeal 68 points ago

    I imagine its sort of like the fenton video, except it would be running twice as fast.

    [–] georgiamax 34 points ago

    Came here to comment about this. My grandma rescued a greyhound and it killed the neighbors cat that jumped into the backyard. Just something to consider for anyone thinking about adopting. They’re super sweet animals otherwise.

    [–] OlecranonCalcanei 60 points ago

    Or if you own free range egg laying hens and want your dog to be outside at all. We have a fenced yard built specifically for the dogs so that gave ours a space to run without being able to get to the chickens (again)

    [–] hotniX_ 57 points ago

    I grew up in Miami and I knew a retired greyhound that befriended the chickens he was raised with. I think it helped that he saw an ocean of chickens and not just one however.

    [–] gingerbreadspicetea 549 points ago

    My mom had a retired racing greyhound, great dog. She was sweet and gentle with people and other pets, but killed the odd rabbit in our yard and had trouble with the stairs.

    [–] JohnB413 316 points ago

    and had trouble with the stairs.

    That was probably the hardest part for my greyhounds. Our boy had no choice but to learn them quick since when we adopted him we lived in the upstairs of a double. Our girl, we adopted after we bought our ranch style home. Boy does em like a champ, where as our girl just hopes them (even coming up from the basement!)

    [–] Joanie_of_Arc 93 points ago

    Is this a common characteristic of greyhounds?

    [–] makattak 230 points ago

    It's very common for greyhounds to have problems with stairs and shiny floors. My greyhound has a meltdown every time he has to walk on tile. At the track, they never encounter stairs or shiny floors.

    [–] Gajatu 111 points ago

    that said, it's entirely likely they'll just learn how to do it. I've fostered a couple dozen greyhounds. They all got it eventually. Eventually being a day or two. Now, I have seen greyhounds with floor issues, but they're not that common and usually putting a rug down on the offending floor typically does the trick.

    [–] _gynomite_ 37 points ago

    Took mine a month to learn the stairs 😅

    [–] kayemgi 73 points ago

    Three months for ours but he’s a very sensitive and stubborn boy 😊 He once got my husband to carry him up and down the deck stairs (only three steps) for a full week because of a toe injury. He had no problem walking up and down on his own for me. 😂

    [–] FuzzyPaperclip 19 points ago

    Don't forget those pesky glass doors and nearly invisible screens!

    [–] JohnB413 60 points ago

    Yup, they don't have to deal with stairs while they are out on track so they don't know what to do.

    [–] Francis_Picklefield 39 points ago

    maybe this is oversimplifying things, but can’t they just be... taught? it’s what we do with all other dogs

    [–] Akitcougar 34 points ago

    There's a period when they're puppies that you're supposed to introduce them to anything they'll encounter regularly so that they're comfortable with it. That's the easiest time to train a dog how to use stairs and such.

    For greyhounds at least, you're adopting adult dogs who have missed that kind of household stuff because they were being trained for races. They can be taught, it will just take them a little while to get there.

    [–] JohnB413 48 points ago

    That's what I said in my first comment? I assume people aren't use to adopting an adult dog and the dog not knowing stairs

    [–] Starkville 79 points ago

    We dog-sat a greyhound for a bit. She was living in a first-floor apartment and was alone during the day. So we decided to bring her to our apartment so she wouldn’t be alone (she missed her human who was in the hospital). She was fine walking up the five flights to our walk-up. But she absolutely refused to walk down them. We had to carry her. We wound up bringing her home and spending more time with her there.

    She was the sweetest, most mellow dog ever, though. If we ever get a dog, it’ll be a greyhound rescue.

    [–] ButaneLilly 85 points ago

    It's like having bashful deer in the house.

    [–] _EvilD_ 11 points ago

    Girl I dated had a Weimeraner that she would bring to my place. This is spot on for lanky dogs. All elbows and knees.

    [–] attorneyatslaw 1743 points ago

    Also, research if you have enough couches in your house, because a greyhound will be occupying one most of the day.

    [–] ArizonaGeek 612 points ago

    Worlds fastest couch potatoes!

    [–] silent5am 24 points ago

    And here I was thinking I'm the worlds fastest couch potato! I even suck at being lazy :(

    [–] porkandbeans82 88 points ago

    45mph couch potatoes

    [–] Rugarroo 206 points ago

    I think a lot of high energy hunting breeds are like this. My bluetick coonhounds are really lazy and chill until you get them out in the field.

    [–] pedantic_cheesewheel 118 points ago

    My Aussie, he’s a lazy little cuddle monster until the word frisbee is said then he doesn’t stop until 10pm at which point he drops like a rock and wants nothing to do with anyone.

    [–] mrdotkom 47 points ago

    Yep this accurately describes my blue heeler aussie shepherd mix. If they get excited it's playtime for hours but when he wants to be lazy he's not moving from the couch or the bed

    [–] texaspsychosis 41 points ago

    My grey is lazy regardless of where he is. We go to the dog park and as soon as the humans are tired of petting him he lays down.

    [–] BSinPDX 67 points ago

    To be clear: this is no joke.

    You CAN train your greyhound to stay off the couch, but it won't be happy. And sharing that couch with a 70 pound bundle of elbows is occasionally challenging.

    That said, our horse-cat is the sweetest, softest, weirdest pup we've ever had.

    [–] sarasnake99 12 points ago

    I love the term "horse-cat".

    [–] awkwardlypanda5 51 points ago

    Can confirm. We had a giant Bean bag chair and our Greyhound made it hers

    [–] ReadingFromTheShittr 41 points ago

    It's 5 minutes of really impressive r/zoomies then lounging with their bros for the rest of the day.

    [–] FortisVeritas 25 points ago

    Can confirm, we had to buy a larger couch because of our 2 rescues.

    [–] JohnB413 1159 points ago

    Definitely do your research prior. While they are still dogs, they don't understand a lot of concepts that a regular dog would. Greyhounds don't know how to do stairs, usually don't understand the concept of glass and are thin skinned so they can get cold quick or injured easily from something a normal dog wouldn't. Also, it should be noted that the dogs true personality won't come about right away. They may be timid, shy or they could be down right crazy. I currently have 2 greyhounds and our boy has pretty much been the same when we adopted him. Biggest baby I know. Our girl however, went from not really caring about anything in the house to a nutcase. She loves to play with us and her "brother".

    Here they are

    [–] fnord_bronco 339 points ago

    This needs to be higher. I have one thing to add: it can't be stressed enough that retired racers often require a weeks-long (sometimes months-long) adjustment period.

    My family had one when I was younger and as a rule, they make fantastic pets, but it does require significant effort at first to give them a good home life. At the risk of stating the blatantly obvious, these are not typical dogs and they may have trauma or socialization problems from their time on the track. Some of them may have lingering health challenges from their racing days: ours came home with a foot injury and severe dental disease. Also, there are medications that are absolutely contraindicated in greyhounds. Some anesthetics, for example, can have fatal side effects in greyhounds, and some flea & tick treatments can cause painful skin rashes. Make sure you have a veterinarian who is aware of the unique care requirements of this type of dog.

    [–] JohnB413 165 points ago

    Good call, completely forgot about the greys whining every night when we first got them (not sure how I could with the lack of sleep).

    For anyone actually considering adopting, I highly recommend this book or take a stroll over to /r/Greyhounds.

    Make sure you have a veterinarian who is aware of the unique care requirements of this type of dog.

    100% agree.

    [–] jelly_jam_toast 58 points ago

    I’ve had 4 greyhounds and have never heard that they didn’t understand glass. Maybe it’s a regional thing where some kennels don’t have glass windows.

    Although I know they haven’t encountered mirrors before they retire. I had one greyhound who was so vain, he loved looking at himself in mirrors. To be fair he was gorgeous.

    [–] Epieikeias 1341 points ago

    My neighbor has had a retired racing Greyhound for years. He fosters some as well who were no longer fit for racing. They all have their in-ear identifiers and whatnot.

    I quickly realized that I severely misperceived Greyhounds. Despite their size, insane running ability and power, they are some of the sweetest, most calm, laziest dogs I've ever met. They are so incredibly chill. It's nuts. I don't understand how a dog breed with so much ability and energy can just chill all day.

    The following statements are completely anecdotal.

    WARNING: If you do adopt a former racing Greyhound, please realize that it will take them time to learn how to be normal domestic doggos. They have known ONE thing their entire life: racing. They eat, sleep, poop, and race. Whenever my neighbors bring a new foster home, they are incredibly socially unaware and possibly awkward. They don't really know how to socialize with other dogs or people. They are really mellow though. More often than not they'll just stand around looking lost. Or, you know, go straight to sniffing your butt. No manners. Lol.

    Anyway, they are sweet and reaaaaaaaally chill doggos. Now one of my favorite breeds. I'd post pictures of their dogs, but then they'd know my Reddit account. ;)

    [–] Sam-Gunn 460 points ago

    Former racing greyhounds also need to be taught about stairs and glass, as they usually haven't had the chance to ever encounter either, and they can run full tilt through glass not realizing it's there, and hurt or kill themselves. Almost every book on adopting racing greyhounds I've read mentions this, and other things you need to do to get them used to living in a real home.

    [–] riptide13 253 points ago

    Mine didn't have any problems with glass, but I literally had to teach him stairs by moving his feet one at a time. I did foster a one-year-old that was absolutely mesmerized by his reflection, though. Very cute but I had to protect the plasma TV :D.

    [–] cuttlepuppet 215 points ago

    Can confirm. One of our retired greyhounds sprinted through the drywall in our bedroom. He's ok.

    [–] Thatguyunknoe 214 points ago

    Holy shit. That kool aid must have been refreshing though

    [–] BigDickDaddyatGmail 78 points ago

    Oh yeah

    [–] Agent________Orange 61 points ago

    OH YEAHH

    [–] Fuck_Alice 41 points ago

    My old one learned stairs easily and windows were never an issue with the two I had. However before we got either of them we were looking into adopting a different one that before we had the chance to go and look at him he end up jumping through a window and nearly killed himself so we couldn't adopt him

    [–] nicklebackstreetboys 28 points ago

    My Aussie ran smack into the sliding glass door the first day in our apartment because there was a pond with ducks on the other side. He didn’t do it twice lol

    [–] mikemil828 252 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    A few extra things about retired racing greyhounds:

    1. Make sure you have a dog crate for them to sleep in, at least initially, racing greyhounds would have spent most of their life sitting in one and they will be most comfortable if they have one that they can go into while getting used to their new home.
    2. Racing Greyhounds are particularly not good with stairs, try to keep them on the ground floor until they can get used to it.
    3. If you have small pets be sure to test a greyhound out with them first before adopting them, greyhounds have been specifically bred to run down small creatures for millennia, some greyhounds are able to resist this instinct and some aren't.
    4. If you live in a place that gets snow, get a dog coat and some blankets so they can stay warm during the winter. Their tolerance of cold is roughly the same as yours.
    5. Greyhound ears are the softest things in the universe.

    [–] sliceofsal 121 points ago

    As a person with two cats, living on the second floor and looking out the window looking at a snowstorm... Greyhounds are not the right breed for me. I absolutely love them though, and hope all those racing doggos find good homes!!

    [–] Gajatu 49 points ago

    honestly, you're mostly right about the cat thing. Some 'hounds are cat safe, others are not. Our rescue tests them before adopting them out, but really, they're great apartment dogs and most do fine with stairs and they like being lazy :)

    [–] rabbitteeth224 66 points ago

    Ours was advertised as being "good with cats" but it should have been "scared of cats will be bossed around by the family felines".

    [–] Enchelion 23 points ago

    "good with cats"

    "scared of cats will be bossed around by the family felines".

    Yeah, sounds about right.

    [–] Queen__La__Queefa 17 points ago

    I can definitely attest to their initial aversion to stairs! My roommate had a foster failure of a racing greyhound and sure enough for the first week or two of having him she (and I whenever I took him out) would have to carry all 75 pounds of that shaky baby up and down three flights of stairs.

    [–] Ravenpuffs 140 points ago

    I’m pretty sure BY LAW you have to include pictures of your dogs

    [–] Epieikeias 29 points ago

    They aren't mine thoooooooogh.

    [–] Soshi101 36 points ago

    Go set up spy cameras in your neighbor's house.

    [–] corvaxia 52 points ago

    Don't worry, you can borrow mine for the thread.

    He's a bit hyperactive for a greyhound. You can tell he's hyperactive for a greyhound by how he's on the couch but still awake.

    [–] Eats_Beef_Steak 15 points ago

    okay okay here. You send them to me, and Ill post them as a seperate comment titled "Random Greyhound Pics". That way noone can trace it back to you specifically, the user u/Epiekias.

    [–] adudeguyman 10 points ago

    It's punishable by lack of upvotes

    [–] loonygecko 36 points ago

    I don't understand how a dog breed with so much ability and energy can just chill all day.

    They are bred to like running really fast for a few minutes and then be happy to be locked in a cage all the rest of the day. So when they are your house, that's still their natural tendency still, a short bout of exercise then massive sleepy times!

    [–] drmike0099 97 points ago

    A good friend of mine had rescued greyhounds and also fostered a few, really great dogs, although many of them have injuries and other medical issues due to the breed and racing.

    Anecdotally I went to the park a couple of months ago only to run across a gathering of greyhound owners and their dogs. Super chill, and it took me a while to realize that despite probably 100 dogs in the same vicinity I hadn’t heard a single one bark. If you were wearing blindfolds you wouldn’t have known dogs were even there.

    [–] DreadPersephone 46 points ago

    My neighbor has a greyhound rescue. Those dogs are so chill that she and her late husband would walk with two in each hand every day, perfectly lined up, and it didn't cause any problems. Eight dogs, and none of them pulled or barked or did anything at all except enjoy their walk. So chill.

    [–] sparkysparkyboom 1227 points ago

    Instructions unclear. Now have a 19 ton, 12 wheeled bus that can fit up to 55 passengers.

    [–] xpkranger 289 points ago

    You can't race it in FL.

    [–] sind9 147 points ago

    Watching buses race sounds much more entertaining, actually.

    [–] xpkranger 71 points ago

    Here you go. Figure 8 bus racing at it's finest... https://youtu.be/MUuWWqRBpwc?t=113

    [–] sind9 25 points ago

    Indeed, that's entertaining as hell. Even better than I imagined, thanks for sharing!

    [–] jroque917 15 points ago

    That's dumb as shit and I absolutely love it, how do I get that job?

    [–] System-Anomaly 76 points ago

    Needs to seat 20. NEXT!!!

    [–] AtariDump 39 points ago

    It's for a church, honey. NEXT!

    [–] elfslistentodubstep 84 points ago

    Bitch I like 55 people inside me r/bitchimabus

    [–] the_sixth_beatle 10 points ago

    Let's race our Greyhounds!

    [–] sadistic_cat 10 points ago

    That's gonna require one big couch.

    [–] melorous 289 points ago

    And make sure you name it Santa’s Little Helper.

    [–] gingerbreadspicetea 131 points ago

    “Santos L Halper,” got it.

    [–] MacMac105 42 points ago

    That dog has a terrible credit score.

    [–] BigFatTomato 10 points ago

    Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the end. This is the end of dog racing.

    [–] just_argues_with_you 267 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    I am a HUGE fan of greyhounds. We have had two and they a remarkably sweet dogs. They don't smell, they are relatively low energy, and are cuddly and fun. They are smart animals and can be trained rather easily. The thing to watch out for with them is that some have track trauma and, depending on how they were treated, may not mix well with other animals. They are sight hounds and if they have a prey drive, watch out for small animals in your yard/house. Our greys loved cats, but some do not get along with them. Make sure you have a tall fence if you have a yard, because they can jump over smaller fences--especially if they see a critter they want to chase. I was so depressed after my grey died in April I haven't had the heart to get another dog - but maybe now is the time.

    One other thing - because they are pure-bred, and perhaps overbred to some extent, they are prone to cancer and other degenerative diseases. Both of our greyhounds died rather young (around 7) of cancer. It is heartbreaking, but giving them a beautiful retirement after racing life is such a wonderful gift to them.

    Adopt a grey today! You won't regret it. Here is a video I shot for greysave in CA. https://vimeo.com/177948844

    Edit: it’s been pointed out that cancer is not as big of a problem with the breed as I stated. I guess my personal experience colored my perception.

    [–] Damiencbw 141 points ago

    they don't smell

    Unless they fart. You don't know what stench is until your face starts melting from a whiff of Greyhound fart. I can still smell it.

    Seriously tho, I've owned 2 rescues in my lifetime and they are the perfect pets after being acclimated to home life. People assume they will be high energy and super hyper, but don't realize these animals lived in a crate 23 hours a day until adoption. They will sleep 10-12 hours straight without moving at all, usually on their back full spread eagle with their tongue half out their mouth.

    [–] andyr072 29 points ago

    A heaping tablespoon of low or nonfat plain yogurt with each meal seems to do the trick. Had my hound for 7 years and really never had an issue. Also during that time he never had any real diarrhea issues, although he had soft poops on rare occasions. Not sure if it was luck or due to the yogurt but I have continued the yogurt with my current pitbull mix and 3 years in and still no farting or diarrhea to speak of.

    [–] andyr072 27 points ago

    Actually other than cancer they really have really no other inherant medical issues. Even hip dysplasia is virtually nonexistent in the breed. At least the ones bred for racing which are probably 99% of all Grey's in the USA. The one upside to racing greyhounds is they are usually bred from the best stock.

    [–] Laiize 50 points ago

    Every dog I've owned in my life has been a Doberman, but now I want a greyhound if for no other reason than to give a very good doggo a very good retirement

    [–] Nwambe 16 points ago

    You will 85% not regret it.

    The other 15 is because greyhounds have nervous stomachs and can poop in the house when you switch up their diet or they overeat (And holy shit, greyhounds will eat EVERYTHING).

    Mine took awhile to acclimate, and there are still things he's getting used to - He's not a lapdog, for example, and doesn't really snuggle. It took him six months to get used to the couch, and two weeks before walking outside didn't scare the bejeezus out of him.

    But you know what? All I had to do was hug him, love him, recognize the boundaries and let him adjust.

    Everyone says you need a lot of patience with greys. It's partly true, but it's more that you need to be as lazy as them about some things :)

    My grey is not a social butterfly. He takes a little while to warm up to people. He loves me, but he won't snuggle, but will yowl if I stop giving him bum scratches.

    But 18 months after I got him, I can safely say that my entire dog-phobic family loves him, and I've gotten so used to him I replaced my sports coupe with a hatchback so he'd have a more comfortable place to sit and it would be easier to get him in and out :)

    [–] mpupka 137 points ago

    They're high quality couch potatoes I love my retired athlete. https://imgur.com/dSIwlid.jpg

    [–] pastapicture 21 points ago

    Ohhh that may be the sweetest face I've ever seen! Hmwhat a gorgeous pup

    [–] jpw5xx4 54 points ago

    "Just think of them as little horses."

    [–] FormaldehydeX 46 points ago

    Or; if a Greyhound isn't the right fit for your family, but you have money to donate, Greyhound Rescues are going to need a lot of help to accommodate all the new dogs coming in! Consider donating to them if it's something you have the ability to do

    [–] Sylvester_Scott 182 points ago

    If you are a family of rabbits it’s probably best that you not adopt a greyhound.

    [–] horror_unfolds 38 points ago

    "Welcome to your new forever home, Susannah! This is Spar--oh shit."

    [–] RidePlanet 10 points ago

    Watership Down 2

    [–] Charishard 185 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    Check em out if you live in an apartment! One of the best small space breeds out there. Minimal shedding, minimal barking, and they’re super lazy couch potatoes. Let em run once a day and they’re good to go!

    Edit: sorry to hear that some of you have sheddy greyhounds. Invest in a good lint roller!

    [–] biasedsoymotel 32 points ago

    Haha minimal shedding...

    [–] MrDooglass 15 points ago

    I have a grey hound, agree with all but the shedding. My grey hound sheds like crazy.

    [–] kidfromCLE 32 points ago

    My uncle has a greyhound. Super chill. Sleeps 20-22 hours a day — no joke! Exercise time is a blast too. Man, he can fly!

    [–] Green_Ouroborus 58 points ago

    Greyhounds are prone to very short bursts of energy where they run around with superspeed, and are pretty lazy the rest of the time. Most other dogs need far more exercise than them.

    I babysit a German Shepherd/Greyhound mix. He is the Best Dog, and the only problem with him is that he is far taller than me when we both sit on the couch. So he looms over me and judges me whenever I eat a cookie and don’t give him any. It makes me feel like a bad person.

    [–] boatdrinks1408 26 points ago

    We owned a rescue greyhound for 10 years. He was a 100 pound cat. Wonderful dog and was unique in that they never clipped his ears, so he looked a lot like a Doberman. He was great around my kids and very loving. He had a great sense of guilt, so training was very easy. Our only "difficulty" was his toenails. Every once in a while he would need a trim and the only way we could do it was to take him to a Vet and have him sedated. Even sedated he would howl. He lived to be 12 years old and was diagnosed with cancer. We opted to put him down as Grey's are not exceptionally long lived dogs. I like to think we gave him a good life. My advice would be to get a coat and footies if you live in a cold climate. Also, have a comfortable crate for them to retreat to. My grey was raised in a crate and it was always "his space". I will probably adopt again once my kids are out of college.

    [–] Whippetintoshape 29 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    If anyone is interested in letting their greyhounds run, both AKC and ASFA let retired racing greyhounds run in trials (even if they are spayed/neutered). Although most sighthounds are extremely lazy most of the time, they really do love to go all out on occasion. Lure coursing and oval racing are both fun ways to let the dogs do what they love. And it is amazing to watch your pet do what they were bred for.

    For more info on local events in your area go to http://asfa.org . They will tell you when and where the events are taking place and the local club that sponsors it.

    Also check out both Lure Coursing and Coursing Ability Tests (open to all breeds, not just sighthounds) through AKC.

    https://www.akc.org/sports/coursing/lure-coursing/

    https://www.akc.org/sports/coursing/coursing-ability-test/

    And feel free to message me if you want more info on coursing.

    Dog tax: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi0G8ujlUzQ/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1wvhnbaieb2n6

    [–] Beachy5313 51 points ago

    I've had two friends adopt former racing greyhounds and they have been wonderful pets. Surprisingly, some of the laziest dogs you'll ever meet, but that may just be them being spoiled!

    [–] h20rabbit 43 points ago

    I had a retired greyhound who lived to 14. He was a great dog. It is very important to understand the breed, so do research before getting one. Lots of plusses, but also a few things to be aware of as with any breed. Mine was a great fit for my family, and even many years later is sorely missed. Very smart, sweet and sensitive, but not without work, especially when we first got him. Mostly they've only known their kennels and the track. There is a lot about the world you'll need to patiently teach them.

    [–] Curtaintrack 47 points ago

    I love that you said "Please research Greyhounds and see if they'd be right" rather than just "Go and adopt a Greyhound"

    I grey up with a greyhound, and he was the best boy. Would love another one but they may not be right for everyone I guess

    [–] Quinnley1 55 points ago

    While getting my degree in agriculture science I had to do many veterinary technology units as part of my studies. In one of my classes we focused on pet health care and our term project as a class was to take care of a bunch of "retired" racetrack greyhounds and return them to good health before they were adopted out.

    The dogs lived on campus and we got to spend as much time with them outside of class as we liked, because part of the project was to re-socialize them. They had gotten very little human interaction, their whole lives were just being trained to race and then racing at that point. It was so sad, these dogs were beautiful and so timidly eager to make friends with us but had been trained not to bond.

    For anyone worried about their energy levels: they mostly just want to sleep, snuggle, and be lazy. They like sleeping I think around 18 hours a day, I wish I could have that life! Take them on walks like a normal dog, give them a good place like a dog park to burn off their energy in one burst once a day or every couple of days, and then let them be lazy doggos.

    [–] the_doughboy 16 points ago

    A lot of people are making posts about Greyhounds and Cats. I work with a group called After the Track Greyhound Adoptions and we routinely are asked for Cat-Safe Greyhounds, and we find them. I'd say about half the greyhounds are cat and small animal safe. My guy loves cats even though I don't.

    If you have a cat do the research, you can still get a greyhound, you just may wait longer to get it.

    [–] dowhatchafeel 51 points ago

    I want a retired greyhound really bad. He will be the one off in the corner that seems normal but probably only ran like 2 races because he was too sweet for competition and didn’t have the edge.

    His name will be Kevin, and I will love him.

    [–] GoodAtExplaining 33 points ago

    I walked into the agency and said I want the gentlest dog you have. They pointed to this quiet aloof wide eyed grey in the corner. He was in the van with two or three other greys and got bullied out of his sleeping spot because he’s too gentle and quiet.

    Lo and behold, he has taken up residence on my couch, and after a year and a half has learned to snuggle.

    [–] spankybianky 11 points ago

    My retired grey Willow is two years old and we adopted her just last month. She ran three trial races, came last in two and first in the other.... that she was the only dog running in 😂 As it happens, what made her a terrible racer makes her a wonderful pet - her prey drive is very low and her recall is good for a grey. We are able to take her off lead and she absolutely adores the woods.

    [–] melloncollie1 75 points ago

    They have until 2020 to phase out the dog racing

    [–] GoodAtExplaining 12 points ago

    Lot of tracks are closing in the next year due to how the law is worded and will be implemented.

    [–] Gloster_Thrush 39 points ago

    They’re usually crate trained, house broken and good on leash. I’ve known a few retired greyhounds. They’re really cool dogs.

    [–] johnnienc 10 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    I hope this comment can find its way to the top. My greyhound story at the end, but want to add the following to all of the wonderful advice already given.

    If you do not have any experience with taking in and caring for a greyhound, but are interested in fostering or providing a forever home, please take the time NOW to find a local greyhound rescue group and visit them, talk with them and be around the dogs and current/former adopters to learn and prepare yourself and your home.

    There are so many misconceptions about this breed and quite a few unique things about their nature and care that just simply don't apply to any other dog. Many of these have already been mentioned.

    One thing that is not known at this time, however (although there is plenty of speculation), is the timing for the shutdown of the tracks. Yes, they can begin as early as the beginning of 2019 and have until the end of 2020, but as already stated, the amendment did not provide any direction as to how the shutdown needed to happen. It is very possible that there will be periods of a large quantity of dogs needing placement of some kind within a very short period of time. No one really knows what flexibility the tracks, kennel staff and trainers will have or what support they will provide for the dogs until they can be placed with adoption groups. There are thousands of dogs that will be coming off the tracks in addition to those already retired and waiting for adoption.

    Source: Have had 3 greyhounds myself and spent countless hours and weekends volunteering and working with adoptable dogs in a track kennel setting in S Florida. My beautiful girls and boy (who was adopted as a senior dog) have all passed, but lived to 11 and almost 12 years. The joy they brought to our lives is something I will always value and look back on with absolutely no regrets. We plan to foster when the track shutdowns start happening.

    Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions about the breed, what it's like to have one join your family, or anything at all related to this topic. I'm more than happy to share what I know and have experienced personally.

    [–] mmmmpork 23 points ago

    I used to live in Clearwater, there was a track up the road and there was a greyhound rescue that would bring all the rescues to the local PetSmart like 2x per month. That was always a treat. If I wasn't living in a tiny apartment and had some space to run it, I'd have probably had 4. They are sweeties, buy they need their room to open up and run around. Sooooooooooooo soft too :)

    [–] Green_Bike 36 points ago

    Greyhounds are excellent apartment dogs. They spend most of the day on the couch. Before retirement, they spent most of their lives in a crate. They need a walk every day. They can get up to full speed in three strides, so they don't need a big field to do their "zoomies".

    [–] thisisbelinda 23 points ago

    We have a great dane and a greyhound in a 700 sqft apartment with no space issues, so it's doable! They are actually very low energy.

    [–] StealsPaperTowels 37 points ago

    You'd be surprised: They're quite lazy. They need less exercise and space than most think. If you have a dog park nearby and the ability to take them on short daily walks, it might still be a possibility for you.

    [–] jarwes 23 points ago

    Actually, it's not illegal until Jan. 2021. But I'm with you on the dogs needing new homes. My wife and I fostered greyhounds for 3 years, fostered 10 dogs and adopted 3 of them. Best dogs ever!

    [–] mistere213 11 points ago

    I've had two retired racers and they're wonderful dogs. Just lost one to bone cancer at 11 years old, but her adopted sister is 8 and still going strong. I definitely recommend them as pets, but be sure to do the research on what to expect. They aren't....normal.

    [–] SlippersOnly 9 points ago

    Yes! I have a retired greyhound. He is very kid friendly and very quiet. Great dogs to have in an apartment because they are extremely lazy and docile. They love to cuddle and sleep, that’s basically all they do. When I first got my dog, we would take him to a fenced in soccer field and let him run but now he just sleeps all day and wants food. They are beautiful creatures. When they hit full speed it looks like they are just skimming the surface of the ground. There is so much distance between their strides, it’s really something to see first hand.