Frequently Asked Questions About Greyhound Adoption

Tell me more about Greyhounds

Greyhounds placed are usually between 2 and 5 1/2 years old. These retired racers are very intelligent and adoptable dogs, who fit easily into their new home environment following a brief adjustment period. They are eager to please and respond positively to any attention given them.

The majority of the greyhounds are quiet, clean, gentle, good-natured dogs who adapt and get along well with other animals and people. They seem grateful for their new homes and reward their new owners with never-ending affection.

Greyhounds do not require a great deal of space to run, as many people think, but they do need exercise. Inside the house, they enjoy curling up in the corner on a soft bed.

Greyhound males stand 26 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 65 and 85 pounds.

Females stand 23 to 26 inches at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 70 pounds.

They come in many colors: black, white, several shades of brindle, fawn, red, or a combination of these colors. Many people assume these dogs are “grey” when, in fact, blue is the least common color of a greyhound. Greyhounds’ coats are short and sleek, so they stay clean for long periods of time between baths. While frequent bathing is unnecessary, these dogs do seem to enjoy (understatement) the occasional brushing with a hound glove.

“Greyt” greyhound literature

There are excellent books with additional information to help you decide if a greyhound is the right choice for you. We recommend reading:

  • Adopting The Retired Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Branigan
  • Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies by Lee Livingood
  • Greyhounds by Carolyn Coille
  • Childproofing Your Dog by Brian Kilcommon

What is the Procedure for Adopting a Greyhound from Steel City Greyhounds?

  • Complete and submit the online application to Steel City Greyhounds.
  • Once the application is reviewed, you will be interviewed by phone.
  • Following approval for adoption, you will have to obtain the necessary adoption “equipment”.
  • A visitation with the available greyhounds will be scheduled by a SCG adoption representative.
    • VISITATION OF GREYHOUNDS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Please Note: The professional staff at the boarding kennel are NOT Steel City Greyhounds’ volunteers and therefore cannot accommodate unscheduled visits.   PLEASE RESPECT THIS POLICY.

template_header_right6What is the Benefit of Fostering Greyhounds in an Adoption Kennel?

All of the retired greyhounds come to (the) Steel City Greyhounds adoption kennel from racing kennels, making the initial transition from racetrack to retirement relatively stress-free.

Each greyhound resides in the adoption kennel until it is placed in a home for the first time. This eliminates the need for the greyhound to adjust to multiple changes in environments required when moving from a foster home to a permanent home, or to another foster home. Greyhounds are born and raised in kennels and thrive in the kennel environment.

How Long is the Adoption Process at Steel City Greyhounds?

In general, after an adoption application is received, it is processed within a week. Availability of greyhounds for adoption varies depending on when they are released by racetracks. Usually, there are a small number of greyhounds available for adoption at any given time.

Contact SCG for additional information and with questions concerning adoptions.

What is the Life Expectancy of a Greyhound?

These purebred athletes enjoy many years of good health. With proper care, they have a life expectancy of about 10-12 years or more.

How Much Does it Cost to Adopt and Care for a Greyhound?

A $250 adoption fee helps defray the expenses incurred on behalf of the dog including spay/neuter procedure, vaccinations, dental cleaning, medical testing, etc.

Caring for a greyhound costs on average between $800 and $1000 per year including food, treats, toys and routine medical maintenance like dental cleanings and vaccinations.

Do Greyhounds Need a Lot of Exercise?

Greyhounds are the fastest breed of dog, but they are sprinters without a lot of endurance. A retired racer is quite content to be a “couch potato” and spend most of the day sleeping.

Exercising with walks and occasional opportunities to run around in a fenced area is all that’s required. Greyhounds can never be trusted off-lead in an unfenced area!

Are Retired Racing Greyhounds Already Housebroken?

While racing, greyhounds are “kennel broken,” which means they are trained not to relieve themselves in their living area. They are clean dogs by nature and would prefer to relieve themselves outdoors when given a choice.

These two factors, combined with specific advice from a trained representative at the time of adoption, lead to an easy transition into life as a house pet.

What Kind of Grooming do Greyhounds Require?

Greyhounds’ coats are short and sleek, so they stay clean for long periods of time between baths. While frequent bathing is unnecessary, these dogs do seem to enjoy (understatement) the occasional brushing with a hound glove.

How are Greyhounds with Kids?

Greyhounds are a calm breed who prefer a quiet environment. They typically do not frolic for long periods of time and as with any breed, have limitations with their tolerance with young children.

SCG enforces the following requirements “IF YOU HAVE A CHILD OR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHT.”

  • Along with reading one of our recommended books about adopting a retired racing greyhound, SCG requires that you read “Childproofing Your Dog” by Brian Kilcommons.
  • Families must have a fenced in yard if they have a child or children under the age of eight.
  • Every family who has a child or children under the age of eight will go through a secondary screening and a home visit.

How are They with Other Pets?

Greyhounds are friendly by nature and socialize well with most family pets as a result of encounters with other greyhounds in the racing kennel.

Even cats and small dogs can be accepted as family members. SCG has successfully placed hundreds of greyhounds with happy owners who also have cats and small dogs. We get to know each and every dog as an individual and do our best to match the dog’s personality to an ideal home environment.

*Supervision is always recommended when greyhounds and small pets are interacting.

What Kinds of Pets do Retired Racing Greyhounds Make?

Greyhounds are affectionate, friendly dogs who thrive on attention and human companionship. They make terrific pets!

Raised with their littermates where they competed for affection, greyhounds love becoming the center of attention as household pets. Greyhounds usually do not make good watchdogs.