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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Greyhounds are fiercely intelligent, gentle and adaptable. Greyhounds come in all colours: black, white, red, blue, fawn, fallow, brindle or any of these colours blended with white. Their coat is short and smooth, with a good, complete diet their coat becomes shiny, easy to manage, minimal bathing, and does not require clipping

Are Greyhound high-energy pets?

We’ll happily bust the myth that greyhounds are high-energy, high-exercise dogs. They can often sleep for up to 20 hours a day, give or take depending on their energy levels and age. And despite their size, greyhounds can live in smaller houses and some greyhounds even suit apartment-style living.  Whilst they’re short-burst sprinters on the race-track, they often only need a daily walk of 30 minute (or less).

Can Greyhounds live with small or pocket pets?  

Greyhounds are sight-hounds, whose natural prey is the hare. Greyhounds are taught to chase as racing dogs, some Greyhounds have too strong an instinct to chase or ‘prey drive’ to live with small animals. However, many Greyhounds are able to live in harmony with small, furry animals. We have rehomed many Greyhounds, including ex-racers, to homes with small dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, pet rats, guinea pigs and even rabbits. Dogs with a low prey drive, or non-chasers, or those that have successfully ‘let-down’ in their retraining can live happily with other animals. At Greyhound Rescue Victoria, all of our dogs are behavioural and tolerant assessed.

Do Greyhounds require a large backyard? 

This is usually dependent on the needs of the Greyhound. Usually a small backyard suffices and a daily walk to keep the noggin stimulated. We will match you with a hound who is able to live in a smaller space, doesn’t mind a smaller backyard, courtyard or balcony, or a dog who absolutely must have a big backyard to blow off steam for 10 minutes or so, before another giant nap.

What’s the lifespan of a Greyhound? 

Greyhound’s usually live until they’re 12-14 years old.

Are Greyhounds good with kids? 

Most Greyhounds are also fantastic with children, due to their soft and sweet nature they are often patient with even the most tiny and persistent dog lovers! If you have children, we endeavour to match you a hound that enjoys the company of children. 

Greyhounds and the Law
Do Greyhounds have to be muzzled in public? 

There is a free program in Victoria which allows pet Greyhounds to become muzzle free. All Greyhounds rehomed through Greyhound Rescue Victoria are supplied with a wire muzzle. You can find out more about this law over at Greyhound Equality Society.

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The Adoption Process
How do I meet a Greyhound to adopt? 

The first step in the adoption process is to provide us with your contact details and information via our online Expression of Interest form. You may view the dogs currently awaiting adoption.

The EOI and backyard photos in lieu of a home check will help us to ascertain which of our Greyhounds may be suitable for your situation and whether your home is appropriate and safe for the dog. Sometimes a house-check will be conducted if we’re unable to see clearly, or we’re rehoming a puppy. We will book you in for a meet and greet at HQ in Carrum Downs at a time that is mutually beneficially for you, your family and the volunteer conducting the meet and greet. You may be asked to bring along a resident dog for the meet and greet.

How do I know that my home is right for my Greyhound? 

All adoptions have a two (2) week trial period, in which the Greyhound is given time to settle into the home, get to know other pets and members of the household, become accustomed to the routines and lifestyle and ensure the situation is right for the hound and everyone involved. We like to know that every adoption is going to be successful and much of this depends on the blending of personalities and temperaments of other pets. The trial period can be extended in some circumstances.

We do try to provide guidance regarding the suitability of our available dogs for each rehoming situation. However, we do understand that there are rare cases where it does not work out, and our adoption policy is that in the event that any Greyhound rehomed by Greyhound Rescue Victoria cannot stay in its adoptive home or circumstances require the rehoming of the dog, even if it is years later, the Greyhound must be returned or surrendered back to Greyhound Rescue Victoria.

If it isn’t working out, the greyhound can be returned to us — pending the return of all paperwork and the dog, a refund of 80% of your adoption fee will be returned.

What does Adoption cost? 

The adoption fee is $265. We provide a plain martingale collar, lead, wire muzzle and warm winter coat with every adopted Greyhound. Inclusive is microchip transfer and ongoing support and advice.All Greyhounds at Greyhound Rescue Victoria are desexed, C5 vaccinated, microchipped, and on regular treatment for heart worm, intestinal worms and flea/tick prevention. Click here to find out more about the adoption process.