Are Greyhounds Good With Kids? The Pros and Cons Say "Yes"

Discover the pros and cons of having a greyhound as a kid-friendly dog and why these gentle, loyal, and low-maintenance dogs are worth considering.

Are Greyhounds Good With Kids? The Pros and Cons Say "Yes"
Despite some health and behavioral challenges, learn why greyhounds are good kid-friendly dogs.

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I’ve always loved dogs, but I never thought I would own a greyhound. They seemed too tall, too fast, and too delicate for my lifestyle. But when my neighbor adopted Grace, a retired racing greyhound who needed a home, I couldn't help but be impressed by her gentle demeanor, affectionate nature, and easy-going personality. She turned out to be a very suitable dog for my neighbor and his children. Here, I’ll share some of the benefits and challenges of having a greyhound as a kid-friendly dog, and some reasons while children love them.

Benefits of Greyhounds as Kid-Friendly Dogs

Greyhounds are amazing dogs with many qualities that make them exemplary companions for children.

1. They Are Calm, Quiet, and Gentle

Their relaxed and peaceful temperament makes this breed a joy to live with. They don’t bark much or chase after small animals, and they are not prone to aggression or possessiveness. They are incredibly affectionate, loyal, and enjoy snuggling and being close to their owners.

Did you know...?

Greyhounds are called “40 mph couch potatoes” because they can run very fast when they want to. But they also enjoy sleeping or resting on the couch.

2. They Don’t Need Much Exercise or Grooming

Greyhounds are not the energetic or demanding dogs some people think they are. They enjoy spending the majority of their time on the couch and are actually quite lazy. For fun and fitness, they only require a few quick sprints or walks each day. Also, they have a short and smooth coat that doesn’t shed much, which makes them easy to groom and clean.

Did you know...?

Greyhounds only need 30 minutes of exercise per day—that’s much less than many other breeds.

3. They Can Adapt to Different Environments and Pets

Greyhounds can thrive in different environments, including apartments and farms, as long as they have a comfortable resting space. In addition to being great with kids, they also get along well with other pets such as cats or small dogs. Proper socialization from an early age is recommended for to encourage this. Furthermore, greyhounds adapt well to varying weather conditions, as long as they're protected from extreme heat or cold.

Did you know...?

Greyhounds can live up to 15 years. That’s longer than many other large breeds of dogs with shorter lifespans.

Greyhounds are good with kids—just look at this relaxed and gentle pup!

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Challenges of Greyhounds as Kid-Friendly Dogs

Introducing a greyhound into a family with young children presents certain challenges that you might want to know about and be prepared for.

1. They Are Prone to Injuries and Infections

Because they have thin skin and bones, greyhounds are more vulnerable to injuries and infections. To avoid this, it's important to monitor them closely and prevent them from running into sharp objects or rough surfaces that could cause harm. This can be challenging with young children around who love to be active and play. Checking the dog for cuts and scrapes could be a regular occurrence.

Did you know...?

Greyhounds have one of the lowest rates of hip dysplasia among dogs—their lean body structure puts less stress on their joints.

2. They Are Sensitive to Anesthesia and Drugs

Greyhounds' high sensitivity to anesthesia and drugs can affect their heart rate or blood pressure. Before giving them medication or undergoing surgery, you would need to first check with your vet. After any procedure involving anesthesia or sedation, they need to be monitored very closely.

Did you know...?

Greyhounds have less fat than other dogs—that’s why they need special anesthesia doses and drugs adjusted for their body weight.

3. They Are Sensitive to Temperature Changes

This breed has a low body fat percentage, so it makes them sensitive to temperature changes. Depending on the season, it’s beneficial to provide them with appropriate clothing or bedding. It’s probably not an ideal situation to leave them alone in hot or cold cars or outdoors for long periods of time.

Did you know...?

Greyhounds have 101°F average body temperatures—that’s higher than most other dogs (and even humans!)

Temperature changes affect greyhounds—provide them with warm clothing and bedding.

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4. They Have a Strong Chase Instinct

A greyhound's strong chase instinct makes them run after anything that moves fast or catches their attention. This can be challenging around toddlers and young children. To keep your dog safe, you could keep them on a leash or in a fenced area when taking them outside. By training them to obey your commands, you can recall them easier when necessary and provide a safer environment for the kids.

Did you know...?

Greyhounds can reach 45 mph—that’s faster than any other breed of dog (and even some cars!)

A greyhound's strong chase instinct can sometimes be challenging around children.

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Why Children Love Greyhounds

Greyhounds are child-friendly but are also loved by children because:

• They are calm, quiet, and gentle by nature.

• Their fun and playful personality.

• Their low-maintenance care.

• Their adaptability and friendliness.

Children love and cherish these wonderful dogs; they are not only fast and graceful but also sweet and loyal.

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Final Thoughts

Are greyhounds good with kids? My answer is a resounding yes. This wonderful breed deserves more attention and appreciation from dog lovers. They are fast, graceful, sweet, and loyal. If you're seeking a suitable dog that's compatible with your family and lifestyle, adopting a greyhound is worth considering. Apart from a few quirks, they are easy to love and hard to resist. They will surely provide unconditional love and companionship for you and your family.

Sources and Further Reading

  • Greyhound Dog Breed Health and Care | PetMD
    The Greyhound is one of the fastest dogs in the world. But at home, these slender pups tend to be quite lazy. Learn more about caring for Greyhound puppies and dogs.
  • The Most Common Health Problems That Affect Greyhounds
    Greyhounds, like many purebred animals, suffer from a range of health issues. Learn which are the most common, including the signs and symptoms of each.
  • Greyhound - PDSA
    Greyhounds are gentle, sensitive and very affectionate dogs, usually forming very close bonds with their owner. They have a short coat which requires weekly grooming to keep it in good condition.

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