Prey drive is present in almost every breed of dog but over many generations, it has been modified to express in different ways (some examples would be herding breeds and retrieving breeds). In greyhounds, prey drive is expressed by an interest in chasing (by sight) and remains very much unchanged from when greyhounds were bred to hunt small game. Because of this drive, greyhounds must be placed in appropriate homes to suit their individual drive levels.
High drive- Will chase small animals and possibly smaller dogs. Dogs with high prey drive will be carefully assessed before being placed in foster care and dogs that exhibit predatory behaviour towards smaller dogs are usually not suitable for rehoming.
Moderate drive- Will chase small animals but will not chase or display predatory behaviour toward small dogs. Dogs with moderate prey drive will not be rehomed with cats or other smaller animals.
Non-chaser- Will not chase other animals. When introduced to other animals, will not attempt to bite or paw at them.
Although greyhounds, as a breed, are generally very placid, quiet dogs, energy levels will vary between individuals and it's important to think carefully about how much time you can devote to a dog when applying. Each dog's profile will explain their individual rating more thoroughly, as well as any behavioural issues relating to energy levels.
High energy- Will likely require longer walks (30+ minutes), daily. May engage in destructive behaviour or barking if deprived of adequate stimulation. May not cope well if left alone in the house for any length of time and anxiety may be more likely.
Moderate energy- Will require moderate walks (20 - 30 minutes) most days of the week. Unlikely to engage in destructive behaviour when bored and able to cope well with being left alone in the house for reasonable amounts of time.
Low energy- Will require short to moderate walks (10 - 30 minutes), a few days a week. Destructive behaviour due to boredom is very unlikely and dog can cope well with crating or being left alone for longer periods of time.
Greyhounds vary greatly in size and although they tend to make themselves quite small in the house, size may still be a consideration, depending on how much space you have in your home.
Large- Dogs over 32kg at race weight. Most males fit into this category. Height still varies greatly so if size may be an issue, please contact us to discuss.
Medium- Dogs over 25kg at race weight. Some males and most females fall within this range.
Small- Dogs under 24kg at race weight. Males are very rarely within this range and from our experience, only twenty percent of females.
The temperament of the dog is likely the most important thing to consider when applying for a dog. Homes with children may find passive dogs more suitable while experienced dog owners may find a more outgoing dog to be a better fit. As with all other factors, things rarely fall within exact definitions so temperament of each dog will be fully explained in its profile, along with suggestions of suitable homes.
Outgoing/confident- While often more interested in interacting with people and/or other dogs, very confident dogs may be less suitable for inexperienced owners, families with children or older people.
Laid back/passive- These dogs may often appear to be shy or nervous but for first time dog owners or people less confident in handling dogs, a more passive dog can be an ideal fit and less challenging to manage.