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Sighthound Squad Assemble!

Sighthounds can make marvellous companions, but they tend to be overlooked in favour for smaller, fluffier, or more cuddly looking dogs. You don’t have to have a soft spot for long snoots or even longer legs, but we really hope you do after reading this because they are super!

There are plenty of pros that you should take into consideration when thinking about adopting a Leggy Lurcher, Gorgeous Greyhound, Wonderful Whippet, or any mix in between:

  • Coming into winter we usually prepare ourselves for cleaning up after muddy walks on the daily. Sighthounds tend to be much less adventurous when it comes to puddles, especially as they tend to feel the cold more due to their lower body fat. Less puddles and longer legs do make for less mess on winter walks.
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  • In general sighthounds are low maintenance when it comes to grooming. With short coats and only a small amount of shedding there is no need to have a regular appointment at the groomers, usually a gentle brush now and then will suffice.
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  • Sighthounds love a short burst of craziness where they can zoom around but more often than not this is short lived as they can be incredibly lazy, snoozing for most part of the day. They love warm spaces and there are usually two ways you will find them- curled up like a donut or stretched out occupying ALL the space. In both circumstances, rest and play, you will usually see absolute satisfaction in their face which will make your heart feel all warm and fuzzy!
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  • Although there are never any guarantees, sighthounds do not usually come with a long list of health problems. As we previously mentioned they do have a lower body fat percentage so tend to feel the cold more but that is nothing a nice warm coat won’t solve. As they are quite fine it is best to check their legs for cuts and ensure they have a nice big comfy bed to avoid getting sores from lying on hard surfaces.
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  • Not just good at racing; they are just as capable of taking part in agility or obedience training. So, if you are looking start a new hobby or simply want to up your dog training skills, you are at no disadvantage by owning a sighthound. (Although they do have a reputation for avoiding the sit cue, but we just see that as opportunity to challenge our training skills.)
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  • Like any breed of dog, some are more independent or demanding than others. Overall, most are loving dogs and enjoy fuss and attention. Be prepared for them to lean all their weight against you just to make sure you know that they are there and needing some fuss! Some may be instantly friendly while some may take a little bit of time to build their confidence around new people.

We have given you just a small snippet of how marvellous these dogs can be!

If you are now dreaming of having your very own 40mph couch potato we do have some currently in foster enjoying some home comforts until we find their forever home.

Let us introduce you...

Kiwi- a three-year-old ex-racing Greyhound. He just adores people but can be a little shy around men. He needs a gentle family that can offer him some reassurance and go slow initially. He loves neck scratches and insists on leaning all his weight into you.

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Jeff- a five-year-old male Greyhound who was found as a stray, although due to his ear tattoos we suspect he may have raced before. He is super friendly with people and dogs of a similar size. Again, he adores fuss and attention and would happily play fetch with a ball for as long as you can!

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Jim- a nine-year-old sweetheart who is a bit unsure of household noises so is looking for an owner who is willing to help him settle. He is full of fun, loves to play and apart from his little grey muzzle you would never know he was an older gent. Yes, we are going to say it again, he really enjoys leaning in for a snuggle.

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Banana- a three-year-old beauty who loves a steady routine. Retired from racing and looking for life in the slow lane, she needs a gentle owner who will go slow initially and build her confidence. She is very sweet and although she likes some attention, she is more independent than the boys.

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Pippa- a lively three-year-old looking for an active owner. She is excitable and enthusiastic about life although is much calmer and settled in the home where she does enjoy snuggling into you. She would benefit from living with someone who is passionate about positive reinforcement and committed to further socialising.

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If you can offer one of these Super Sighthounds their forever home please email us at [email protected] or call us on 0141 773 5130.