Why greyhounds and lurchers make great family pets

greyhound on a sofa

Sadly greyhounds and lurchers often take longer to rehome because people just don’t see them as family pets. But they can actually make the perfect pet, and here are just some of the reasons why…  

When people think of greyhounds or lurchers, they conjure up images of super-fast, competitive dogs speeding off in pursuit of a small fluffy animal.

So it’s no surprise that we assume these types of dogs are high maintenance, aloof and need huge amounts of exercise.

But actually, when it comes to greyhounds and their crossbreed, the lurcher, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Typical traits of greyhounds and lurchers

Of course all animals are different and so their individual personalities and backgrounds must be considered, but as a rule lurchers and greyhounds are extremely gentle with people and make excellent companions.

In fact, Blue Cross has rehomed several that have gone on to become therapy or education dogs, visiting nursing homes and schools.

Their friendly and laid back nature makes them perfect for this kind of work – and it’s what also makes them great family pets because they tend to get on really well with children.  

Do greyhounds need lots of exercise?

greyhound walking on a lead
Contrary to popular opinion, greyhounds and lurchers don’t need excessive exercise

Contrary to popular opinion, they don’t need excessive exercise at all and, in fact, they tend to be a little on the lazy side.

Most love a short burst around the park before heading home to lie on their owner’s lap or a comfy duvet and have a snooze.

Greyhounds and lurchers are at their happiest when they are warm, cosy and in their owner’s company. They are very tactile and like to snuggle up to you.

Professional couch potatoes, many greyhounds sleep as much as 16 – 18 hours a day and you will also be amazed and amused by their ability to sleep in very odd positions!

Do pet greyhounds chase cats?

Because of their background they do love to run and some enjoy chasing after small furry things which means that they may need to be muzzled and on a lead when in certain areas. You can make wearing a muzzle really fun and comfortable for your dog – watch our video to find out how.

Being a sighthound means that these dogs are not always suitable to live with a cat, but again this depends entirely on the dog as we have rehomed some that are perfectly happy with a feline housemate.

While some have strong instincts to chase, this doesn’t mean that they are impossible to train and some can learn fantastic recall skills.

So if you’re thinking of getting a new pet, don’t rule out these lovely dogs – they may end up being the perfect choice for you.

Blue Cross has lots of lurchers and greyhounds who desperately need loving homes. Please have a look at their rehoming profiles now

— Page last updated 9/11/2016