Greyhounds race from about the age of two and are generally retired by the time they reach four years of age. A greyhound’s life expectancy is about 12 years, so they have a long life to live once they retire from the racetrack.
Some are kept for breeding purposes, while many also get adopted as pets.
There have been thousands of greyhounds that have retired from the racetrack and lived happy lives as normal household pets.
One common misconception about greyhounds is they are aggressive and require a lot of exercise, whereas the actual reality is they are quite timid and relatively lazy.
Greyhounds appeal as a pet for a number of reasons, including:
- they sleep for almost 20 hours a day
- they need only a 15 minute walk each day (or longer if you prefer)
- they can make great jogging companions
- they are cooperative, adaptable, placid and affectionate
- they are suited to living in many types of household, including apartments
- they are quiet and rarely bark
- they require little grooming