Adopting a Greyhound

Are you ready to adopt? 

Before you fill in your application form please take the time to consider if you are ready to commit to owning a Greyhound for life. We hope that every greyhound will find their perfect forever home, but sometimes they are returned to us for reasons that could have been preventable, had the potential adopter thought more carefully about their situation and expections. 

Here are a couple of our least favourite reasons:                     

  • I have turned vegetarian and no longer wish to handle dog meat
  • I have a new car and don’t want the dog on my leather seats

Whilst generally affectionate and quiet, Greyhounds are still dogs and therefore they still do dog things! Like all dogs, Greyhounds:

  • Need regular exercise, mental stimulation and company.
  • Require veterinary treatment, should they get sick or injured.
  • Require ongoing socialisation and training and need boundaries in order to maintain and continue to develop good manners.
  • Can growl, snap or bite if frightened, injured or startled.
  • Require supervision around children and other animals.
  • Can be messy; they shed hair, get dirty paws, dig holes … and all of the things that other dogs do.

Please consider the following:

  • Are able to have a dog where you live?
  • If you rent, does the landlord and/or the body corporate allow pets?
  • Have you discussed getting a dog with the rest of your family and does everyone agree?
  • Do you have other pets that may be affected by adding a Greyhound?
  • Will adding another dog exceed your local council’s limit for your property?
  • Will your family change significantly in the future? For example are you planning to move house, change careers, have children?
  • Do you have the will and ability to commit both time and money to owning a large dog?

We suggest you do not adopt a Greyhound if you do not have the patience to continue to help the dog adjust to life as a pet. Until they enter GAP, the only thing that some Greyhounds have been asked to do is run fast, so they may have lots to learn. Our process helps get them on the path to being a pet, but this process needs to continue well after adoption as the Greyhound will have to learn your routine, and adjust to what it experiences in your home and your neighbourhood.

Still ready to adopt?  You can apply on-line or call us if you have any further questions.

Online Application Form

Adoption fees and what’s included

The adoption fee is $100. This fee is GST inclusive and only partially offsets the significant costs associated with the following pre-adoption services:

  • Desexing
  • Microchipping
  • Worming, including heartworm
  • Health checks and veterinary treatment
  • Daily, feeding, grooming and maintenance
  • Assessments
  • Ongoing support for adoptive families

In addition, the fee includes the official GAP green collar which identifies your Greyhound as a GAP dog with a unique registration number.

Oh, and of course the fee includes your gorgeous Greyhound!

About Greyhounds

Most Greyhounds weigh between 24 and 36 kgs and can vary in height from 61 to 75cm at the shoulder. Male Greyhounds are often taller than females, weighing from 30 to 45kg and standing from 65 to 75cm at the shoulder. The females can weigh from 24 to 35kg and stand from 60 to 70cm at the shoulder. The breed has a slim, sleek body, narrow skull and long strong legs. The deep chest and narrow waist give the breed its distinctive silhouette. As the name suggests – they belong to the “hound” group of breeds which includes such other breeds as – Afghan, Deerhound, Whippet, Saluki, Borzoi which are all sight hounds.The coat of the Greyhound is short and smooth. The variety of coat colours is seemingly endless and includies white, fawn, black, blue, brindle and parti colour (white with patches of one of those colours). For a guide to the most common colours, please see the below chart. Greyhounds are known their general lack of “doggy smell”. This is largely due to the fact that they rarely suffer allergic skin complaints, which commonly affect other breeds.


The Greyhound is an ancient breed of dog that belongs to a family of dogs known as sight hounds. Sight hounds pursue their prey by sight rather than scent, and have a strongly developed chase instinct of prey drive. This varies from dog to dog, and in spite of this, it is possible for many Greyhounds to peacefully co-exist with other pets, including cats, dogs and even rabbits. If you are considering adopting a Greyhound it is vital that you inform us if you have other animals – this allows careful selection of a dog that is known to happily accept cats and other small pets.

Generally even tempered and gentle, they are pack-orientated dogs which means that they will quickly adopt human “masters” into their pack. They are affectionate towards those that they know and trust. In order to allow different Greyhounds to hunt and race together, aggressiveness towards other dogs and people has been nearly eliminated from the breed.

Greyhounds make great pets because they generally are quiet, well mannered, and easy to live with.

Interesting Greyhound Trivia – Did you know?

  • The first Greyhound came to Australia with Captain Cook in 1770.
  • Lure Greyhound racing did not begin until O.P Smith invented the mechanical lure in 1912 and it was then first introduced in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. In Australia, mechanical lure racing commenced in 1927 at Epping in New South Wales.
  • Greyhounds are the only dog mentioned in The Bible.
  • Greyhounds are now being used as therapy dogs all over the world because of their gentle nature. There has been some success with Greyhounds helping autistic children.
  • Because of the relatively low incidence off allergic skin disease, a Greyhound has very little if any “doggy smell”.
  • In 1804, Australia issued a proclamation ordering the destruction of all dogs EXCEPT Greyhounds and sheepdogs.
  • The only other animal that can accelerate faster over a short distance is a cheetah, who can reach speeds of 109 kmh over 3-4 strides from a standing start. A Greyhound can reach speeds of 45 kmh in 3 strides and full speed of 70 kmh within 30 metres or six strides.
  • People that are allergic to dogs, usually find that they do not suffer the same discomfort with a Greyhound. If severe allergies, a black Greyhound is recommended for adoption.
  • Greyhounds – can and do – live in harmony with other animals in the home, such as other dogs, cats, birds and even rabbits.
  • Greyhounds are usually found standing or lying down, they often find it uncomfortable to sit. Some say it is because their tail is so stiff which doesn’t allow them to sit properly. Others say that it is just uncomfortable for them to take the sit position due to the shape of their body and legs. The truth probably lies with the same reason why Greyhounds are the onlylarge breed of dog not known to develop degenerative hip displaysia; very little laxity in the hip joint due to the strength of the overlying muscle.
  • Greyhounds are sensitive to some chemicals. They must have special anaesthetics when undergoing surgery and can sometimes have reactions to certain flea control products.
  • At a gallop, a racing Greyhound is only touching the track surface for 25% of its stride distance, and during the remainder of the stride, it is suspended above the ground until the next limb hits the ground. This is called a “double suspension gallop”.
  • A Greyhound produces around 100Kcals or 100,000 watts of waste heat energy during a 30 second race, sufficient to bring 600mL of tap water to the boil in around 2 minutes.