Greyhounds placed though GPA are usually between 2 and 5 years old. They stand between 24 and 31 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 50 and 90 pounds, females generally being smaller than males. Greyhounds come in a variety of colors including black, red, blue, fawn, or a combination of these colors, various shades of brindle and all of those colors broken with white.
For centuries greyhounds have been bred to hunt by outrunning their prey. They are the world's fastest breed of dog and their speed is simply breathtaking. Years of breeding for speed have given them graceful and athletic bodies. The need to think quickly while running has increased their native intelligence.
That said, ex-racing greyhounds do not require much exercise: they have a well-earned reputation of being "45 mile an hour couch potatoes" because at this stage in their life they have done their job and they now take retirement very seriously. A walk around the block or a short romp in a fully fenced yard is plenty of exercise. This breed was built for speed, not endurance.
The greyhound's devotion to his or her owner is legendary. Greyhounds are grateful for their new homes and reward their owners with never-ending affection. Raised with their litter mates where they had to compete for affection, they thrive on being the center of attention.
Greyhound ownership is a serious responsibility. Our policy is to ensure that anyone who wishes to adopt a greyhound will be capable of, and willing to, accept that responsibility. You will be asked to complete an application, participate in a home visit and to abide by the decision of our adoption screening committee.
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Adoption Requirements: this page describes what you agree to when you adopt a retired racer.
Adoption Application: this page describes the responsibilities & costs associated with adoption and provides a link to the online application; you may opt to print a blank application that you can complete and mail to Greyhound Pets of America / Tampa Bay