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i want a corgi, a jindo, gsd, kelpie, kishu, karelian bear dog, vallhund, and a rottweiler

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Hey I know. Get a fucking cat.

You want to the dog to do what you want it to, when you want it to. Dogs aren't like that, especially ones you pick up at the pound. Until you can consistently take it out and give it the attention it needs, get a cat that is just ....there.
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because not being able to give a dog a lot of attention makes getting a greyhound a good idea

You really have no clue what you're talking about.

The italian greyhounds are the rambunctious ones. The full size, retired racing greyhounds are the greatest pets ever.

1. They are INSANELY good on a leash.
2. Rarely bark.
3. The laziest motherfuckers on the planet.
4. Two walks a day and they're good, so long as they can get out and run 2-3 times a week. If you have a fenced in backyard, even better. I used to let mine run for 5 minutes in the back yard every morning and he was stoked, but if we missed a day because i had to get to work early, he was all good. We'd go out in the evening for 5 minutes or whatever. They dont NEED to run every day, but they enjoy it whenever. They're all fast twitch muscles. Let them run it out for 5-10 minutes and they're done.
5. Easy to feed. like 3 cups a day, food wise, at the most.
6. completely non-hostile
7. Did I mention the laziest motherfuckers on the planet? Seriously. They're all fast twitch muscles, so they get their burst out, then they are completely happy lounging around all goddamn day doing nothing. They're like cats, they'll sleep 21 hours a day if you let them.

They are great apartment dogs, so long as you have somewhere they can go for a run 2-3 times a week. IT MUST BE FENCED IN. Greyhounds are awful idiots when it comes to directions, like a Husky. They'll run until they're tired and then realize they don't know where the fuck they are. and trust me, they can run like the fucking wind. Mine used to do laps in my backyard. even from 9-14, the fucker was still fast as all hell.

Some greyhounds get seperation anxiety - fairly common with any rescue breed. Solutions: radio/tv on when you're gone or get another greyhound. Which really isnt hard to do. You'll just lose all your couch space. As for "attention" i really dont think someone that goes to work 3 days a week really isnt equipped to to have a fucking dog. You people are fucking retarded. hes at work three days a week, so on those days, he cant spend every waking minute with the dog. OH NO AWFUL OWNER! The dog will still get out morning and night for some fun. Thats really rather normal, except, you know, 5 days a week like most people work.

EDIT: Greyhounds aren't real good with stairs, because of the long legs, so going down 3 flights of stairs might be an issue. Going up is easy, but down, its tricky. Definitely aren't doing it fast. But they'll learn how to do it efficiently.
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If you are looking for a registered purebred, see if one of the sports dog registries has an approved line. AKC dogs tend to be genetic fuckups with too much of their breeding going for Look of the Day.

As noted above. Retired racing greyhounds are mellow. Really good around other dogs and people.
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the dogs are also very friendly to theri owner. only if you treat him well. he or she will be more firendly to you.
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If you get a dog and have to work 8+ hours a day, get a dog walker to take them out in the middle of the day, it's cruel and neglectful not to.

That way you walk them in the morning before work, the dog walker walks them around 2PM, you walk them when you get home and once more before bed, 3 - 4 times a day is minimum for adult dogs, 6 - 7 is standard for puppies.
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Two terrible suggestions for people who live in an apartment and would not be able to shower these dogs with attention!!
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Interesting. I never gave greyhounds a thought, thought they were a rare kind of dog. But reading about them, they sound just up my alley. Seems like they're meant to be generally indoor dogs that only need short bouts of intense exercise. In fact, their mode of exercise and activity seems exactly the same as me... lol. Powerlifting, sprints, conditioning workouts.

http://www.goldengreyhounds.com/adopt/index.htm

"Greyhounds live up to their nickname as “the world’s fastest/greatest couch-potato”. They spend their day sleeping and enjoy curling up on their bed or lying beside you much of the day. They actually require less exercise than most dogs. With little body fat, and a poor tolerance for outdoor temperature extremes, each hound is placed with the understanding that they will be cared for as an indoor-only companions. "

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"Contrary to popular belief, adult Greyhounds do not need extended periods of daily exercise, as they are bred for sprinting rather than endurance."

"Occasionally, a greyhound may bark, however greyhounds are generally not barkers"

And from http://animal.discovery.com/breed-se...greyhound.html

"The greyhound needs daily exercise, but it is a sprinter, not an endurance runner. Its needs can thus be met with a chance to run, or by a longer walk on leash. It loves to run and chase outdoors, and can easily run into danger at great speed unless exercised in a safe area. It is not generally amenable to living outdoors. Greyhounds relish creature comforts and must have soft bedding and warmth. The coat is extremely easy to care for, needing only occasional brushing to remove dead hair."


I think I'm going to keep an eye out for greyhounds!
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Interesting. I never gave greyhounds a thought, thought they were a rare kind of dog. But reading about them, they sound just up my alley. Seems like they're meant to be generally indoor dogs that only need short bouts of intense exercise. In fact, their mode of exercise and activity seems exactly the same as me... lol. Powerlifting, sprints, conditioning workouts.

http://www.goldengreyhounds.com/adopt/index.htm

"Greyhounds live up to their nickname as “the world’s fastest/greatest couch-potato”. They spend their day sleeping and enjoy curling up on their bed or lying beside you much of the day. They actually require less exercise than most dogs. With little body fat, and a poor tolerance for outdoor temperature extremes, each hound is placed with the understanding that they will be cared for as an indoor-only companions. "

and from wikipedia:

"Contrary to popular belief, adult Greyhounds do not need extended periods of daily exercise, as they are bred for sprinting rather than endurance."

"Occasionally, a greyhound may bark, however greyhounds are generally not barkers"

And from http://animal.discovery.com/breed-se...greyhound.html

"The greyhound needs daily exercise, but it is a sprinter, not an endurance runner. Its needs can thus be met with a chance to run, or by a longer walk on leash. It loves to run and chase outdoors, and can easily run into danger at great speed unless exercised in a safe area. It is not generally amenable to living outdoors. Greyhounds relish creature comforts and must have soft bedding and warmth. The coat is extremely easy to care for, needing only occasional brushing to remove dead hair."


I think I'm going to keep an eye out for greyhounds!

Thats all truth. My retired racer NEVER barked, except when one of the cats poked their nose into his food dish when he was eating. And it was just one bark, the cat backed off, and that was it.

They really are tremendous pets. There should be a shelter for retired racers near SF, we've got a couple around Boston. And ignore the "get a dog walker" BS. You may, depending on age, need one, but i doubt it. Just see how the dog acclimates to the home, and if he gets destructive, get a walker for mid day, but 3 days a week? I don't see it being an issue. The dog would probably be more upset someone interrupted his nap. We used to leave the radio on for our greyhound when we first got him, he had a little separation anxiety. but once he learned our routines he didn't need it.

And its important enough to repeat: only let them off the leash in COMPLETELY FENCED IN AREAS. They have a terrible sense of direction, and they are sight hounds, he very well may see a squirrel/rabbit/small animal and fucking GO. They won't do it on the leash, as they've been trained far too well. Most of them havent the slightest idea what to do with them once they get it, but they love that fucking chase. Jet never gave a shit about cats, but when we let him off the leash in the backyard and one of the neighbors chickens had gotten back there, ZOOM, he was off after it. (yes, chickens, and i live in a lovely suburban area, my neighbor was just weird. or liked eggs and fresh chicken. one of the two)

And contrary to popular belief, most racing dogs arent abused. the owners treated them like royalty, so they'd win. And they arent generally hostile dogs. The muzzles they wear when they race are for AFTER the race, when they're still hopped up with adrenline, they may nip at each other, and since they all have really thin skin, a little nip could leave a big cut and take em out of some races. And racing itself isnt abuse, cause, as you'll see, greyhounds fucking LOVE to run.

If you get one, ENJOY! they are awesome pets. I'm actually looking to get another racer as soon as I fence in my back yard. I havent had one for a few years after Jet died, but in a heartbeat, i'd get another one.
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- I go to work about 3 days a week. That means around 8-12 hours where I'm away from home for about 3 days/week. I work from home 2 days a week, so I'd be around all day then, plus weekends.
One thing I'll say - it's hard for a dog to go 12 hours without a bathroom break. If you're good friends with a neighbor who doesn't mind popping over on the occasional 12 hour day to let the dog out, this isn't an issue. But I wouldn't put a dog through that.

As for best breeds... if you're targeting a particular breed, get one from a rescue, not from a breeder or from a pet store. There's far too many unwanted animals in the world already, and I have far too many stories of breeders who choose profit over ethics. My doberman came from such a breeder... after they dumped her in the woods.
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One thing I'll say - it's hard for a dog to go 12 hours without a bathroom break. If you're good friends with a neighbor who doesn't mind popping over on the occasional 12 hour day to let the dog out, this isn't an issue. But I wouldn't put a dog through that.

As for best breeds... if you're targeting a particular breed, get one from a rescue, not from a breeder or from a pet store. There's far too many unwanted animals in the world already, and I have far too many stories of breeders who choose profit over ethics. My doberman came from such a breeder... after they dumped her in the woods.

I didn't even see the 12 hour thing earlier.


Yes, in this case, you will need someone to take the dog out.

My bad.


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Yes, in this case, you will need someone to take the dog out.

My bad.

I have 3 roommates, who also sometimes work from home, and the flat below us are 3 friends as well, so *usually* someone is at home. I read it's not good to keep greyhounds outside, but in the chance I'll be gone a while during the day and no one is at home, is it safe to let it be in the backyard? It's fenced w/ at least a 6ft+ fence. Could it chill in the backyard for like 8-10 hours on average? SF the temp is a constant 50-75 degrees average year round.

BTW, our landlord, who sometimes lives in the garage/in-law unit, also has a dog that she lets roam around in the yard when she's there. It's a bull mastiff I think. would the two dogs mix? would the beastly bull mastiff eat up a skinny greyhound?

12 hours on the very extreme side of things. my job is very flexible in that i pretty much go into work whenever I feel like it. So some days I may be gone for 7 hours... some rare days 12 hours. Probably 8-10 hours on average. Obviously if I had a dog, I'd probably start going to work even less
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I have 3 roommates, who also sometimes work from home, and the flat below us are 3 friends as well, so *usually* someone is at home. I read it's not good to keep greyhounds outside, but in the chance I'll be gone a while during the day and no one is at home, is it safe to let it be in the backyard? It's fenced w/ at least a 6ft+ fence. Could it chill in the backyard for like 8-10 hours on average? SF the temp is a constant 50-75 degrees average year round.

BTW, our landlord, who sometimes lives in the garage/in-law unit, also has a dog that she lets roam around in the yard when she's there. It's a bull mastiff I think. would the two dogs mix? would the beastly bull mastiff eat up a skinny greyhound?

12 hours on the very extreme side of things. my job is very flexible in that i pretty much go into work whenever I feel like it. So some days I may be gone for 7 hours... some rare days 12 hours. Probably 8-10 hours on average. Obviously if I had a dog, I'd probably start going to work even less

No. Do not leave the dog outside. It really would only need to go out during that 8-12 hours for 5 minutes max, just so he can pee. If your roommate could take him out, thats golden. And if you let him out before you leave, odds are he can hold it until you get back in a pinch, just i wouldnt make him do it all the time. As with any dog. if your roommates dont suck, i cant imagine they'd mind taking him out for 5 minutes before they leave, if say they leave 3-4 hours after you - that would be fine too.

As for the mastiff playing? If its not an aggressive dog, it shouldn't be a problem. Just have to be careful as to how they play. Some dogs will play rough, not a bad thing, but the mastiff may unintentionally hurt the greyhound - they have really thin skin, and cut easily. Greyhounds don't roughhouse really, they're more likely to play tag. I've seen greyhounds and all sorts of dogs play together, it won't be an issue, just keep an eye on them is all.
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I also have a greyhound.

They're pretty good apartment dogs. Pretty low energy, quiet, don't get bored as easily as many breeds. I had mine in grad school, lots of 12+ hour days and he was fine with a walk at lunch.

Mine is lazy as fuck, can barely get him to jog a half mile. Others are higher energy, sounds like you'd want one of them.

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I read it's not good to keep greyhounds outside, but in the chance I'll be gone a while during the day and no one is at home, is it safe to let it be in the backyard? It's fenced w/ at least a 6ft+ fence. Could it chill in the backyard for like 8-10 hours on average? SF the temp is a constant 50-75 degrees average year round.
I doubt he'd really suffer, but the greyhound people don't recommend it. That's a long time to leave him outside alone. Mine loves anything from 40-80, hotter than that and he barely wants to go outside. Most of them don't like to jump too much, not really escape artists.

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Greyhounds, having grown up around a bunch of other dogs, are pretty good about the "dog rules." Mine gets along with basically every dog that's even vaguely sociable. He's played with mastiffs and other huge dogs before no problem.


Greys are kind of weird in general though. Very hit or miss, people that are looking for the usual big dumb super enthusiastic golden retriever type probably wouldn't like them. I love 'em though, and I've had other dogs.
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Greyhounds don't roughhouse really, they're more likely to play tag. I've seen greyhounds and all sorts of dogs play together, it won't be an issue, just keep an eye on them is all.

They're funny about that. I had a little group of other greys that'd get together at the dog park. They'd amble around until something started running, then the whole pack of them would go tearing off after it. It was best when one of the greys liked chasing balls so it could be the thing getting chased, none of the normal dogs liked to run enough.

Mine has only gotten cut once, I think his dumb ass decided to run alongside a chainlink fence and hit a snag.
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