Greyhounds spend on average twice as long as other dogs waiting for their forever homes.
98% of people have never owned a one while half say they never considered it.
The new research by Dogs Trust has revealed that over half of Greyhounds who entered Irish dog pounds were put to sleep in 2016.
They are appealing for people not to over look them when considering adopting a dog.
To help show people just how wonderful they believe greyhounds are as pets, they've launched this video to the Baywatch theme tune (hence Greywatch):
And if that video didn't warm your heart, they've also launched a 'Greyhound Fact List':
- Greyhounds have bigger hearts than other dogs!
- They also have a 270 degree field of vision! This is due to their narrow heads and widely spread eyes and belong to a grouping of breeds called Sighthounds, which includes Salukis and Whippets.
- Greyhounds usually require one or two 15-20 minute bursts of exercise and generally snooze for the rest of the day……on the sofa! There is a popular saying 'Adopt a Greyhound, lose a sofa' given their penchant for soft, comfortable places to slumber. However, it’s worth noting that, like all puppies, Greyhound and Lurcher puppies or 'pointy babies' as we affectionately know them, are full of beans and quite active!
- The Greyhound is the only breed of dog mentioned by name in the Bible. King James Version, Proverbs, 30:29-31
- Their average life expectancy is 12 years and Greyhounds are usually healthy dogs that generally don’t have inherited conditions like other breeds.
- Greyhounds are not very good at sitting but this is due to their anatomy not the fact they don’t want to! They often squat or hover if asked to sit but usually prefer to stand or lie down.....on something comfortable.
- They usually walk well on their lead and are usually quiet, gentle and affectionate creatures with a quirky sense of humour!
- They tend to form very close bonds with their owners and love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch.
- Greyhounds require little grooming and they don’t shed as much as other breeds as they have no undercoat.
- They vary in appearance, depending on breed mixture; their coats can be long or short and colouring can differ too.
- Alexander the Great, George Washington, Henry the VIII and Bart Simpson were all Greyhound owners.
- Greyhounds generally don’t bark as much as other dogs but can ‘yodel’ if very excited.
- Greyhounds can be great with children, cats and small animals but, as with any dog, it is always best to use caution when introducing initially and take things slowly.
- They are sensitive, loving creatures and can become very upset if spoken to harshly so, like all dogs, respond well to treats and praise.
- These leggy lovelies eat the same food and same quantity as other dogs. Some can be angelic-faced, food stealing ninjas, so make sure you don’t leave your dinner where they can reach it – you may also want to get a dog proof bin too!
- Generally, they adapt to home life quickly and become solid citizens. Many are gentle enough to have qualified as therapy dogs in nursing homes and hospitals!