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8 Problems Only a Greyhound Owner Would Understand

Written by: Arlene Divina
Arlene Divina, one of the content writers at IHD, loves going on adventures with her adorable fur baby. She now creates informative content for pet parents. Read more
| Published on June 6, 2023

Ever walked into your home and found your furniture had been transformed into an impromptu racetrack? Congratulations! You’ve joined the exclusive club of Greyhound owners. While they are known for their speed and slim physiques, the companionship of these retired racers is filled with equal parts charm and challenge. Here are eight problems you’ll only understand if you’ve found yourself at the business end of a greyhound’s imploring stare.

1. Where’s the Pause Button?

They may look graceful racing around your backyard at warp speed but don’t be fooled. Your Greyhound hasn’t quite mastered the concept of moderation, and “slow down” is a foreign phrase. These speedsters can hit 45 mph in just a few strides, which is charming until you’re chasing after them down the sidewalk in your pajamas.

2. Inability to Blend Into a Crowd

Greyhounds have a distinct look – long, sleek, and slim. They’re the runway models of the dog world, and people notice. Be prepared to become a minor local celebrity on your daily walks. Every stroll around the block will turn into a question-and-answer session about your dog’s top speed, career earnings, and if they still remember how to catch that mechanical rabbit.

3. They’re Lean, Mean, Food Disappearing Machines

Speaking of that lean physique, it’s high maintenance. These dogs are not grazers; they’re capable of inhaling a day’s worth of food in minutes. And due to their metabolism, they can eat a surprising amount without gaining weight. This may sound like a dream come true until you realize you’re buying dog food in bulk every other day.

4. Couch Potatoes with a Need for Speed

When they aren’t running at breakneck speed, greyhounds are professional loungers. They have a special talent for finding the most comfortable spot in the house and transforming into an immovable object. You may think your 3-seater couch is big enough for you and your furry friend, but your greyhound has other ideas.

5. Skinny Dog Problems

Those slender bodies may be aerodynamic, but they come with unique challenges. Finding a coat that fits or a harness that doesn’t slip off is an exercise in frustration. And your heating bills? They’ll skyrocket. Greyhounds have very little body fat and thin fur, so they feel the cold intensely. Prepare for a dog that owns more fashionable winter wear than you do!

6. Spatial Awareness? Never Heard of It

Despite their racing pedigree, greyhounds aren’t always the most graceful of creatures. They might be aces on the track, but corners, narrow doorways, and furniture are a completely different challenge. Anticipate the clattering of misplaced paws against anything and everything. It’s like living with a very fast, very affectionate, very clumsy toddler.

7. Separation Anxiety: Level Greyhound

Greyhounds form deep bonds with their humans, and when you’re away, they miss you intensely. This can lead to separation anxiety, and the creative ways they express this can be… surprising. If you’ve ever wondered what your couch looks like without its upholstery, a lonely greyhound might be happy to show you.

8. The Greyhound Stare

Last, but certainly not least, is the famous greyhound stare. This is their secret weapon when it comes to getting what they want. Whether it’s a bite of your sandwich or an invitation to share your bed, those soulful eyes have the power to melt even the sternest resolve.

So there you have it, the eight uniquely charming, occasionally frustrating, always entertaining problems that come with owning a greyhound. But let’s be real. Despite these quirks, they’re loving, loyal pets who offer more laughs and affection than you could ever imagine. For every hurdle, there are a hundred moments of joy, and at the end of the day, that’s what owning a dog is all about. Just make sure to keep an extra bag of dog food on hand!

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