I am also one of the many people who, since the start of the pandemic, have welcomed a dog into their home for the first time. For a long while, my partner and I had known that we wanted a dog and in early 2021, we decided to do some more research to find out whether there was a breed of dog that could fit in well with our lifestyle.
Quite early on, we realised that a puppy wasn’t going to be right for us, particularly as first-time pet owners. We live in a flat, so we were looking for a dog that would be happy in a relatively small space and that could be left alone for short periods of time. We also wanted a dog that enjoyed getting out on walks but wasn’t going to need excessive amounts of exercise.
We soon discovered that Greyhounds perfectly fit with all we were asking for: they’re actually really lazy dogs, sleeping for around 18-hours of the day, and are perfectly content to spend their day sprawled out on the sofa, providing they get around 40 minutes of exercise.
They are also surprisingly affordable. While the average cost of a new puppy reached £1,875 in 2021,4 Greyhounds that have been retired from racing are often rehomed via dedicated charities, who only ask for a small rehoming fee along with any donations you would like to give. These charities are often full of recently retired dogs looking for a home, giving you a lot of choice when it comes to finding the right pet.
The majority of Greyhounds are retired between 3 and 5 years old, meaning they are still young dogs and are generally a healthy breed, not being predisposed to as many health conditions as some others. Their laid-back affectionate temperament also makes them a great choice for parents looking to expand their family with a child-friendly dog.