Living with Sighthounds

Understanding sighthounds ...

Understanding your Sighthound

Bristol DAWG hope to be able to give new hound owners enough information, before they adopt, to make a decision on whether a Greyhound or Lurcher is the right dog for them and, more importantly, if they have the right home for a sighthound.

Greyhounds and Lurchers are classed as sighthounds, which means they hunt using their excellent eyesight and their hunting and chasing instincts are triggered by the sight of small animals moving in the distance, such as rabbits and, unfortunately, cats.

Due to this trait, hounds are often misunderstood and many people think they are vicious towards small dogs and people. In the racing industry many people assume that greyhounds are nasty to people because they wear muzzles when racing. This is, of course, for the majority of rescued hounds, not true.

When Greyhounds race, they run with their mouths open and if they bump into each other, there is a risk that they may catch their teeth on another dog’s skin. Greyhounds have very thin skin, with little fat, so they are easily cut by such incidents. Muzzles therefore are simply a safety measure, nothing more.

Many Lurchers, which have been used for working, will have worked alongside terrier type dogs and so are used to smaller dogs. Most Greyhounds, although they may have never met another breed before, can be introduced to small dogs safely. We offer advice on how this should be done.

Bristol DAWG dogs are assessed with small dogs to ascertain their suitability prior to adoption.

Most sighthounds are also good with children due to their calm and laid back nature, although nervous dogs may find very young children quite frightening.

Please remember Bristol DAWG will always be there if you need advice or information and will endeavor to answer any questions. Telephone numbers for all Trustees can be found on our Contact Us page, so please feel free to ring should you need help.

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