Greyhounds: Just looking for a couch to potato on

06 Dec 2023

Sure, they’re fast, but did you know they prefer to be fast asleep? Check out some more facts about Greyhounds that might just surprise you.

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When people think Greyhounds, they often think speed and energy. It would be easy to assume that, along with other sighthounds, they need endless amounts of exercise, but that’s not necessarily true.

Greyhounds are often overlooked and spend more time than any other breed in Battersea centres. Check out just some of the reasons why Greyhounds make perfect pets.

Greyhounds are fast, but prefer to be fast asleep

It’s true that Greyhounds love to run in short bursts, but they also love sleeping. Some Greyhounds are lazier than others, but short daily walks are usually enough to keep a Greyhound happy and fit. The rest of the time Greyhounds will happily sleep for hours, with the occasional break for eating, which makes them the perfect company for binge-watching your latest TV obsession. Despite this, Greyhounds will still appreciate you keeping their mind active by playing and interacting with them.


The only place a Greyhound really wants to run is straight into your arms

Many Greyhounds have spent their lives in kennels, that’s why they love nothing more than to cuddle up on a comfy sofa, bed, armchair, or even your lap. Greyhounds are affectionate and loving dogs and they will often lean against your legs to be closer to you as you stroke them and give them attention. As with all dogs though, and most humans, they still appreciate some time alone too.


Greyhounds are only serious about playtime

Catch a Greyhound in a moment of energy between naps and you might find them running around in circles, aka getting the “zoomies”; we challenge you not to smile when you see it. Smiling is also something Greyhounds love to do, and unlike with most dogs, when you see their teeth in this way, they really are just smiling at you. A happy Greyhound will smile with most of their teeth on show.


Greyhounds go from bed to beautiful in no time at all

With their short coats, Greyhounds require very little grooming and bathing. They will still benefit from a regular brush though and will often enjoy the chance to spend this time with you. All that time saved can be spent doing much more fun things, like getting through that extensive to-do list of snoozing, cuddles and zoomies.


With a Greyhound, you might just have met your match

Greyhounds are playful, loving and loyal. They love sleep, cuddles, playtime and food and make great pets for lots of homes. Despite this, they are often overlooked. Could you change the story for a Battersea Greyhound today?


Our rehoming process

If you've not rehomed a Battersea animal before, you may not know what to expect. 

When you register with us, we’ll ask lots of questions about your lifestyle and living circumstances. When you submit the completed registration form, you’ll receive an automated response to confirm we’ve received it. Then we use a combination of extensive rehoming experience, our staff expertise and analytical tools to search for a potential match. 

If we find a dog that might be a good fit, our rehoming team will get in touch with you personally to talk about it all in more detail. After that, if everyone agrees the dog is the right one for you, we’ll arrange for you to meet virtually. Then we’ll arrange a visit to a Battersea centre or we'll deliver your new dog to you – and we’ll give you lots of advice on helping your new companion to settle in. 

If you think a Greyhound could be the perfect addition to your family, then visit our rehoming galleries where you can meet the dogs.