Greyhounds and Small Animals
greyhounds get along very well with cats and smaller fuzzy
animals. The key to forging a good relationship
between the two is keeping a few important points in mind.
The greyhound is one of
the oldest breeds of hunting dogs. For over 5,000
years they have been bred to chase (and kill) smaller prey.
Some greyhounds have a much stronger prey drive than others
and would not do well in a home with smaller animals, while
others seem disinterested or even afraid of the smaller pets
and do extremely well. Kindred Spirits "cat tests" all
of our greyhounds prior to re-homing and will help you
introduce your new greyhound to your existing pets, but it
is up to you to give the supervision necessary to create a
good bond within the pack.
introductions to cats and smaller pets should take place
inside your home with the greyhound leashed and muzzled. If
you have multiple other pets the introductions should take
place one at a time. Lead the greyhound towards your other
pet while closely watching its reaction. Any hint of
aggression should be discouraged with a firm NO! When the
greyhound turns its head away or walks away from the cat it
should be lavishly praised. Let them approach each other
again, each time repeating the praise for good behavior and
the firm no for any unacceptable behavior. Greyhounds learn
quickly and often a good portion of this acclimation process
depends on the reactions of the other animal involved. If
they run, the greyhound will probably want to give chase and
this, of course, should be discouraged. Often cats that
hiss, growl or display threatening behaviors will dissuade
the greyhound from wanting to approach them at all. Respect
this and praise your hound as you lead him away. Remember,
if you remain calm and in control throughout this whole
exercise your animals are likely to pick up on this and
remain calm and less tense as well. Repeat this process
until you feel comfortable removing the muzzle from the
greyhound and allowing the two to meet face to face. Keep
the leash on the greyhound and keep the two separated when
you cannot closely supervise interactions until such a time
as you are absolutely sure that there will be no problems.
ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry.
A few more points to
- Just because your
greyhound and your cat (or other small furry critter)
get along well together in the house, chances are they
will NOT get along so well outside!
Even the most laid back greyhound will often show a
desire to chase and capture a cat outdoors.
assume that just because your greyhound gets along
fantastically with your cat that the same is going to
hold true for the neighbor's cat or the cat that came
along to visit with your mother-in-law.
- Greyhound Companions of
New Mexico has a wonderful series of articles on
greyhound behavior. Their link to
Greyhounds and Cats has a lot of added
information that may be valuable to new adopters.
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