Welcome to Barley Kennels
Here are a selection of frequently asked questions about greyhounds. Please also view our useful info on re-homing a greyhound page, please click here. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.
They are loyal, friendly, affectionate, gentle, quiet, clean, loving, sensitive and good-natured.
Some are and some are not. This should be discussed when making an enquiry so that the right dog is matched with the right owner.
No. They are naturally calm animals and very relaxed in a home environment. They are often correctly described as ‘couch potatoes’ - they spend most of the day lazing about.
As good as any dog and better than most, because of their characteristic gentleness.
No. An old quilt folded in two is perfect. But they are used to sleeping off the ground and will need no encouragement to try to take over your bed or settee. They do like to stretch out.
Toilet considerations apart, very little indeed. Twenty minutes, twice a day is usually more than enough.
Normally ok. There will be an initial wariness, but familiarity and common sense is the order of the day.
No but is recommended when you are out and about. They are quite used to it and normally do not mind wearing one at all. If you feel you need to let your dog off the lead, a confined space and the wearing of a muzzle is recommended.
No. Males and females make equally good pets.
Yes very well. They are used to travelling and so travel by car poses no problems.
Greyhounds are normally between 24 and 29 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 50 and 80 pounds. Females are generally smaller than males.
No. They are generally cheaper to feed than most other breeds because tinned foods tend to be too rich. A bag of a good complete food can form the basis of a good diet.
Yes provided there is room in the kennels so please book early. Our charges are far cheaper than general holiday kennels. Also the surroundings are familiar to the greyhound which makes it nicer for them.
Most are between 2 and 5 years of age and some are younger or older. The life expectancy is between 12 to 15 years.
What qualities make a greyhound a good pet?
Are greyhounds compatible with cats or other pets?
Are greyhounds highly strung?
Are greyhounds good with children?
Will I need a special bed for the dog?
How much exercise do they need?
How do greyhounds get on with other dogs?
Is wearing a muzzle obligatory?
Do females make better pets?
Do greyhounds travel well in cars?
What is the size of a greyhound?
Are greyhounds expensive to feed?
Can you look after the greyhound when we go on holiday?
What age is the retired greyhound likely to be and what is the life expectancy?
Useful web links
AK Creations (handmade, made-to-measure greyhound, whippet and lurcher coats, collars, pyjamas and may more items)
Blue Cross (A lifeline for animals ....) Tel: 01993 822651
Burgess Supadog (A new, unique and tasty food specially created for pet Greyhounds and Lurchers)
Dogs Trust (Largest dog welfare charity in the UK) Tel: 020 7837 0006
Happy Dog Care Dog Walking - Dog Day Care - Dog Hotel
Lake District Holidays for you and your greyhound A lovely B&B where you and your greyhound will find a warm welcome
Mark Wallis - Greyhound Trainer
Pujol Torguet S.L. (Company dedicated to the porcine integration and to the cattle production. Feed, food additives, disinfectants. Also, veterinary advice and training courses in animal well-being)
Rescue Aid for Animals (Connecting Rescues, Volunteers and Animals in need)
Silver Peacock Luxury Greyhound Collars & Jackets
The Race Horse Sanctuary Racing through our Rehabilitation, Retraining and Sanctuary Programmes.
Greyhounds make the ideal pet ... and you'll feel proud to own one
For re-homing enquiries please call Joy at the kennel on 01992 890540
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The Greyhound Trust Harlow branch (Barley Kennels) is a branch of the national registered charity 'The Greyhound Trust' (Registered Charity Numbers: 269668, SC044047) and all data is processed in line with the Greyhound Trust’s national privacy notice and data protection policy.
or write to us at Greyhound Trust, Park House, Park Terrace, Worcester Park, Surrey, KT4 7JZ