What is a tigerDog? - Frequently Asked Questions.

Do they *need* that much sleep?. Yes. Really? YES. Why?....

The original tigerDog, Zack, was actually a lurcher. This means he was only part greyhound. Going by all appearances the other part was probably a mattress...

Lurchers are not strictly a breed, rather a mongrel that has some greyhound in it's ancestry. A lurcher can be bred from a greyhound and a more "common" dog, or bred from a lurcher. Complicated isn't it?.. So, as greyhounds and lurchers share most traits, they will be referred to as greyhounds for the remainder of this section.

So what is a greyhound?

A greyhound is a class of sighthound. They are bred to chase and with the ability to reach a top speed of 45mph they tend to catch their intended prey, which are usually hares.

The greyhound breed is one of the oldest known and in the 11th century in England laws were passed forbidding the ownership and use of the greyhound by "commoners". At the same time the punishment for killing a greyhound was death by hanging.

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Are greyhounds aggressive?

Although greyhounds are bred to chase, they are among the most gentle and placid of breeds. They form very strong bonds with their human family and only ever want to please.

Due to their loving and relaxed (usually horizontally relaxed, wrapped up in a duvet, snoring) attitude, greyhounds do not make good guard dogs. If a greyhound does bark it is usually out of excitement and not aggression.

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Are greyhounds indoor pets?

Most definitely YES! They have little body fat and short coats so they tend to feel the cold very quickly. Due to their highly sociable nature they also like to be around the human "pack". Greyhounds easily adapt to your routine and are affectionate, placid and gentle dogs who only want to be loved.

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Are greyhounds good with children?

Many books describe greyhounds as being too "highly-strung" to tolerate children. This is completely false. Greyhounds have a very calm and loving personality and will take fuss from anyone, adult or child!

In general all dogs, regardless of breed, should be supervised whilst interacting with children, by an adult. It is always easy to blame the animal if anything happens, however most dogs will only go "offensive" when all defensive moves have failed. A growl or bark is a pre-cursor and means "I don't like what you're doing to me, please go away".

A good example is Jake. He occasionally growls at me, we call this his "pinky-knickers" mood. He growls when he's tired and and when he's tired, his legs go pink!

I usually respond by growling back... I do this for two reasons, I trust Jake not to bite and I am stupid. Don't try this at home (the growling bit obviously, feel free to be stupid....)

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Are there any health issues?

On the whole the greyhound is a pure breed, free of congenital problems.

However care has to be taken if the animal has to be anaesthetised. The most common anaesthetics are barbiturate based and due to the lack of body fat within a greyhound, they cannot disperse the drug in the usual manner. This is potentially life threatening.

Please ensure that your vet understands the implication of greyhound anesthesia and uses a suitable anesthetic.

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Do greyhounds need lots of exercise?

NO. This is a very common misconception. Greyhounds are sprinters, used to short bursts of activity followed by long, long, very long periods of rest and relaxation. A greyhound has two modes, on and off and for the majority of the time it is definitely off.

As a guide, our tigerDogs require 8 hours of sleep a day and around ten to twelve hours of sleep at night...

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Finally....

Go on. Get your own tigerDog. You know it makes sense!