Greyhound owners and adoption groups consider Greyhounds to be wonderful pets.
Greyhounds are quiet, gentle, and loyal to owners. Generally, the Greyhound is not a barker. Occasionally, the dog may bark or 'roo.' They are very loving creatures, and they enjoy the company of their humans and other dogs. Whether a Greyhound enjoys the company of other small animals or cats depends on the individual dog's personality. Greyhounds typically will chase small animals; those lacking a high 'prey drive' will be able to coexist happily with toy dog breeds and/or cats.
Greyhounds live most happily as pets in quiet environments. They do well in families with children as long as the children are taught to properly treat a Greyhound. Greyhounds have a sensitive nature, and gentle commands work best as training methods.
Greyhounds generally are not barkers, (which is beneficial in suburban environments,) and they are usually as friendly to strangers as they are with their own family.
A very common misconception regarding Greyhounds is that they are hyperactive. In retired racing Greyhounds, this is usually not the case. Greyhounds can live comfortably as apartment dogs, as they do not require much space and sleep close to 18 hours per day. In fact, due to their calm temperament, Greyhounds can make better "apartment dogs" than smaller, more active breeds.
At the race track, Greyhounds are housed in crates for upwards of 20 hours per day, and most know of no other way of life than to remain in a crate the majority of the day. Crate training a retired greyhound in a home is therefore generally extremely easy
Contrary to popular belief, Greyhounds do not need extended periods of daily exercise! They are big couch potatos