Quiz about Greyhounds Not What You May Think
Quiz about Greyhounds Not What You May Think

Greyhounds: Not What You May Think Quiz


Greyhounds are not just for racing. They actually make great pets as well. Here is some info you may find interesting about these misunderstood dogs and some of their history, especially if you'd like to own one.

A multiple-choice quiz by fredsixties. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Dec 03 21
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1. There are about 30 recognized color variations, including all possible combinations, for the modern greyhound.

True
False

2. In the sport of greyhound racing, what is the main reason for muzzles to be worn? Hint

To prevent injury to other greyhounds
Because they are naturally aggressive
To prevent the dogs from biting the handlers
Easier for the photo finish camera to determine a winner when racing

3. What would be a reason to give an adult greyhound lots of daily exercise? Hint

To train as show dogs
To maintain their condition and form
No reason. They don't require it.
In case they want to return to racing are being retired

4. What is 'crate training" in the world of greyhounds? Hint

Dogs are trained to be in small crates for long periods of time
All dogs are fed simultaneously from a large trough known as a 'crate"
Race training by running through crates to simulate tight quarters
Dogs are trained to dig "craters" to hunt game

5. When would you want your greyhound to see a veterinarian with special training with this breed? Hint

You'll get a break on pet health insurance
Dogs that have raced have always been cared for these doctors
These dogs don't really require the care of a specialist
Their care may require specialist knowledge of the breed

6. Do greyhounds make good family pets?

Yes
No

7. What is the best way to acquire a greyhound as a pet? Hint

Greyhound Adoption and Rescue Groups
From a neighbor who breeds them
Local Pet Shop
Kennel

8. Greyhounds adapt easily to environmental climate changes and temperatures.

True
False

9. What was the original reason for greyhounds to be bred prior to the 20th century? Hint

Racing
Hunting and Coursing
Family Pets
They were considered sacred, and given to royalty

10. What would be the preferred type of bedding for your greyhound? Hint

Hard surface such as a hardwood floor
Soft bedding such as pillows
They can sleep outdoors in grass or dirt
A sandbox


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. There are about 30 recognized color variations, including all possible combinations, for the modern greyhound.

Answer: True

There are approximately 30 recognized color forms, of which variations of white, brindle, fawn, black, red and blue (gray) can appear uniquely or in combination. Greyhounds are also a short hair breed which makes their coat easy to maintain and groom. There are 18 "official" colors.
2. In the sport of greyhound racing, what is the main reason for muzzles to be worn?

Answer: To prevent injury to other greyhounds

Greyhounds, contrary to popular belief, are not naturally aggressive animals. The main reason for muzzles to be work during racing is to prevent injuries to other dogs. Greyhounds have the tendency to nip at the other dogs during racing and periods of excitement. Since they have very thin skin and minor cuts will require stitches, and probably time away from racing.
3. What would be a reason to give an adult greyhound lots of daily exercise?

Answer: No reason. They don't require it.

Contrary to popular belief, adult Greyhounds do not need extended periods of daily exercise,(20 minutes twice a day should suffice for most dogs) as they are bred for sprinting rather than endurance. A very common misconception regarding Greyhounds is that they are hyperactive, but this is far from the truth. They sleep close to 16 hours per day. Not much need for exercise there.
4. What is 'crate training" in the world of greyhounds?

Answer: Dogs are trained to be in small crates for long periods of time

Since greyhounds spend a good portion of their lives in a kennel before they are adopted, they are usually crate trained. At some race tracks, greyhounds are kept in crates for upwards of 20 hours per day, and most know of nothing else. Crate training a retired greyhound in a home is generally extremely easy because it's already been done by the prior owner.
5. When would you want your greyhound to see a veterinarian with special training with this breed?

Answer: Their care may require specialist knowledge of the breed

Due to the unique makeup of greyhounds, a veterinarian who understands the issues specific to the breed is generally needed when the dogs need treatment, particularly when an anesthetic is required. Greyhounds cannot tolerate certain anesthesia, because they have lower amounts of specific enzymes in their livers. Greyhounds also have unusual blood chemistry, which can be misinterpreted by veterinarians not familiar with the breed.
6. Do greyhounds make good family pets?

Answer: Yes

Greyhounds live most happily as pets in quiet environments. They do well in families with children, as long as the children are taught to treat them properly. They have a sensitive nature, and gentle commands work best as training methods. In fact, due to their calm temperament, they can make good "apartment dogs".

They are generally not barkers, which is helpful in neighborhood environments (nothing worse than a barking dog when you're trying to sleep), and they are usually as friendly to strangers as they are with their own family.
7. What is the best way to acquire a greyhound as a pet?

Answer: Greyhound Adoption and Rescue Groups

Greyhound adoption or greyhound rescue programs focus on finding homes for Greyhounds who are no longer needed for racing. In some countries they live in kennels at the track. Most greyhound adoption programs are based in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Greyhound rescue is a critical aspect of the career of a racing dog. Retired racers that do not find adoptive homes are usually put down and that is sad.
8. Greyhounds adapt easily to environmental climate changes and temperatures.

Answer: False

Greyhounds have very thin skin and very short fur. Combined with their low body fat, coats or sweaters are required when outside in cold weather. Some owners even put boots on their greyhounds in very cold temperatures. The lack of an undercoat also makes a greyhound more susceptible to extreme temperatures so, for this reason, it is best to house them indoors.
9. What was the original reason for greyhounds to be bred prior to the 20th century?

Answer: Hunting and Coursing

Until the early 20th century, greyhounds were principally bred and trained for hunting and coursing, which is the pursuit of game. They would typically course animals such as rabbits, hares, foxes, jackrabbits, and even coyotes. In the British Isles and in Europe, there was coursing of deer. Later, they also specialized in competition hare coursing. During the 1920s, modern greyhound racing was introduced into the United States and England as well as Ireland.
10. What would be the preferred type of bedding for your greyhound?

Answer: Soft bedding such as pillows

The greyhound's physique makes it difficult and uncomfortable to sleep on hard surfaces. They are prone to develop painful skin sores if there is no soft bedding available. The dogs enjoy resting on beds and sofas, often sleeping or dozing 16 hours a day or more.

They often create a pile of bedding material such as blankets that can cushion their deep rib cage, but that can make it difficult for them to get comfortable so owners of greyhounds generally provide soft bedding.
Source: Author fredsixties

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