Cheshire Dogs Home – Zara

Name: Zara      

Breed: Greyhound 29kg

Gender: Female

Age:  2 years 9 month

CDH Number: C10


Zara is a sweet, comical girl who can’t wait to start her new life, she started life as a racing greyhound where she was also a blood donor and helped save many lives. But is now looking forward to relaxing on a nice comfy sofa. Zara can be quite boisterous and bouncy but is a very lovable girl. She is a cheeky girl who loves her treats and has even started to sit for them, which is almost unheard of for a greyhound. She is very silly when out and about and enjoys showing off her greyhound zoomies, fishing for treats in the pool and even attempting to catch butterflies! She likes to cuddle people with her head once she has calmed down and loves a good neck scratch. Zara has now been here longer than any other greyhound this year although we can’t understand why.

Due to her previous training Zara does have a very high prey drive, she would not be able to live with any cats or small animals but her owners would also need to be aware of her reactions around small dogs, she would benefit from further training and socialisation to help with this, she is trained to wear a muzzle on walks and we strongly advise that this is continued in her new home.

She would love a secure garden where she can run about and play safely. However generally, greyhounds are a very lazy breed, being nicknamed the 40mph couch potato!

Although she has never lived in a home, they generally adapt well and love nothing better than a comfy place to stretch out and snooze the day away, greyhounds do well with 2 or 3 shorter walks a day, greyhounds are built for speed, not stamina, and use up their energy in short bursts, this leaves lots of time for napping, cuddling and playing.

Generally, Greyhounds are quizzical, sometimes shy, very sensitive, and surprisingly gentle. They possess superior intelligence and can exhibit a quiet but surprising independence. These are not animals whose spirit has been broken by their training or racing experience.

Because of their early training, retired Greyhounds have never been without the company of other Greyhounds and have never had the opportunity to really be a puppy. They may need to act out some puppy behaviour, like chewing, which they typically quickly outgrow. They are eager to please and can be trained with patience, consistency and positive reinforcement. They are used to walking on the lead and will learn to heel quickly. Most Greyhounds do not know how to sit, climb stairs, or play games only because they have not yet learned. With time they can learn all of these things. Likewise, they have not been exposed to general household items, hoovers, tv’s and suchlike, they generally adapt quickly but will need time to adjust to these new experiences.

Do you have room on your sofa for a retired greyhound?

For further information or to enquire about meeting Zara please contact Cheshire Dogs Home on 0844 504 1212

If you are interested in adopting a dog from Cheshire Dogs Home, please email reception on [email protected] with some information about yourselves, who lives in your home, your lifestyle and why you are interested in this particular dog.

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