Greyhound racing is a dying sport, and as more tracks close for good, more former racers are looking for forever homes. But is a Greyhound dog right for you and your home? That depends.

Do you want a dog who is quiet and clean in the house? A dog who takes long, peaceful naps on the sofa, gazes adoringly into your eyes, never pesters you to throw a ball and is always up for a walk or a run? If that describes you, there's a good chance you'll be happy adopting a Greyhound.

Despite their image as driven athletes, Greyhounds are, in fact, what their owners commonly call "40-mile-an-hour couch potatoes," and while the speeds may vary, the general concept is dead on. Retired racing Greyhounds make wonderful pets and require much less exercise than you might expect. Regular walks and two or three good runs in a safe area each week should keep your sleek hound happy and healthy.

Weighing in between 60 and 85 pounds, Greyhounds have long legs and necks that make them seem larger than they are. Their short coats mean grooming needs are minimal: A quick swipe every other day with a "hound glove" (a two-sided combination of glove and brush) is perfect for removing dead hair and minimizing shedding.

Renowned for their gentle temperaments, Greyhounds are wonderful family dogs. Greyhounds are usually good with other dogs and with children. As with any of the quick-reacting "sighthound" breeds, there could be problems with cats and small dogs, so be careful if you have other pets.

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