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Greyhound insurance and breed information

Sensitive, sweet and extremely speedy. Greyhounds may love the thrill of the chase, but at home it's more about the snoozing.

A happy-looking Greyhound in a meadow surrounded by yellow flowers.A happy-looking Greyhound in a meadow surrounded by yellow flowers.A happy-looking Greyhound in a meadow surrounded by yellow flowers.

At a glance

Around 1 hour of exercise per day

Life expectancy of 8 to 10 years

Large, 25kg to 35kg

Sensitive, gentle, easy-going

Silhouette of a Greyhound showing their height to be 62cm to 72cm

Around 1 hour of exercise per day

Life expectancy of 8 to 10 years

Large, 25kg to 35kg

Sensitive, gentle, easy-going

Silhouette of a Greyhound showing their height to be 62cm to 72cm

Greyhound – big dog, bigger heart

They might love to tear up a racing track, but at heart, the Greyhound is a sensitive breed. These gentle giants are suited to a calm home where they can relax and sleep.

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Buying or rehoming a Greyhound

You can often find Greyhounds up for adoption in shelters. It is also possible to buy a Greyhound puppy from a reputable breeder. Whichever route you choose, you need to get ready before they arrive. Consider the following:

  • Make sure your home is safe for your dog and give them a cosy spot to sleep
  • Find out the best diet for greyhounds and buy some food in advance. Greyhounds can be picky eaters
  • Buy a collar, lead, ID tag and dog bowls
  • Prepare your family for the new arrival. Greyhounds are sensitive and can struggle if the household is too full-on
  • Make sure your garden is secure. Greyhounds love to run and chase
  • Greyhounds have short, sleek coats that can be prone to shedding. Regular brushing is recommended. Your grooming routine should include regular dental checks and teeth brushing
  • Greyhounds prefer bursts of energy, so a couple of shorter walks a day is ideal for exercise
  • As with any dog, greyhounds are prone to some health conditions. Look at pet insurance to help towards the cost

Fun fact

Greyhounds can run up to 45mph. The only faster land animal is the cheetah.

Top 5 health conditions in Greyhounds

We’ve put together the most common claimed for conditions for Greyhounds. These are based on MORE THAN pet insurance customer claims.

Condition
Number of claims
Average paid out
47
£778.19
42
£694.55
28
£603.79
22
£1,739.73
21
£953.04
Condition
Number of claims
47
Average paid out
£778.19
Condition
42
Average paid out
£694.55
Condition
28
Average paid out
£603.79
Condition
22
Average paid out
£1,739.73
Condition
21
Average paid out
£953.04
Based on MORE THAN data 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023. Average cost paid out includes excess.

Common health issues and problems in Greyhounds

Overall Greyhounds are considered a healthy breed, often living up to 13 years.

Like most dog breeds, they can be prone to certain health conditions. Some of these are due to genetics or commonalities within the breed.

Click on the hotspots to find out more about the Greyhound’s most common health issues. Information provided by our in-house vet team (November 2023).

Greyhound hotspots illustration
vWD
Arthritis or osteoarthritis
Periodontal disease
Bloat

How are premiums likely to grow for older Greyhounds?

Dogs become more expensive to insure as they age. This is due to many factors, including the likelihood of vet checks and illnesses. As they get older, dogs are also more likely to develop conditions associated with the breed.

Greyhounds are considered a healthy breed. They are, however, prone to some health conditions, including dental disease. As your dog ages, these conditions are more likely to surface. This leads to higher premiums as they get older.

Luke Mallion, our in house vet, seated.
A green Quote, speech mark.
"Suited to a calmer environment, Greyhounds have a quiet, sensitive, gentle demeanour and enjoy exercise through short bursts of energy rather than lengthy walks. They are best suited to cat-free households as their chase instinct may cause them to see the smaller pets as prey."
Luke Mangion, MORE THAN Vet

Greyhound temperament and family friendliness

Greyhounds are even-tempered, independent and calm. They can fit in well with a family environment, however their sensitive nature makes them suited to a calm home.  A busy household with lots of young children could unsettle them.

Greyhounds love spending time with their humans and can thrive on your company. They are also hunters at heart, and very fast. Out on walks, they could get the urge to chase another animal they view as prey.

Family friendly

  • Calm
  • Even-tempered
  • Loving
  • Energetic
A black and white Greyhound standing still in a field
A grey greyhound standing in a field
Brindle Greyhound running through a field
A black and white Greyhound standing still in a field
A grey greyhound standing in a field
A black and white Greyhound standing still in a field
A grey greyhound standing in a field
Brindle Greyhound running through a field

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