Males and Females: Fact and Fiction

Myths abound in the Greyhound world about the differences between males and females. Just as we are urged to never judge a book by its cover, we urge prospective Greyhound adopters to never PRE-judge a dog by its gender. But more importantly, we urge you to remember that whatever their gender, each dog possesses his or her own, distinctive personality.

Contrary to popular misconceptions, males are rarely markers. Although some MAY try it once on their first day in your home, a simple correction accompanied by a redirection outdoors is all that’s required. Why? Because Greyhounds are very sensitive and take corrections very seriously.

Contrary to popular misconceptions, males do NOT cost more than females because they are larger. (One benefit to a male however: you don’t have to bend down as far to pet one.) Size plays little to no part in their adoption fees, their feeding costs, vet bills or the size of their crate and the amount of space they occupy in your home.

Contrary to popular misconceptions, males are often less dominant and “aggressive” than females. In fact, most are easygoing and submissive, and are NOT hard to handle on a leash. They are also VERY affectionate and may be more likely than females to be Velcro dogs, attaching themselves quickly and cozily to their owners. Females, on the other hand, tend to be more independent and determined. Some might even call them “spicy.”

While many adoptive families have had Greyhounds of both genders and see no difference with regard to their personality and tolerance, affection and gentleness, still other adopters prefer having only males. 

While there are some legitimate reasons to select one gender over another (for example, if the current resident dog only gets along with one gender and not the other), when stating your own preference as to which gender to call yours, we urge you to separate Greyhound fact from fiction before making your choice.