Greyhounds can be very cheap if you're willing to take a rescue but there are a handful of health issues to be aware of.
How much do Greyhounds cost?
We found Greyhound prices to range between $200 and $4,500 in Australia.
Cheaper Greyhounds tended to be older, in some cases they were free. There are also lots of rescue Greyhounds in Australia. With young purebreds, you can expect to pay closer to $4,500, and in some cases, even more. Just make sure you get one from a registered breeder.
To get these costs, we looked at over 30 prices from breeders across Australia on sites including Gumtree, Dogzonline and Trading Post.
How much does pet insurance cost for a Greyhound?
Pet insurance for a greyhound is likely to cost you between $57 and $249, depending on its age, where you live and its health.
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Dr Sam Kovac: Frequently asked questions about Greyhounds
"Greyhounds thankfully are very healthy pets. They're one of the only pure bred dogs that don't really suffer from any inherited problems but they can be prone to a couple of spinal conditions. Generally, Greyhounds are very genetically healthy and don't need to go to the vet that often. The biggest health issue with them is skin lacerations. They tend to have very thin paper like skin, so when they're walking around or going for a run, they can get snagged on things and this can cause lacerations or little cuts in the skin. Their skin doesn't heal the same as other breeds of dogs. It takes a bit longer so finding a vet with experience looking after Greyhounds is important."
"Greyhounds are excellent family pets. A lot of people think Greyhounds aren't affectionate but any Greyhound afficionado will tell you that they're just as affectionate as other dogs and an excellent family pet. They don't shed as much as other breeds of animals and surprisingly, they don't require a huge amount of exercise, despite being built for speed and loving to go for a run. The best thing about them is they're relatively low maintenance so they suit the elderly, busy families or people who have variable amounts of time in which they can exercise their dogs."
"Greyhounds are definitely not aggressive animals despite their appearance and in some states requiring muzzles to be allowed out in public. The issue that Greyhounds have with aggression is they have been built as excellent hunters. They love to chase rabbits, and any fluffy little creatures like ferrets, guinea pigs, etc – so you've got to be careful if you've got any pocket pets because they can often chase them and their prey instinct takes over. So as long as you don't have a small pocket pet, they're definitely not aggressive."
"Greyhounds can bark a lot when they get excited but they probably bark less than any other breed that I know about. They're known to give a warning bark only. They're pretty pathetic guard dogs because they would never attack anyone coming in but they may give a warning bark."
"Greyhounds really benefit from short fast bursts of activity because they've got what are called fast twitch muscle fibres so they can get exhausted very quickly after a 20-minute walk. But to go for a 20-minute run, they could do that multiple times a day. If you want to get a Greyhound, you need to be prepared to let them run for short bursts of time and just let them run."
Dr Sam Kovac, a Sydney-based general practice vet, believes in extending the lifespan of animals through ground-breaking treatments. He founded Southern Cross Vet, with clinics in St Peters, Bellevue Hill and Surry Hills.
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