Have you ben looking at Greyador puppies while thinking about getting a new dog? Greyadors are a cross between the Greyhound and Labrador Retriever, and they make awesome pets in the right household.
However, you should always do your research before bringing a new pet into your home. Here’s what you need to know.
Where to Get Greyador Puppies
When looking for a mixed-breed dog, you may be able to go to a shelter and find the one you want. It’s much harder to find a purebred dog in a shelter since they’re highly desirable — especially responsibly bred ones, who usually have a contract in place to avoid this situation. Most of the dogs in shelters are mixed. Olive…
Some designer mixes can also be hard to find, but Labradors and Greyhounds are, unfortunately, pretty common in shelters. That means you might be able to find the exact dog you want — though it’d be helpful if you were open to an older dog or more of a mix.
The other place to get a puppy is a breeder. If you do through this route, you should do your best to avoid backyard breeders and puppy mills. These awful practices produce unhealthy, unhappy, unsocialized pups and it’s important not to encourage the business. Backyard breeders are especially rife in mixed breed circles, so be vigilant.
Your breeder should have a spay/neuter contract in place as well as health-tested parents and a willingness and openness to answer any questions. Responsibly bred pups do cost more, but it’s worth it in the end.
Because this is a mixed-breed dog, it’s hard to predict the exact cost as it’ll depend on the lines of the parents and the reputability of the breeder. Most breeders, however, won’t sell a puppy for less than around $500 as with vet checks and socializing, this is how much they can cost to raise. If a breeder is selling a puppy for much less, it’s a red flag about their upbringing. Nietz…
The Greyador will be taller than a Lab and probably leaner too, but not as lean as the Greyhound. They’ll have a short coat that could be any variety of colors. Otherwise, it’s hard to predict the exact appearance, so make sure you look at the parents!
Your Greyador will hopefully inherit the Lab’s sweet temperament. Labradors love to be with their people and are known to be gentle goofballs who are excellent with kids. Greyhounds, however, tend to be more reserved, so that’s something to watch out for — it’s hard to predict which traits your dog will inherit. Dallas…
They will definitely have high exercise needs, as both of these breeds are active dogs.
Because Greyhounds can have a bit of a prey drive and Labs are also hunting dogs, living with small animals may not be the best idea. There are other breeds that are better suited to homes with cats or even smaller pets.
Greyador Puppies’ Veterinary Needs
Greyhounds and Labradors are each prone to their own health issues such as bloat and eye issues. Whether your dog will inherit any of these is hard to tell, but you can make sure the parents are health-tested if you buy from a breeder. This should keep most genetic issues at bay.
Other than that, your dog will have the same needs as any other. Get them all of their puppy shots, and keep them away from other dogs until they’ve had them. Remember, parvovirus can be picked up even just from the ground where other dogs have walked, and it lives for a long time! Get their shoots boosted once a year, and keep up with flea and heartworm prevention medicine. Luna…
When choosing a kibble for your dog, you should do your research and remember that not all kibble is created equal. Some is full of more filler than nutrients, which can end up being detrimental for your dog’s health in the long run.
Ask your vet for advice and pick a reputable brand. You should also consider getting a food specifically for large breeds, if your dog falls into this size range. Avoid grain-free food, which has been linked to heart disease in dogs.
Some owners choose to feed their dogs a raw diet. While this has many benefits, you should do your research before deciding that’s the way to go. Since your dog is an omnivore, they need more than just meat to survive, and raw meals should be prepared by an expert. Don’t attempt to do it yourself with no research.
Raw can also be considerably more expensive than kibble. Sia…
Your dog will have a very short coat, so grooming shouldn’t be much of an issue. They’ll still shed, but you’ll have to brush them less than you would other dogs. Once every week should be sufficient to keep them in good shape.
You should also make sure you trim or file their nails around every six to eight weeks. You can use clippers or a Dremel. If your dog is intimidated by this process (which they might be, especially with the noise of a Dremel), provide lots of high-value treats and stay patient. It’ll soon seem like a positive thing!