Greyhound Question

Are greyhound an intelligent breed?

Are greyhound an intelligent breed?

    In Greyhound - Asked by Anonymous - 9/20/2010 9:49:59 AM
    Answered by Anonymous - 10/11/2010 5:40:22 AM

Sighthounds are often thought of as not having a lot of intelligence due to their apparent lack of ability in dog sports requiring technical obedience skills. Greyhounds however have amazing ability when problem solving on their own. They will figure out complicated latches and once learned will open them with remarkable speed and dexterity.
    Answered by cashelfarm - 11/17/2010 2:52:17 AM

Once upon returning home from a lure coursing competition with my veteran male who had retired from a long and very successful racing career - a chicken flew out of the rafters of a barn right in front of him and he killed her instantly. As this is a behavior that he was trained to do I of course didn't punish him but took him straight to the yard. A few months later I had forgotten the previous incident and upon unloading him from the truck another hysterical hen flapped down in front of him. I expected the worst but instead of jumping the hen and dispatching her in seconds he stood his ground and looked up as if to say "I know now that you don't want me to kill those." I'm not suggesting that all greyhounds can be trained not to kill - but in this one case it was evident that an amazing amount of deep thought and problem solving was at work. Anyone who thinks their greyhound is a dummy is destined to be outsmarted by it.
    Answered by cashelfarm - 11/17/2010 3:00:33 AM

I guess it depends on the dog ... and the commitment of the owner. We have heard you cannot train a greyhound like you can other breeds, but ours sits (in a sphinx-like position), jumps, and barks on command. He also knows the command 'wait'. I clean his feet after every walk and he is told to wait at the door while I go to the laundry room to get his bucket to dip his feet for a rinse. He patiently waits at the door as told and never walks beyond the entrance with his muddy feet in my absence. He also waits while his food is being dished out and doesn't barge in until he is given go-ahead to eat. We've made very clear boundaries and he is well aware of these. HOWEVER, as a previous poster said, they are clever enough to problem solve so our home has become increasingly dog proofed as when we are not around, he is capable of finding rather cheeky ways to entertain himself.
    Answered by Anonymous - 2/25/2011 12:33:08 AM

My retired racer learns new commands quickly. He has learned unusual commands such as No Squirrel so he doesn't chase them while walking. Still is used to keep him from breaking things his tail included when he's excited
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/10/2013 4:03:32 PM