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Old 06-03-2005, 05:47 PM
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Just do any Google search. And, for instance:

The thousands of greyhounds that are surplus to the racing industry are more likely to end their days, not in front of a warm fire, but drowned, poisoned, beaten to death, starved, dumped on the streets or impounded and destroyed.

Greyhound puppies are killed if they fail to reach racing standards. Around two thirds are deemed fit, whilst the others will be put to death before they reach a year old.

Substantial numbers of greyhounds are exported to Spain for racing, hunting and coursing. Conditions in some Spanish kennels are appalling and many greyhounds are locked up 23 hours a day. Hunters and coursers often dispose of unwanted dogs by hanging and other horrifically cruel methods.

The natural lifespan of a greyhound is about 14 years, but the lives of most of those in racing end at 2 years old. Most greyhound owners and trainers, who are in the business to make a profit, are not prepared to pay the costs of allowing greyhound to live out their natural lives. Many are not even willing to pay the price of having the dogs humanely put to sleep by a vet.

There is just no way that good homes could ever be found for so many thousands of greyhounds every year. Greyhound racing inevitably leads to massive killing and suffering. The only real solution is abolition.
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Old 06-03-2005, 05:52 PM
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hmm... Yeah, that's what I have been hearing. I remember I was watching animal planet, with animal cops, and some guy beat (or maybe poisoned, it was a long time ago) his dog to death because he couldn't afford putting him to sleep.
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Old 06-03-2005, 06:20 PM
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Well, good luck! And yes, Labradors and Goldens are both really smart and active and are highly trainalbe. Terriers are active and smart, but they aren't highly trianable. lol They would rather do their own thing, thank you very much.
Oh, one other thing, if you do get a Greyhound, never let if offleash in an unfenced area and make sure that the fences you have are around 6ft high.
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Old 06-03-2005, 06:22 PM
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Well, good luck! And yes, Labradors and Goldens are both really smart and active and are highly trainalbe. Terriers are active and smart, but they aren't highly trianable. lol They would rather do their own thing, thank you very much.
Oh, one other thing, if you do get a Greyhound, never let if offleash in an unfenced area and make sure that the fences you have are around 6ft high.
ok, thank you
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Old 06-04-2005, 08:14 AM
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To answer your question about mutts being 'smarter', everything depends on what mix the dog is and more than anything what its parents were like. Obviously you won't know those things if you get a dog from a shelter, BUT you will have many options and if you take time to interact with the dog and get a feel for its personality, you should be able to find a great companion! A plus is that many shelter dogs come already spayed/neutered or with certificates for discounts on the surgery at a local animal hospital.
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Old 06-04-2005, 10:29 AM
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Yeah I see, my dad was telling me that statisticly they are smarter, but when he owned mutts some of them were stupid. Some had a peeing problem, and other were intelligent.
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Old 06-04-2005, 04:51 PM
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what makes them special? Are they active? I was thinking about an intelligent dog, are mutts smart? How about Terriers, or do they need a lot of attention?
I have two mixes/mutts (the tan dog, and the dog in my avatar), and they're both really smart dogs. One of Tippy's nicknames is Ms. Smartypants (because she knows a lot and thinks she knows everything). The tan dog, Colby, is a terrier/canaan dog mix. She can be stubborn at times but she is amazingly quick, both physically and mentally. Terriers tend to be pretty stubborn little things, pretty much they obey when they want to obey and don't obey when they don't want to obey.
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