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Ex-racing Greyhounds search for a quiet life

Greyhounds are often misunderstood by potential owners, who believe the breed's racing history means they'll be too energetic for their household. Greyhound owners, however, tell a different story and often describe their dogs as 'couch potatoes'.

In an effort to persuade those looking for a new addition to their family, Battersea Cat & Dogs Home is raising awareness for some of the homeless hounds in its care. Each year, dozens of ex-racers come into Battersea in search of a home. Having spent their entire lives on the racing tracks, all they want is a bit of love – and some space to chill out.

Sally loves to relax

Battersea’s Rehoming Manager, Rebecca Fisher, said, "There are a lot of misconceptions about Greyhounds. People think they are unsuitable pets because of their racing background, but that couldn’t be further away from the truth.  They’re so affectionate and so much more chilled out and lazy than our other canine residents.

"Contrary to popular belief, Greyhounds don’t need lots of exercise. Give them a 20-minute walk and they will happily spend the rest of the day lazing around. They love snacking and cuddling, and would really suit a relaxed family home."

Snowdrop snoozes with his toys

Joe chills out in the sofa room

Meet Sally. She'll choose a duvet day over a workout any day, but is still looking for a home after 75 days at Battersea. The three-year-old has been pictured along with some of her fellow Greyhounds, four-year-old Joe and one-year-old Snowdrop, occupying the sofa room at Battersea.

To find out more about the dogs needing a home, visit the Battersea website.