Greyhound Trust South Lakes
Charity numbers:  269668 & SCO4404

Fostering and Homing Greyhounds in Cumbria and the South Lakes

This website covers all the Greyhounds coming to the branch from 1st January 2018. To see the 500+ Greyhounds homed between July 2004 and December 2017 visit

Greyhound Idiosyncrasies

A Greyhound's health differs from other dogs and some of these idiosyncrasies are listed below:

The heart rate while resting is 29 beats per minute.

The heart rate after running 100 meters can be up to 500 beats per minute, that's 8 beats per second and shifting over 6.5 litres of blood per minute though veins the thickness of a pencil.

A Greyhound will completely recirculate it's blood 5 times during a single lap of the track.

By ratio a Greyhound's heart is 3 times the size of a human heart.

11% of their body weight is blood.

Greyhounds make amazing blood donors and are able to give blood transfusions to any other breed of dog.

The highly oxygenated blood has significantly higher red blood cell counts, in some cases as much as 30% higher than other breeds.

With the eyes of a Greyhound being in the side of their head they can actually see behind them and it's estimated they have 270° vision.