Aw Kate - my boy is beautiful
Kim, all greyhounds by law in Australia must be muzzled in public - it's an antiquated law that unfortunatley feeds the common misconception that they are aggressive animals -- but like any breed, there are a few that are aggressive and have caused injuries to humans and other dogs.
Fortunately in Victoria and some other states, greyhounds that are adopted through that state's Greyhoung Racing board (such as the Victorian Greyhound Adoption Program) do not require a muzzle in public.
They are easily identifiable to the authorities (and those in the know) as GAP dogs because of the green collar they have to wear in public.
Because greys are bred for athleticism and not for looks, they tend to live very long, healthy lives and require little vet intervention. For example, they don't get hip displaysia as they age which many other dogs get.
Racing dogs have a very strict and usually soft food diet as they need to be kept ultra-thin for racing. One bad side effect of the soft diet is bad teeth. I have to brush my boy's teeth daily with Salvol or he has THE worst breath, poor thing. Our guy has put on a bit of weight since we've had him and his coat now is gloriously soft and shiny. I swear, you wouldn't pat a softer dog.
The muzzles are worn to stop them from biting other dogs, even in play. Greys have almost no body fat, so their injuries, even a small scrape, can be like an open tear. So the muzzles are there for their own protection, really.
And because they have very little body fat, they have to lie on something soft. Our guy has a foam mattress inside and one outside and a doona and coat to keep him warm on the cold days
Just keep moving! And don't be lazy...
SW: 74.3kg - 1/1/09
CW: 71.1kg - 3/5/09