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  • Do you rehome to families with children?
    Yes! Every dog is different and we assess their ability to live with a child based on their history and their current behaviour assessment. Some dogs that come to us will have already lived with babies, and some may never have seen a child before. We do not have an age limit, it just entirely depends on the dog itself.
  • Do you rehome to families with cats?
    Unfortunately, as we are such a small rescue with very limited resources and time, we do not have the facilities to cat-test dogs. Therefore, we will only ever advertise a dog as cat-friendly if the dog has successfully lived with a cat before. Though many people tell us their cat is dog-savvy, a lot of the dogs we get are absolutely not cat-savvy.
  • What is your rehoming fee?
    Our rehoming fee is £200 (£250 for puppies as they require a lot more vet runs). The fee includes the dog being neutered, de-flead, de-wormed, microchipped, vaccinated, and includes 5 weeks free insurance.
  • Can I come and view all of your dogs?
    No. Our dogs are housed in a private kennels of which the public cannot enter. You will only be allowed to see the dogs if we have matched you with one and invite you to come and meet the dog.
  • How do you conduct home checks?
    Due to our limited resources and time, we do all our home checks via video. We ask for a full video run through of your home including the garden which you will then send to us to review. We will also ask for some form of ID for proof of address. A home check is vital to satisfy us that your home is suitable for a dog e.g no immediate dangers, secure fencing etc.
  • What is Cheshire Sighthound Rescue?
    Cheshire Sighthound Rescue is a not-for-profit rescue that specialises in rehoming Sighthounds.
  • How long have you been rehoming for?
    We began our journey in November 2019.
  • Are you a business?
    Unlike Dog's Trust (for example), we do not employ staff and we are not a business. Cheshire Sighthound Rescue is run by 3 people who actually have separate full-time jobs and they run this rescue in their spare time. We pay a private kennels to look after our dogs and everything we do is in our own personal time after work. Therefore, sometimes it may take us a while to answer questions or answer the phone so please be mindful of this.
  • Are Sighthounds good family pets?
    Sighthounds often make fantastic family pets. Greyhounds in particular are gentle giants and Lurchers (depending on their cross) are also fabulously fun pets. Every single dog is different so we don't like to generalise but on a whole Sighthounds can fit perfectly into a family setting.
  • What is a Martingale collar?
    It is a design of collar that helps prevent a dog from slipping out of their collar. Martingale collars are also known as greyhound or whippet collars. The martingale collar was designed for use with sighthounds because their necks are larger than their heads and they can often slip out of buckle collars.
  • What is a Fishtail collar?
    Fishtail collars are wider in the mid-part with both ends thinning away towards the buckle. Sighthound 'Fishtail' collars have the benefit of a wide surface area to spread out the pressure and prevent the hair and skin from damage.
  • Can a Sighthound live with a cat?
    In some cases, yes. There are plenty of Sighthounds that live with cats. However, it is not overly common as Sighthounds have been bred to chase fast moving prey - which cats can be mistaken for. Ex-racing Greyhounds are the most likely to not be cat-suitable but, again, it always depends on the individual dog. There are ways to safely cat-test a dog to find out which some rescues can do.
  • How much exercise do they need?
    Every breed of Sighthound varies in their exercise needs. If you're looking for a very lazy dog that primarily sleeps the day away, a Greyhound would suit you. They are known as couch potatoes and after a little zoomie or 20 minute walk, they will happily sleep for the rest of the day. If you're looking for a more energetic breed, you will be looking for more of a Saluki/Lurcher type. The Saluki breed has more stamina and is generally more sassy and Lurchers will be as energetic as the breed they are crossed with.
  • What is 'chattering'?
    Chattering is a very normal and endearing characteristic of (typically) Greyhounds. It is when their teeth chatter, which many people mistake for them being cold, but it is actually much like a cat purr showing that they're very happy or excited!
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