An ex-racing greyhound is hoping his hilarious smile will win someone over and help find him a home.
At nearly three years old, Ross has recently retired from the track – but has never lived in a home.
The "excitable" pooch’s party trick is showing off his teeth in a cheesy grin, just like when Friends character Ross got his teeth whitened, reports TeamDogs.
Cheshire Dogs Home, based in Warrington, said: “Ross is an excitable boy who has recently retired from racing, he can’t wait to see what the big wide world has in store for him.
"As you can see his most distinguishing feature are his amazing 'teefs', we have no doubt that he will turn heads as you walk down the street.”
The grinning greyhound has never been without the company of other dogs, having moved from racing kennels to rescue kennels – and as such, is likely to act out some puppy behaviour in his new home.
A spokesperson for the charity added: “Ross may need to act out some puppy behaviour, like chewing, which ex-racers typically quickly outgrow. Greyhounds are eager to please and can be trained with patience, consistency and positive reinforcement.
“Most greyhounds do not know how to sit, climb stairs, or play games only because they have not yet learned. With time they can learn all of these things. Likewise, they have not been exposed to general household items, hoovers, TVs and suchlike, they generally adapt quickly but will need time to adjust to these new experiences.”
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Ross is looking for a home without any cats or small animals, due to a very high prey drive found in many retired racers.
Cheshire Dogs Home said: “He is sociable with larger dogs, however dogs with high prey drive can sometimes mistake a small running dog in the park for the lure they have been trained to chase, he is trained to wear a muzzle on walks and we strongly advise that this is continued in his new home.
“He would love a secure garden where he can run about and play safely. However generally, greyhounds are a very lazy breed, being nicknamed the 40mph couch potato!
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“Ross will love nothing better than a comfy place to stretch out and snooze the day away. Greyhounds do well with two or three shorter walks a day, as they are built for speed, not stamina, and use up their energy in short bursts, this leaves lots of time for napping, cuddling and playing.
“Generally, greyhounds are quizzical, sometimes shy, very sensitive, and surprisingly gentle. They possess superior intelligence and can exhibit a quiet but surprising independence.”
If you are interested in adopting Ross from Cheshire Dogs Home or would like more information, contact the rescue on 0300 102 1212 or email reception on [email protected] for an application form.
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