What Is Greyhound Roaching? Everything You Need To Know

Greyhound lying upside down roaching

There’s plenty of urban definitions for the word ‘roaching’ out there, so what does it mean in the greyhound world?

greyhounds roaching on bed

What is greyhound roaching?

Roaching is a position lots of greyhounds like to snooze in. Lying on their backs with their legs in the air, they look a bit like dying cockroaches when they roach (which is where the name comes from).

Our greyhound Pepper is a master ‘freestyle’ roacher – she can sleep upside down absolutely anywhere. Our boy Finn prefers to roach when he’s resting up against a wall or lounge. Either way, it always gives us a chuckle seeing them in such silly positions!

greyhound lying on floor

Does roaching mean a greyhound is happy?

People tend to think that if a greyhound is roaching, it means that they’re happy. It’s usually a sign that a grey feels comfortable and safe in their environment, since the upside position would ordinarily leave them vulnerable to threats. If you’ve brought a new greyhound home, roaching is a good sign that they’ve settled in.

2 greyhounds on bed relaxing

Is greyhound roaching normal?

While roaching is pretty common, not all greyhounds like lying in this position, so if you can’t seem to catch your fur baby in the roaching position it doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t content. On the other side of the spectrum, some greys are obsessed with roaching and will do it anywhere (Pepper is one of these!), so it doesn’t always mean they comfortable either.

greyhounds sleeping having fun

Regardless, roaching is one of those quirky greyhound traits that greyhound owners love to see!

greyhound in cage sleeping roaching

Poppy xoxo

Want to read more about greyhounds? Take a look at this post I’ve written on 9 reasons why greyhounds make the best family pets.

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