Greyhound

The greyhound is an ancient breed that has been depicted on the walls of Egyptian tombs that date back to 2900 BC. Traders brought the dogs to England around 900 AD. In England, hunters embraced greyhounds for their keen eyesight and astounding speed. The greyhound's natural prey is hare, but the dog was also used to hunt deer and foxes. Greyhounds made their way to America during the 1500s with the Spanish explorers. The greyhound was one of the earliest breeds shown in American dog show rings. In 1885, the American Kennel Club recognized the greyhound as a member of the hound group.

The Greyhound have long legs and flexible back enable them to run with ease and achieve high speeds that can clock at 40 miles per hour. They are tall and slender. Their long and tapered tail, which is normally carried downward when the dog is relaxed, extends straight out while the dog is running to serve as a rudder. Greyhounds stand 27 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh an average of 60 to 70 pounds. They are covered in a sleek, smooth coat that may be blue, white, black, red or fawn. The coat’s coloring may be solid, brindle or bi-colored. The short ears flip downward. This dog is a sprinter and equipped with long, strong legs and a muscular body that enable it to move at great speed. Its tail serves as a break when running at great speed. Its coat is short and smooth and needs minimal care. Personality: Greyhounds are known for their high running speeds. When outdoors, they need to be kept within a fenced yard, and they need to be kept on a firmly grasped leash when taken for walks. They have an instinctual need to run, especially if they catch sight of wildlife. Greyhounds are sight hounds, meaning that they hunt by sight. Indoors, greyhounds are calm and quiet. They are content to live as couch potatoes, and they can adapt to apartment living if they are provided with a couple of brisk walks every day. They get along well with children and other dogs. Many greyhounds, especially those that previously worked as racing dogs, see cats as prey and will hunt them. Due to their independent nature, greyhounds can be difficult to train. Greyhounds are not vigilant watchdogs. Even though the greyhound is known as the world's fastest dog breed it is quite lazy. They love cuddling up indoors and have moderate exercise needs that can be met with sprinting for short periods of time in safe areas. They are friendly towards strangers, children and make a great family companions. It is a timid dog but will start chasing if it picks up a trail.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Africa
Function
Life Span
10-13 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
English Greyhound, Greyhound

Greyhound Build Information

Size
Large
Length (Male)
27-33 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
> 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Warm

The Greyhound have long legs and flexible back enable them to run with ease and achieve high speeds that can clock at 40 miles per hour. They are tall and slender. Their long and tapered tail, which is normally carried downward when the dog is relaxed, extends straight out while the dog is running to serve as a rudder. Greyhounds stand 27 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh an average of 60 to 70 pounds. They are covered in a sleek, smooth coat that may be blue, white, black, red or fawn.

The coat’s coloring may be solid, brindle or bi-colored.

The short ears flip downward. This dog is a sprinter and equipped with long, strong legs and a muscular body that enable it to move at great speed. Its tail serves as a break when running at great speed. Its coat is short and smooth and needs minimal care.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

Greyhounds are known for their high running speeds. When outdoors, they need to be kept within a fenced yard, and they need to be kept on a firmly grasped leash when taken for walks. They have an instinctual need to run, especially if they catch sight of wildlife. Greyhounds are sight hounds, meaning that they hunt by sight. Indoors, greyhounds are calm and quiet. They are content to live as couch potatoes, and they can adapt to apartment living if they are provided with a couple of brisk walks every day. They get along well with children and other dogs.

Many greyhounds, especially those that previously worked as racing dogs, see cats as prey and will hunt them.

Due to their independent nature, greyhounds can be difficult to train. Greyhounds are not vigilant watchdogs. Even though the greyhound is known as the world's fastest dog breed it is quite lazy. They love cuddling up indoors and have moderate exercise needs that can be met with sprinting for short periods of time in safe areas. They are friendly towards strangers, children and make a great family companions. It is a timid dog but will start chasing if it picks up a trail.

Appearance

Colors
Black Blue Fawn Red White
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Fine

Greyhounds require minimal grooming. Using a grooming mitt once a week will remove dead hairs and redistribute the skin's natural oils to maintain the coat's luster. Greyhounds are prone to periodontal disease. Brushing the teeth on a daily basis will help to reduce plaque and tartar buildup and maintain overall internal health.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
Yes
Ideal for Tracking
No
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
Yes
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Greyhound rescue groups, greyhounds are proving themselves as mellow and affectionate companions for those who wish to offer a retired racing dog a chance at a happier life
  • The greyhound is an ancient breed that was brought to England from the Arabian region
  • Capable of running at a speed of 40 miles per hour, the greyhound is the fastest dog in the world
  • The greyhound is a quiet and gentle companion that can adapt to any home setting
  • The greyhound stands 27 to 30 inches tall and weighs an average of 60 to 70 pounds
  • Greyhounds have minimal energy levels
  • Greyhounds require minimal grooming
  • The average lifespan for a greyhound is 10 to 13 years

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Common Health Conditions in Greyhounds

Greyhounds live average lifespans of 10 to 13 years. Greyhounds have some unusual normal ranges when it comes to laboratory blood test values and physical examination findings, including low thyroid values and elevated blood pressure. Greyhounds also have sensitivities to some anesthetics and medications. Two serious health conditions that have been seen in greyhounds are osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, and gastric torsion, or bloat.

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