Greyhounds are tall, slender dogs with long, narrow heads and a tapered muzzle. They have a long tail with a slight upward curve. This breed’s coat is short, fine, glossy, and comes in all colors. As great watchdogs and hunters, the Greyhounds skills include agility, speed, and sight. Greyhounds are an ancient breed and the fastest dogs in the world, reaching over 40 miles per hour.
Greyhound carvings were found in tombs in Egypt dating back to 2900 B.C. They’re thought to have originally descended from the Arabian Sloughi and brought to England by traders before 900 AD. This breed was first brought to America by the Spanish explorers in the 1500s. They were one of the first dogs ever to be shown in a dog show. The Greyhound’s natural quarry are the rabbit and hare, however the breed has also been used to hunt stag, deer, fox, and wild boar. The Greyhound’s speed along with their keen eyesight helped the breed excel at their work as they were able to chase and catch pray without stopping to rest.
Today, there are two types of Greyhounds being bred: Show lines, which conform to the written standard, and racing lines, which are bred for speed. After retiring from a racing career, these dogs were cruelly and unfortunately destroyed. With the continued dedicated efforts of Greyhound Rescue this practice has greatly reduced and the most Greyhounds are found homes.
Greyhounds are brave, devoted, intelligent, loyal, laid-back, and loving dogs. Their incredible character may often go unnoticed do to their reserved behavior around strangers, but they bond strongly with their own families. This breed is sensitive to their guardian’s voice and will not respond well to harsh discipline. The parent of a greyhound should be calm, with an air of natural authority when training their dog.
It’s important greyhounds are socialized well early on to prevent timidness around other animals and humans. Most Greyhounds have an instinctual prey drive, and will chase anything that moves quickly. Indoors Greyhounds can be lazy, but they enjoy outdoor exercises and play. They have tremendous stamina and do not bark much. Ex-racing Greyhounds have proven to make fantastic pets, just the same as non ex-racing Greyhounds.
- Height: 27 – 30 inches
- Weight: 60 – 80 pounds
- Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
- Grooming: Low maintenance
Care & Health
Greyhounds will do okay in an apartment as long as they get plenty of outdoor exercise. Greyhounds need at least one long brisk walk or run a day and they love to run and play in an open (contained and safety) area. Be weary of letting your greyhound off a leash in a non-contained area, they have a strong chase instinct and you will probably not be able to catch them.
Greyhounds are sensitive to cold climates and need to wear a coat if going outdoors in frigid weather. This breed tends to bloat easily, so it is better to feed 3 smalls meals a day rather than 1 or 2 big ones. They are prone to be sensitive to drugs, and hypothyroidism.
Your Love Match
The perfect pet parent of a Greyhound:
- Loves exercise