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Greyhound

The Greyhound is the fastest breed of dog and also one of the most ancient breeds. In England, this sighthound was used to hunt all types of game, including deer, stag, fox, and hare. The Greyhound is a loving companion that enjoys the company of family and other dogs. He does best with daily exercise, and his short coat is easy to maintain.

DID YOU KNOW? Famous Greyhound owners include President Rutherford B. Hayes and General George A. Custer.

ALSO KNOWN AS: English Greyhound

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Large dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Quiet dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog
Greyhound

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  • Living Considerations: Good with children, not hypoallergenic, suitable for apartment living if adequately exercised
  • Size: Large
  • Height: 63.5 to 76 centimetres at the shoulders
  • Weight: Males – 30 to 3.5 kilograms, Females – 27 to 30 kilograms
  • Coat: Short
  • Energy: Medium
  • Colour: Any
  • Activities: Agility, Conformation, Hunting Tests, Lure Coursing, Obedience, Running, Tracking
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Both
Greyhound is standing in the field in a warm summer evening

Personality

These dogs are calm and social indoors and can even be rather lazy. They are sensitive dogs who can make ideal family pets if given the right owners! While they are gentle by nature, their natural hunting instinct is always present and owners must be willing to take on the necessary responsibilities that go with the breed. Greyhounds are affectionate with their families, though usually aloof with strangers. They normally get on well with other dogs in the household but cat owners should exercise extreme caution.

Greyhound is walking in the forest

History and Origins

Greyhounds were among the most favoured of all dogs; Pharoahs and other Asian and African leaders had images of their dogs engraved into their tombs, dating back to 4,000BC. They were used for coursing antelopes, wolves and deer, and became extremely popular, spreading through the Near East and Europe, eventually arriving in Britain where they became a status symbol, so much so that in 1016 only the elite were allowed to own a Greyhound dog breed. They were used in coursing hares, and later track racing took over, which again proved them to be the fastest dogs on earth: only the cheetah can beat them for speed in the animal world!

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