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Physical Characteristics

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Breed Group:

The Greyhound is a member of the Sighthounds and Hound Group.

Weight:

Male: 65-70 lb (29-32 kg); female: 60-65 lb. (27-29 kg)

Height:

Male: 28-30 Inches (71-76 cm); female: 27-28 inches (68-71 cm)

Color(s):

The Greyhound’s coat could be of 30 color formats. All dog colors, including black, gray, red, fawn, either solid or brindled.

Coat:

The Greyhound sports a firm textured coat that is short and smooth. This dog is susceptible to temperature extremes.


Overview

Character:

This sociable breed bonds with people. It has an independent nature and a definite prey instinct.

Country of Origin:

Possibly Great Britain or Egypt. This breed’s lineage comes from countries around the world.

History:

A Greyhound-like dog existed in ancient times with the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Royalty bred these dogs for the sport of the chase. Activities included coursing hare and hunting deer and wild boar. In the 1500s, Spanish explorers brought these dogs to America. England helped develop this breed. Greyhounds also accompanied immigrants to the New World. In 1926, with the popularity of track racing, breeding emphasized short, powerful bursts of speed.

Name:

English Greyhound. Grighund (Old English). Name may be derived from Grius, meaning “Greek,” or gradus, Latin for “high grade.” Also known as the “World’s fastest couch potato.”

Temperament:

This dog possesses a calm and gentle temperament. The Greyhound is very sensitive and may show timidity if not trained early.


Care:

Training:

Socialize the Greyhound early to prevent timidity. Training will teach this pet to respect cats and other small animals. This dog is quite eager to please and has watchdog abilities.

Activity:

This breed requires regular daily exercise, such as a run or a longer walk on a leash for 20-30 minutes. Exercise in a safe area. Outdoors this breed likes to chase any small moving creature. Activities include sighting, hunting and racing.

Ownership:

This quiet household companion is well-mannered. Owners should not choose this breed if young children are present. The Greyhound gets along with other pets if socialized early. Keep this dog on a leash or its hunting instinct may dominate. Owners need to provide soft bedding and warmth. This breed is susceptible to extremes in temperature. During cold weather, the Greyhound should wear a coat outdoors.

Breeders:

No breeders listed at this time.

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