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Greyhound

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Greyhound

Greyhounds are known as the fastest canine on earth. They have a short, smooth coat and all colors are permissible when showing this breed. They have a wide skull between the ears, a long head, a tapered muzzle and a slight stop. The oval eyes should be dark and the small, rose-shaped, finely textured ears should fold back. The jaws should be muscular and the teeth should meet in a scissor-like bite. The long, elegantly arched neck should merge into a long, broad back. The chest is deep and muscular. The long forelegs should be straight and well-built. The hindlegs should have well-bent stifles, well let down hocks and an arched loin. The long tail should be carried low.

Temperament Greyhounds are loyal, brave, sweet, sensitive and elegant. They are very laid-back indoors. This gentle breed has a strong prey instinct and should not be in a home with cats or other small animals. They are very affectionate with their owner and are good with children. They are wary of strangers and can act aloof. They are a quiet breed and do not bark much. Some can make great therapy dogs.
Height, Weight Male Height: 28-30" ; Weight: 65-70 lbs.
Female Height: 27-28" ; Weight: 60-65 lbs.
Health Problems Greyhounds are prone to bloat and do better with two or three small meals per day. They can have drug and insecticide sensitivity.
Living Conditions Greyhounds will do okay with apartment living but need regular exercise. They should be let off of the leash in an enclosed or safe area. Greyhounds are sensitive to cold and should wear a coat in cold temperatures.
Exercise This breed needs plenty of exercise to maintain their fitness level. They do well with a long, brisk walk at the same time each day. This breed needs a regular routine. They should be allowed off lead to run in a safe place.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming The Greyhound is very easy to groom. Brush regularly with a firm brush and only bathe when necessary. They are average shedders.
Origin Tombs of Egypt from the fourth dynasty, between 4000 and 3500 BC, show drawings of dogs similar to Greyhounds and Salukis, making it obvious that dogs of this type were much esteemed during this era. During the ensuing centuries, Greyhounds proved to be in great demand as an item of barter, and spread through the Near East and Europe. They were developed to standard in England, where they became a status symbol. The source of the Greyhound name is accredited to the breed's early colors or the Latin word gradus meaning swiftness. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Hound, UKC Scenthound and Pariah Dog