Greyhound

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50-65 lbs
27-28"
Egypt
English Greyhound

The Greyhound is a unique and well known breed of dog. They can be recognized easily by their signature silhouette and thin and slender body type. Their long, skinny but muscular bodies allow them to be extremely fast, in fact one of the fastest breeds ever, and they are also good at hunting, which is why they were bred originally. Despite their skills at hunting, Greyhounds prove to be quiet and sweet pets that do well around children and other animals, unless they see them as prey, in which case their instincts will take over and they will take chase. These dogs coats can be very diverse, and of almost any color and pattern.

Purpose
coursing, hunting
Date of Origin
ancient times
Ancestry
arabian sloughi

Greyhound Health

Sketch of Greyhound
Average Size
Male Greyhound size stats
Height: 28-30 inches Weight: 65-85 lbs
Female Greyhound size stats
Height: 27-28 inches Weight: 50-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Hyperthyroidism
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Greyhound Breed History

These dogs are an ancient breed that has shown up in Egyptian art, and have also been mentioned in the Bible, by the Greeks and in Roman poetry. It was in the Dark Ages that the Greyhound had arrived in Europe. These dogs were, and still are today, incredibly fast and amazing hunters. They were so talented that anyone living within 10 miles of the king’s forest had to be forbidden from owning a Greyhound in order to protect the royal game reserves. It was due to the sport of coursing, which involves chasing prey, and racing that these dogs continued to grow in popularity in England. They were eventually brought to the Americas by British colonists and Spanish explorers. There, the dogs would travel the open plains, using their impressive speed and excellent eyesight to hunt coyotes, hares, stag, fox, deer, wild boar and jackrabbits, being able to chase and catch them without needing to stop for rest. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885, and were one of the first dog breeds that appeared in American dog shows. The first ever official coursing race occurred in 1886. 1906 was the founding year of the United State’s National Coursing Association. The sport of coursing is still present and very popular in many countries throughout the world, but sadly it is a tough sport that leads to euthanization, abandonment and the selling of dogs to laboratories if they do not succeed on the track. They are still one of the fastest dog breeds, able to run at a speed of 40 miles or 65 kilometres per hour.

Greyhound Breed Appearance

These dogs have short coats that are very smooth and can be a variety of colors. This includes fawn, black, blue, white, red or gray, and can of a brindle pattern or parti color, which is the combination of white with at least one other color. The Greyhound is tall and slender, with long legs and a thin body. Their heads are long and narrow but are wide between the ears, and they have a long muzzle with no stop. The rose ears are small and folded back but will become upright when the dog is excited. The eyes will be dark and the long neck will be arched. Greyhounds have chests that are wide and deep, with long tails that end in an upward curve. These beautiful dogs have broad and muscular backs, with a slightly arched loin and narrow waist. It is normal for these dogs to be quite skinny, and in fact, it can be dangerous for them to become obese.

Appearance of Greyhound
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Greyhound eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Greyhound nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Greyhound coat
Black
gray Greyhound coat
Gray
red Greyhound coat
Red
cream Greyhound coat
Cream
fawn Greyhound coat
Fawn
blue Greyhound coat
Blue
silver Greyhound coat
Silver
white Greyhound coat
White
pied Greyhound coat
Pied
brindle Greyhound coat
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Greyhound straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Greyhound Breed Maintenance

If Greyhounds become bored, they can become destructive. They also still possess a very strong instinct to hunt, and will definitely chase any small animals that can be considered as prey. Because of this, a Greyhound will need to be kept in a home that has a good fence. They should be kept on leash at all times during walks for the same reason. Because these dogs are so tall, getting raised bowls for food can be a good idea. You must also be cautious so that your Greyhound does not get overweight, as they are prone to it. They should get fed twice a day. Although their coat is short, they are still known to shed a lot and will need to be brushed every day. Hound mitts or rubber curry brushes are their favorite tools for grooming. These dogs can also have poor dental health, and will need regular teeth brushing. Unless they wear down on their own, the nails should be trimmed one or two times every month.

Brushes for Greyhound
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Greyhound requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Greyhound Temperament

The Greyhound is a friendly breed that is not aggressive. They are independent and smart, and are sometimes described as cat-like. However, they are sensitive and can easily become timid or shy if there is any tension in the home, even if it is not directed at them. They can sometimes develop destructive habits if they become bored. They still have hunting in their blood, and will chase after any small animal that they see. They can be stubborn when being trained, and will need an owner that can be consistent and confident. They are sensitive, and harsh training will not suit them. Instead, food rewards will work well. They also have trouble with the sit command, as it is an unnatural position and hard for them to balance. They do quite well with children and will not snap at young ones. They do best with the older kids that know how to treat dogs, but will always be calm and simply walk away if they do not like playing with younger children. They will also do well with other dogs, but can sometimes see smaller animals as prey. This includes smaller dogs, cats, bunnies or other little pets. If these animals run away from them, it will make it worse. For these reasons, Greyhounds have been known to harm smaller animals. However, it does depend on the individual dog.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
15 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Greyhound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$2 - $2.3
Monthly Cost
$60 - $67.5

Greyhound Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Greyhound at six months
Male Greyhound size stats at six months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 50 lbs
Female Greyhound size stats at six months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 37 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Greyhound at 12 months
Male Greyhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 62 lbs
Female Greyhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 47 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Greyhound at 18 months
Male Greyhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 29 inches Weight: 75 lbs
Female Greyhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 57 lbs

Greyhound Owner Experiences

9 Years
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leisurely walking
Greyhounds are such gentle giants. I've never seen a greyhound act aggressively. They will sometimes be interested in small animals they see but they never attempt to chase them. Most of the greyhounds I've walked are older / past their prime and tend to not have a lot of energy. They easily approach me when I get there for the walk and we tend to have a nice, leisurely walk. Total sweeties!
2 months, 1 week ago
16 Months
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Greyhounds can be aloof and indifferent to strangers, but are affectionate with their own pack. They are generally docile, lazy, easy-going, and calm. Greyhounds wear muzzles during racing, which can lead some to believe they are aggressive dogs, but this is not true. Muzzles are worn to prevent injuries resulting from dogs nipping one another during or immediately after a race, when the 'hare' has disappeared out of sight and the dogs are no longer racing but remain excited. Contrary to popular belief, adult Greyhounds do not need extended periods of daily exercise, as they are bred for sprinting rather than endurance. Greyhound puppies that have not been taught how to utilize their energy, however, can be hyperactive and destructive if not given an outlet, and therefore require more experienced handlers.[9]
2 months, 1 week ago
9 Years
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Nap
Run
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Nose work
Explore the city
Greyhounds are majestic. Each time I walk one it’s like they’re gliding along side me. They’re so unique. They’re almost always friendly. I’ve never had an issue meeting one. They love to walk. They’re very fast and love to run, if you can keep up. Make sure to hold on to the leash tight. If they see a small animal they may chase after it. If they got loose you’d never catch them. All in all a sweet breed.
2 months, 1 week ago
8 Years
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Running
Was a rescued greyhound who was never more comfortable than when she was running. She was quiet and docile when inside, always, but let her loose in a dog yard and she could go wild over the smallest movement - residual from the racetrack. She never jumped up or intimidated with her size and was a quiet, slow eater. Gentle.
2 months ago
7 Years
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Walking
They were calmer than I was expecting. They didn't really get excited about anything: people, cars, lizards, cats, etc. They were very relaxed and walked very well. They were a little skittish as a slight breeze that moved a leaf would cause them to pause and look around like they were being stalked by a predator. They listened well and were very well behaved. Walked at a good pace.
2 months ago
7 Years
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Sniffing
Walk
watching other dogs
I have walked the same Greyhound three times. Every time I walked him he was very calm. In the beginning he was reluctant to go on a walk but after we got acquainted he was okay. We went to Alamo Square where he enjoyed just sniffing around and observing other dogs. He was very relaxed and not easily excitable. He really enjoyed the calm stroll that we took around the park. He was a little timid and was not interested in engaging with other dogs.
2 months ago
Ten Years
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I’ve been rehoming greyhounds for over 26 years. Greyhounds are sprinters. So short brisk walks are great. They love to run so if you have a fencened in area let them run for about 3 mins. That’s all it takes. They love to sleep and lay in the sun. Very much like a cat. They are very friendly and affectionate dogs. Greyhounds are use to a leash so it would be unusual for a greyhound to pull while walking unless they want to chase something. Hold on tight in case this happens. A greyhound can run 45 mph. You can’t catch them and never chase. Always have treats to get them to come back to you. A martingale collar should be used with a greyhound. Never a regular collar Greyhounds have very thin skin. Easy to rip. Never ever use a retractable leash with greyhound. 2 reasons are they could easily bet injured by the cord. And they can go from 0 to 45mph in 3 strides. The staple in a retractable leash will not hold.
2 months ago
5 Years
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Run
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Greyhound pets are great dogs. Typically, they are retired racing dogs. With an aerodynamic shape, it is very obvious that they can run extremely fast. Surprisingly, they can be timid and are also couch potatoes! I have only walked one Greyhound through wag and it was a very positive experience. She was not vocal. We ended up walking for an hour and a half. She did well when we passed other dogs and people. Squirrels were a major trigger. I think that Greyhounds have excellent eyesight because it took a long time for me to find the squirrel across the street that she jumped at. Highly recommend requesting a walk if you see a Greyhound. They are very peaceful dogs that need to get out before sitting around inside.
2 months ago
6 Years
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Running
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The greyhound I walked had lots of energy and loved walking around. He was friendly but not very interested in petting.
2 months ago
5 Years
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I worked at my school kennel where we took in 12 greyhounds each semester. I would learn there habbits and schedules. I walked, fed, and cleaned up after them. I also own a greyhound.
2 months ago
5 Years
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Frisbee
Go to Park
Fetch
They Greyhound I walked was very mellow. He didn't seem to have a lot of energy but I think he was used to living in a city and not getting to spend too much time outside and running unfortunately. They are very mellow, not aggressive at all, but definitely need lots of exercise.
2 months ago
5 Years
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I absolutely love Greyhounds! I have had the pleasure of walking 2 and have known many others from working with them in the past. They are always SO sweet and always put a smile on my face! The Greyhounds I have walked, have always walked right beside me and always do so well on the leash. They are so light on their feet and are just such beautiful dogs! They always receive attention and it seems like everyone loves to see them when we walk by! I have never heard them bark or make any sound really. They are always calm and seem friendly towards everyone. I have never had an issue walking a Greyhound or working with them and they are just an all around great dog to have as a part of the family.
2 months ago
3 Years
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Sniffing
Walks
hunting for cats
Very gentle despite his size. When he saw cats or smaller dogs that was when I saw his aggression, but he never lunged, it was always a slight warning growl. It wasn't too hard to get him to move along.
2 months ago
8 Years
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Run
Greyhounds seem very aloof at first meeting; they need a little time to warm up to you before showing a lot of affection but they're very well behaved and are not aggressive or overprotective. They're well-behaved and a very easy beginner walk!
2 months ago
8 Years
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Sniffing
Running
Walking
Greyhounds are one of my favorite types of dogs. I’ve walked a few different greyhound pups. One I walk almost daily. Every greyhound I’ve met has been super goofy and friendly. Ollie, one of my regulars, absolutely loves people and gets so excited when he sees anyone coming his way. He doesn’t really care for other dogs, unless it’s another greyhound. Then they are instant best friends. He’s also a little lazy, contrary to popular belief.
2 months ago
7 Years
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Walk
I walk a Greyhound 3x/week. He is rescued/retired. He is slow moving due to age/arthritis in his hips and knees. He was slow to trust me stemming from his early life as a race dog. Once he got used to me, he is super friendly. He enjoys short, slow walks and basking in the sun as he is usually cold. He wears a heavy sweater in the winter. When not walking, he likes to lie on his bed and eat teeth cleaning chews.
2 months ago
4 Years
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fast walking
Tricks for treats
Sprinting
Jogging
Fetch
Greyhounds love to stretch their legs. They can rarely control their energy and tend to jump a lot. While they aim to please for the most part, they don't always obey every command. They need to be drained of their immediate energies before they can properly listen to their owners. Other dogs tend to excite them, as does exciting stimuli surrounding them. Happy in overall nature, they don't tend to lash out negatively. Probably not the best around little children as they knock into things.
2 months ago
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