Breed Rating (4 Reviews)
The Greyhound is an old European breed which was bred as a sighthound; used for spotting and coursing game. WIth it's slim build, long legs and flexible spine, Greyhounds can reach speeds of 43 miles per hour over a very short distance. Mainly kept by nobility, it wasn't until the early 1920's that Greyhound racing became popular in America and Britain. Dogs would chase an artificial hare attached to a track for the purpose of sport, with bets being taken on the winning dog.
Greyhounds are quiet, calm and relaxed dogs. Whilst they can reach impressive speeds, they are sprinters not marathon runners. They are much happier fast asleep on your bed, rather than a long walk, provided they like your duvet. They make good pets and are usually fine with other animals and children. Bearing in mind they are sighthounds, they do tend to chase small animals when out on walks. However, they are happy when walked on a lead, but should only be let off lead when they are in an enclosed area.
Greyhounds are intelligent, yet sensitive but do respond to training, however they can be stubborn so recall will never be perfect if prey is involved. A loyal and docile pet, they sleep an awful lot, usually on your sofa or bed; they have a fondness and ability to locate the comfiest place to sleep. They are very sociable within the family and dislike being left alone for long periods of time. They rarely bark, unless they are playing with other dogs.
Greyhounds have little body fat and very thin skin, so do feel the cold. They will need a dog jacket when the weather turns cold and wet. They rarely suffer any major health problems and their coat needs minimal grooming.
Greyhounds have a calm and graceful temperament. Around the house they tend to be respectful and relaxed, loving to find a soft, warm place to fall asleep. When outside in open areas you really see how they were built for speed. They love to sprint and pursue small animals like rabbits galloping across a field in a matter of seconds.
They are good with other dogs although their large size and sometimes nervous disposition means they can easily knock over small children or elderely people.
Health problems that may affect Greyhounds include bone cancer, bloat, epilepsy and blood clotting diseases.
- Status: Common
- Life Expectancy: 10 - 15 years
- Weight: 27 - 40 kg
- Height: 26 - 29"
- Rare: No
- Coat: Short
- Grooming Requirements: Once a week
- Town or Country: Country
- Minimum Home Size: Large House
- Minimum Garden Size: Small to Medium Garden
- Breed Type: Hound
- Size: Large
- Energy Level: Medium
- Exercise Required: Up to 1 hour