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Recently a guest of
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has a current practice which teaches nearly
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dogs to love and obey their owners and bond
deeply with them - while guiding owners to truly
appreciate the wonderful gift of friendship
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Greyhound: Breed Temperament, Exercise Needs & Health (English Greyhound)
Also known as: English
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Greyhound originates
from Egypt and great Britain. The Greyhounds
were favored over all other dogs back in ancient
Egypt. In 1016 they arrived in Britain and
became a status symbol and only the elite
were allowed one. These days the Greyhound
is used for dog racing and it is also used
as a companion dog.
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A General Description
of the Dog
Greyhounds have a long head
and you can notice that they have a flat skull.
A good, well bred Greyhound has jaws which
are extremely strong and they also have a
complete scissor bite. The eyes in a healthy
Greyhound are oval and bright, and the ears
tend to be small, finely textured and they
form a rose shape.
Something you should notice is
that the Greyhound’s neck is long and muscular
and it has an elegant arch to it too. It also blends
smoothly into the back. The back is generally long,
broad and also square in shape.
The legs are quite long in length, powerful,
and fairly straight too. The bones in the legs
are a good quality and the hind legs are full of
muscles with well-bent stifles and well let down
hocks. This, in combination with a deep chest and aerodynamic build allows Greyhounds to reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour in less than 1.5 seconds, i.e. in less than 3 strides.
Their feet have well knuckled toes, and a
healthy Greyhound will have strong pads. Greyhounds
also carry their long tails low and curved.
Generally they come in all different
colors ranging from black, white, red, blue, fawn,
fallow, brindle or a mixture of any of these colors
Greyhounds have a smooth short
coat which sheds little. Their coat needs little
or no maintenance.
Male 71 cm min 76 cm max
Female 68 cm min 71cm max
Male 30 kg min 32kg max
Female 27 kg min 30 kg max
Temperament of the Dog
Indoors, Greyhounds are calm and
relaxed, and at times they can be quite lazy. For
the people who can devote their time to them, greyhounds
make great, ideal pets as they are generally quite
intelligent and sensitive. They also do not bark
very often either.The thing to remember with Greyhounds
is that although they are extremely gentle and at
times docile, their nature is still that of a hunting
one. The owners will need to bear this in mind.
A Greyhound is very friendly with
its owners but with strangers they are known to
be a little aloof. The breed will generally get
on well with other dogs, but for people with cats,
this could be a problem, so extra caution is needed.Greyhounds
are renowned for being great sprinters and some
can be raced. With the fact they are sprinters,
they do have a low endurance so they may need a
lot of rests.
People tend to assume that greyhounds
do not make good pets. However, the breed does tend
to make an excellent pet as it is so gentle and
docile. Their hunting instinct is quite strong and
it can sometimes take over, especially if the dog
sees anything small moving! This is why keeping
a cat and a greyhound together is not really a great
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
Generally greyhounds tend to be
strictly indoor dogs, despite what many people believe.
Many Greyhound rescue centers will not rehome one
of their dogs to somebody who plans on keeping them
Are they suited to homes
Greyhounds are ideal with children.
They really love and they crave affection which
children are usually likely to give them. Greyhounds
like to be around children but they should not be
encouraged to play rough with them. As they are
a fairly large dog, they can cause damage to a child
even if they do not mean to.
How to take care of the Greyhound
Greyhound puppies are intelligent and just
like other breeds, they need plenty of quiet
time to settle down and get used to their
surroundings. What happens to a puppy in
its early years can potentially affect it
for the rest of its life so it is essential
you give it enough time to settle in properly.It
is important not to over exercise the puppy
and make sure that you feed them regular
small meals with a good quality food.
As with many breeds, the Greyhound
should not be over exercised as it can cause injury
to the puppy. They need time to adjust and to let
their bones and joints develop properly before they
can exercise thoroughly.
Greyhounds are easy to train and
they are sociable animals as well. The reason they
are so easy to tame is because they are very intelligent
animals and they learn almost all commands quickly
and easily. However, problems can arise when they
see something which looks like prey. They may choose
to ignore you on this occasion and simply chase
whatever it is and that can be extremely frustrating.
However, with persistence and firmness they will
learn to take notice of you and it is possible over
a long period of time, to teach them not to chase
How active is the Breed?
The Greyhound is thought of as
being an extremely active breed, but in fact they
have a low endurance which means they get tired
out quickly. They are fast sprinters but they need
plenty of rest. This means that they do not need
much exercise and they are not likely to ruin your
furniture if they do not get regular walks.
Forty to sixty minutes a day is
sufficient enough exercise for a fully sized Greyhound.
Puppies do not need much exercise and so playing
with a few toys with them is often sufficient enough
a few times a day.
Because a Greyhound has short hair,
it is fairly easy to manage. All that is really
needed is a brush over once a week. The greyhound
does not shed at all so they are very low maintenance
when it comes to grooming.Generally their claws
should be checked regularly and their ears should
also be looked over for any signs of infections
Greyhounds are prone to injury
because of their fast and explosive capabilities.
Also, the bad thing is they are sensitive to drugs
including sedatives. This means that if they have
to be treated at the vets, problems can occur.If
a greyhound has been adopted sometimes their teeth
may be in a bad condition, so regular dental checkups
will be needed for this. Also a common problem is
that greyhounds may have extra teeth.Overall the
Greyhound does not have many genetic problems compared
to other breeds.
Breeding the Dog and any
to be fairly straight forward when it comes to breeding,
but as always there are some precautions you should
take before even thinking about breeding. It is
always better to get the Vets advice before you
do make the decision to breed, as they will be able
to tell you whether or not your dog is healthy enough
Litter Size: Average
litter of 8 puppies.
Life Span: 9 years
through to 15 years.
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National Breed Club
The Greyhound Club of America:
American Greyhound Council
British: The Greyhound Club (UK).
The Greyhound is recognized by:
FCI, UKC, CKC, ANKC, AKC, NZKC
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S Rescue link: www.greyhoundclubofamerica.org/rescue-gcoa.html
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