The Greyhound is said to be the oldest pure breed in existence today. Records dating back from 4000 to 7000 years depict the Greyhound much as it is today. The breed originated in the Middle East and travelling nobles brought the dogs with them as gifts of esteem. In this way, the breed spread throughout the European continent and the Orient long before Christianity. The breed’s main function was as a sporting and hunting dog. It was used to hunt stag, fox, gazelle, and hare. In Britain, in 1858, the National Coursing Club was formed, and the Greyhound was one of the main contenders in the sport. Shortly after, Greyhound racing became popular in England, the States and Australia and was seen as a more humane sport, as the dogs chased a mechanical lure as opposed to a live hare. While the breed is not suited to confined living conditions, it makes an excellent family member. The Greyhound needs daily exercise, but it is a sprinter, not an endurance runner. It’s needs can thus be met with a chance to run, or by a longer walk on leash. It loves to run and chase outdoors, and can easily run into danger at great speed unless exercised in a safe area. Sweet and loving, Greyhounds make excellent companions. They are gentle and even-tempered and should be socialised early to avoid timidity. Greyhounds are very loyal and love their masters and their families. Ex-Racers also make good pets and are easy to housebreak.
Read about the history of the breed – HERE
STATS AND FACTS
Most of these stats are from the UK Kennel Club. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.
|Group – UK||Hound|
|Bred For||Hunting, Racing|
|Country of Origin||England, UK|
|Temperament||Intelligent, Gentle, Affectionate|
|Exercise Needed||Up to 1 hour a day|
|Size of Home Needed||Large|
|Height at Withers – Females||69 – 71 cm / 27 – 28 in|
|Height at Withers – Males||71 – 76 cm / 28 – 30 in|
|Grooming||Once a week|
|Life Span||10 – years|
- The Greyhound is the fastest breed of dog.
- Greyhounds are the second fastest animals on earth. Only the cheetah is faster.
- When running, greyhounds spend 75% of their time in the air.
- Some greyhounds sleep with their eyes open.
- Greyhounds are in the top five gentlest dogs.
LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD
Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Greyhounds.
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WEBSITES ABOUT GREYHOUNDS
Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Greyhound breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site.
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