Greyhound Breed Summary
Friendly, Gentle, Athletic and Intelligent
This super speedy dog is also a good hunter, which is why they were originally bred. However, despite their hunting abilities, this pooch tends to be a rather quiet, sweet dog that does well around other animals and children – just be cautious when introducing them to cats!
When indoors, these dogs are usually calm, social, and partial to a snooze. They’re in tune with their sensitive side and are affectionate with their families but can be aloof with strangers.
|Kennel Club Group||Hound|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 71cm - 76cm, Females 68cm - 71cm|
|Weight||Males 27kg - 40kg, Females 27kg - 34kg|
|Coat||Fine, Close, Very Short|
|Colour||Various Including Black, Brindle, Blue, Fallow, Fawn, Red, White, or any combination with White|
|Common health issues||Osteosarcoma; Neuropathy; Congenital Deafness; Bloat; Skin Irritations Of The Tail; Spinal Injuries; Esophageal Malformations; Drug Sensitivity|
|Other Names||English Greyhound|
While the Greyhound is known for being a speed machine, they actually require less exercise than a lot of dogs and are happy to relax at home and nap the day away once they’ve had their walkies.
This elegant, graceful dog often makes strong ties with their owners, making them a wonderful companion and a pleasure to have around.
Over the years, Greyhounds found their way to Europe, and became an instant status symbol in England. In 1061, only nobles and the elite could own them! They became heraldic dogs that were found on the coat of arms of the royals, such as Henry VIII and Charles V of France. As time went on, Greyhounds remained popular and were depicted in many works of art.
In England, Greyhounds were first used for hare coursing, but thanks to their tremendous speed, were then used for racing – proving themselves to be the fastest dogs on the planet! Only the cheetah boasts being faster in full flight. Today, these pooches are still one of the most popular choices as family pets and companion dogs because of their kind, gentle nature.