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Greyhound History

The Greyhound is a fast and powerful sighthound that originated in the British Isles. The Greyhound is the fastest of all land animals, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph (110 km/h). The Greyhound is an elegant, muscular, medium-sized dog. The Greyhound is a sleek, lightweight, compact, long-legged hound with a distinctive head. The Greyhound has been in recorded use for over 2,000 years. The Roman historian Pliny the Elder wrote about the Hound of Liburnia in his Natural History, which dates from around AD 77. During the Middle Ages, the greyhound was the preferred hunting and coursing hound for royalty and the wealthy. The popularity of the Greyhound declined in the 18th and 19th centuries, but renewed interest in the once-mighty hounds resulted in the revival of the breed. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the Greyhound for competition in 1888, and the dogs were imported to the United States shortly thereafter.

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Greyhound Physical Characteristics

The Greyhound is a medium-sized, slender, muscular, and graceful breed that typically stands between 26 and 30 inches tall at the withers and weighs between 65 and 100 pounds. They have a long, thin body with a narrow chest, large head, and long muzzle. Their forequarters are powerful and their hindquarters are long and slim. The Greyhound has a natural tail that is carried low. Their coat is short, sleek, and smooth. Their ears are rounded and hang close to their cheeks. Their eyes can be any color, but are usually blue. The Greyhound is a sight hound that is known for its speed.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 28 – 30 inches

Female Height Range: 27 – 28 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 65 – 85 lbs

Female Weight Range: 50 – 65 lbs

Greyhound Health

Description of breed health.


10-15 yrs

Greyhound Health Concerns

Osteosarcoma, Bloat, Hyperthyroidism

Greyhound Temperament and Behaviour

The Greyhound is an affectionate, friendly and gentle breed of dog. They are very intelligent, and are very easy to train. They are companionable with other dogs, and are generally very good with cats. They are quiet and calm, but are also very lively and energetic. If they are bored, they will often create their own amusements, which sometimes includes digging or chewing. They are generally very healthy, but can sometimes have health problems related to their short noses.

Greyhound Activity Requirements

The Greyhound is an easygoing, low maintenance, low energy breed of dog. They are extremely intelligent and loyal to their people. They have a moderate amount of stamina, and they love to go running. The Greyhound is a breed of dog that prefers to be outside. They will do very well in an apartment as long as they get plenty of time to run around. They are also not picky about their food, which makes them easy to care for. If you are looking for a couch potato, the Greyhound is probably not the breed for you. They are smart, but they can be stubborn. They love to run, and they need space to do that.

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Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Greyhound is part of the Hound group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Greyhound is part of the Hound group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Greyhound is part of the Hound group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Greyhound is part of the Hound group.

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