Greyhound Breed Info
Greyhound is originated from Great Britain and also known as English Greyhound
Size: max: 30 in (H), 70 lbs (W)
Color: any color
Coat: short, smooth
Personality: intelligent, affectionate, gentle
Care: socialization, attention, leashed, fenced yard
Known health problem: bloat, osteosarcoma, anesthesia sensitivity
Group: hound dogs
Good with children? yes
Good with other pets? good with other dogs, but it has strong prey drive with small animals
Greyhound Dog Breed
The Greyhound is a member of the sighthound family, and has been depicted since the early ancient times throughout Egypt, Greece, and Rome. This sighthound dogs were the first type that were specifically bred by humans in order to chase and outrun game, ultimately catching it through speed and agility.
The name “Greyhound” is said to have come from either the Greek word Graius or the Latin gradus, which means high grade. This breed was very popular and throughout Britain by the times of Saxon. The dogs were valuable to commoners for hunting while the upper class enjoyed them for the sport of chase.
In 1014 the Forest Laws stated that only the nobility could own and maintain Greyhounds. Although the ruling was changed after 400 years, Greyhounds still remained as dogs of nobility even though they were not functional anymore for chasing game because of the growing practice of agriculture and alternative food sources becoming available to the people.
During the 1800s, sport of chasing hare became the sole activity of the Greyhound, and later in the early 1900s until 1920s, these dogs were enjoyed by people who watched them race at the tracks. Soon enough, many greyhounds were bred specifically for speed to win these races, a sport that continues to this day. Greyhounds also were entered into dog show competitions and were officially recognized by the AKC in 1885.
Even though this dog was specifically bred for racing, Greyhound is very calm and laid-back at home. They have great manners and generally get along with other dogs. However, once he is outside, watch out, it may chase anything that moves, therefore a fenced yard is required. These dogs are very independent and moderately playful. A Greyhound dog would do well living in the city or country.
Taking Care Of Your Greyhound Dog
Plenty of daily exercise is recommended, and they absolutely love to be outdoors running around and chasing things. Do not allow them to run free in areas that may prove to cause injury. A leashed is a must and always take the dog outside in the country where there is little chance of getting hit by a vehicle or some other source. Very little is needed for grooming, due to the short-haired coat Greyhounds have. A healthy Greyhound dog has a life span of up to 14 years, with 11 to 12 being the average.
Greyhound ClubThe Greyhound Club of America
Bexata Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization primarily Greyhound rescue in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. We often have young Greyhounds available for adoption. Adopt a Greyhound from Bexata.