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Top 10 Grey Dogs to Welcome to the Family

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Discover some of the most beautiful pups out there with our top grey dog breeds. From shimmery, silvery grey shades to light white grey fluffy breeds, here are the best companions with head-turning grey furs. 

Weimaraner 

The Weimaraner is one of the most famous and popular grey dog breeds! Weimaraner’s are medium sized dog breed that grow up to 27 inches tall, weighing between 55 and 90 pounds and they are in the gundog group. So, they need plenty of exercise every day and lots to keep them occupied to keep their natural hunting instincts in check. Dog socialisation and training are key to ensuring a Weimaraner is happy, confident, and friendly to other people and animals as an adult. 

Italian Greyhound 

The Italian Greyhound is one of the smaller grey dog breeds, but don’t be followed by their size, they have a very rich history! This small but might pup will grow up to 15 inches, and will weigh from 7 to 14 pounds as an adult. Italian Greyhounds have the tendency to switch between loafing around your home, and laying on laps, to racing about the house, or garden with heaps of energy. They have strong hunting instincts that can mean they will often chase, leaving you dashing after them. Early puppy socialisation and training are important to try and minimise this habit. So, housetraining and recall are areas you will have to focus on if you have an Italian greyhound.  

Silky Terrier 

The Silky Terrier is another member of the small grey dog breed group that has beautiful long fur. It is often grey and tan in colour. small grey dog breed grows up to 9 to 10 inches, weighing up to 10 pounds. Silky Terriers are full of life and usually friendly, and alert. Their silky fur requires regular grooming to keep it looking glossy, and prevent any matts or tangles. So, be prepared to dedicate a lot of time grooming your Silky Terrier. These dogs may be small in size, but they do still need plenty of regular exercise. Training is important to keep these dogs both mentally and physically satisfied. 

Puli 

The Puli is a sheep herding grey dog breed that has its origins in Hungary. It is attentive, active, and hardworking. The Puli has curly grey fur, which forms into cords. It requires a lot of maintenance to keep on top of and ensure it doesn’t become matted. While careful grooming is required, it is not a high shedding breed. They will need plenty of dog exercise every day to keep them healthy. You will need to socialise the Puli well as a puppy and allow plenty of time for training due to their herding instincts.  

Scottish Deerhound  

The Scottish Deerhound is a large grey dog breed from Scotland. Deerhounds are sighthounds which means that they were bred for hunting using sight and speed. They grow up to 32 inches tall, and will often weigh over 100 pounds. Female Deerhounds are generally smaller than males, but both are very large dogs. Although, the original breeding of the Scottish Deerhound was to hunt deer, the breed is well regarded as being quite a calm dog breed, despite its size and history. Don’t be fooled by their size, because these gentle giants love having a cuddle on the sofa. These dogs tend to think they are rather small. They need regular exercise, but also lots of social interaction every day. Training is especially important with big grey dog breeds like this, as is socialisation.  

Chinese Crested 

The Chinese Crested is one of our tiny grey dog breeds, think pocket size! This breed is actually hairless over the majority of its tiny body and its skin is often classed as a ‘slate’ colour! The Chinese Crested will usually have hair on their head, neck, ears, socks, and paws. Chinese Crested dogs, unsurprisingly, have very minimal grooming needs and make great dogs for people who suffer from animal fur-related allergies. They are usually sociable, affectionate, and outgoing, especially when socialised properly. The Chinese Crested need to be handled with care, as they are small and delicate dogs. 

Norwegian Elkhound  

The Norwegian Elkhound, originally from Norway, is a Spitz grey dog breed. The Norwegian Elkhound are a strong breed with upright ears and a thick, curly tail. They will need regular grooming as this grey dog breed comes with a thick coat that must stay free of knots and tangles. Elkhounds are bright, confident, and trustworthy dogs. As with all breeds, training and socialisation are important to minimise any potential behavioural problems, and to reduce the natural chase instinct. This is especially true if they live with children or other pets.  

Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies are truly deserving of description ‘beautiful grey dog breeds.’ The Siberian husky, as the name suggests, are best known for their long and rich history as sledding dogs in Siberia. Huskies are known to be social, vocal, and intelligent dogs.

They aren’t suitable for all homes and may not be suitable for those with other small animals. Huskies are best suited to active households where they will get plenty of exercise and they often take well to positive reward training. Huskies also need regular grooming to ensure that their coat stays free of knots and tangles. 

Irish Wolfhound 

The Irish Wolfhound is another of our giant grey dog breeds. In fact, it really is a giant! These dogs will grow to at least 30 inches tall, weighing up to 110 pounds. The Irish Wolfhounds coat is rough, wiry and dark, and the have been said to have rather expressive eyes.

The Irish Wolfhound are known to be true gentle giants, that love to relax and be close to their families. The Irish Wolfhound can make a suitable family pet but make sure to not leave dogs and children alone, and that your dog and children both know to respect one another. However, care should be taken if there are small pets in the house due to the hunting instincts of Irish Wolfhounds. Socialisation is very important in this breed. 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium-sized member of the grey dog breeds group. They can grow up to 16 inches tall, weighing around 35 pounds.

This breed is known for being sociable, loving, and kind. Unfortunately, the Staffie has, over the years, adopted a negative reputation due to their history as a fighting breed, and because of this many people worry about aggression in Staffies. But with the correct training and socialisation, the Staffie can make a great pet. Socialise your puppy well to minimise the risk of any behavioural problems in this breed. These dogs will also need plenty of exercises and mental stimulation to keep their active minds busy.  

Make sure the grey dog breed, that you choose to share your home with, is suitable for your lifestyle. Don’t forget that as well as looks, you will need to consider factors such as exercise requirements and temperament, especially if your new four-legged member will be sharing a household with children or other pets. 

Next, check out other beautiful furry companions, including our group of  angelic white dogs and the black beauties that make up our black dog breeds

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