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Greyhound

Greyhounds are the racehorses of the canine world, incredibly fast, graceful and elegant. These dogs are muscular and strongly-built. Their sweet nature and friendly attitude make them ideal companions for dog lovers. 

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Needs under an hour of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Quiet dog
  • Welcomes everyone happily
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Greyhound breed may be prone to:
- Gastric dilatation volvulus
- Dental problems including decay and tooth loss.
- Osteosarcomas¹ which are a serious type of bone cancer.
- Greyhound neuropathy an inherited disease that causes muscle wastage.
- Malignant hyperthermia which is a serious disorder that causes a sudden increase in body temperature and muscle rigidity.
- Dilated cardiomyopathy² which is a condition where the heart muscle becomes progressively weak and cannot beat properly.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

¹J. T. Caro et al, 'Markers of iron metabolism in retired racing Greyhounds with and without osteosarcoma', Sept 2013, Veterinary Clinical Pathology
²J. Dukes-McEwan, 'Proposed Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Canine Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy', Nov 2003, Journal of Veterinary Cardiology 

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Weight:  Adult dogs weigh about 30-32kg, adult females 27-30kg.
Height:  Adult dogs are 71-76 in height and adult females are 69-71cm.
Colours:  The short, fine coat comes in black, white, red, blue, fawn, fallow, brindle or any of these colours with white.
Size:  Large
UK Kennel Club Groups: Hound

Ratings

Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 5/5
Easy to train: 5/5
Tolerates being alone: 1/5
Likes other pets: 4/5
Energy level: 5/5
Grooming needs: 5/5
Shedding: 4/5
Greyhound is standing in the field in a warm summer evening

Personality

These dogs are calm and social. When indoors and can even be rather lazy. They are sensitive dogs who can make ideal family pets if given the right owners! While they are gentle by nature, their natural hunting instinct is always present and owners must be willing to take on the necessary responsibilities that go with the breed. Greyhounds are affectionate with their families, though usually aloof with strangers. They normally get on well with other dogs in the household, but cat owners should exercise extreme caution. 

Greyhound is walking in the forest

History and Origins

The Greyhound is an ancient breed having been depicted in ancient art more than 6000 years ago. They were used for coursing antelopes, wolves and deer, and became extremely popular, spreading through the Near East and Europe, eventually arriving in Britain.  

There are many arguments about where the breed name comes from but many think that it was originally the Great Hound, as once in England, they became the dogs of nobility. About 1000 years ago a law was passed saying that only royalty were permitted to hunt with Greyhounds and ‘common folk’ were forbidden from owning them. When the great forests of the nobility started to decline, the Greyhound found other work. They were used in coursing hares. Later, track racing took over, which proved them to be the fastest dogs on earth: only the cheetah can beat them for speed in the animal world! While Greyhound racing continues today, the Greyhound has won many fans with their gentle, affectionate, relaxed personalities. 

Did you know?

Did you know?

The Greyhound is the fastest dog on earth reaching speeds of over 40mph on short sprints.