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Greyhounds are sleek, muscular and extremely
fast and most often used for hunting and sport.
There is no question these dogs are one of
the oldest breeds, however, there are a few
theories regarding their origin. One theory
suggests a type of dog very similar to today's
Greyhound breed was found in drawings in ancient
Egyptian tombs. Another specifically disputes
this theory and relates the Greyhound to a
type of herding dog owned by the ancient Celts
in Eastern Europe or Euroasia.
Greyhounds arrived in America most likely
by Spanish explorers as far back as the 1500s.
They were among the first dogs to be recorded
in American dog shows and Greyhounds can be
found in the second edition of the AKC Stud
Book in 1885.
There are two types of Greyhound - the National
Greyhound Association (NGA) dogs and AKC standard.
NGA dogs are primarily used in racing and
bred for specifically for this. AKC Greyhounds
are for show and companionship.
The height of Greyhound dogs is between 28
to 30 inches (71 - 76 cm) and for females:
27 to 28 inches (68 - 71 cm)
Weight: The weight of Greyhound
dogs is between 65 to 70 lbs (29 -31kg) and
for females 60 to 65 lbs (27 - 29 kg)
Coat Type: The Greyhound's
coat is short in length, smooth, fine, thin,
but firm in texture. Care for the coat is
minimal, weekly brush is all that's necessary.
The Greyhound breed is an average shedder.
Color: There are many acceptable
colors for the Greyhound breed. Black, white,
red, blue, fawn, liver, brindle or any of
these colors mixed with white.
Greyhounds are intelligent, gentle and even
tempered. They are affectionate with those
they know and bond well making them a great
companion. These dogs are also good with considerate
children, but do not like rough play. The
Greyhound is sensitive, quiet, loyal and docile.
It is important to socialize Greyhounds at
an early age to prevent them from being timid.
Greyhounds are not high energy dogs as one
might think because they are incredibly fast
runners. They require basic exercise - running
outdoors or long, daily walks.
Health Problems: Greyhounds
are generally a healthy breed. Some health
concerns include: bloat, bone cancer and esophageal
motility disorder which causes difficulty
in swallowing and regurgitation of food. The
average life span of a Greyhound is between
10 - 13 years.
• General George Custer
was a Greyhound enthusiast.
Bus Lines uses a sprinting Greyhound as its
• Greyhounds can run as fast
as 40 mph making them the fastest breed in
the world. Greyhounds have very little body
• The fictional character "Santa's
Little Helper" in the animated series,
is a brown Greyhound.
racing is known as the "Sport of the
Queens" - this is derived from Cleopatra
and Queen Elizabeth's fascination with this
• The Greyhounds used for
racing typically were put down when their
career was over, now many of these gentle,
loyal dogs are put up for adoption and used
as a companion making them a wonderful family
AKC: Hound Group
ANKC: Group 4 - Hounds
CKC: Group 2 - Hounds
FCI: Group 10 Section 3 Short-haired Sighthounds
UKC: Sighthounds and Pariahs