The Greyhound Dog Breed at a Glance
The Greyhound or English Greyhound dog breed is easily recognizable due to its slim and unique build. It’s renowned for its speed, reaching up to an impressive 45 mph. While it may seem like an over-energized pet, it is in fact, a calm and gentle dog that’s friendly and suitable for kids, but is best left for an owner with experience.
HISTORY of the English Greyhound
Similar-looking dogs have been depicted in Egyptian, Greek, and Roman times. In Britain, the Greyhound was popular during the Saxon period, both with the common people and nobles. Hare-chasing became a popular sport of the elite during the 1800s. By 1926, in the US, Greyhounds were racing on tracks.
Origin: United Kingdom
The Greyhound is a dog that’s eager to please its family. It is shy around strangers and is quite sensitive. It is well-behaved with kids and other pets in the family, but outdoors, it will chase anything small. Indoors, the dog is quiet and is known to be independent and gentle.
Physical Characteristis of the Greyhound Dog Breed
The common colors of the Greyhound include gray, black, red, blue, and white. Its coat is smooth, fine and short. The AKC Greyhound is taller and narrower, with longer necks and legs than their NGA counterparts.
The Greyhound weighs between 60 and 70 pounds, making it one of the heavier dog breeds, and it stands between 27 and 30 inches tall.
Shedding is to be expected with this dog breed, but brushing helps. It is not a hypoallergenic dog.
HEALTH and CARE of the Greyhound
The life expectancy of the English Greyhound is between 10 and 13 years, which is slightly less than the average for large dog breeds.
Common Health Concerns
Each dog breed is susceptible to certain health issues and so too is the Greyhound. However, the Greyhound is generally a healthy breed but is at high risk of developing:
- Gastric Dilatation Volvulus or Bloat
Other minor ailments affecting Greyhounds include:
- Esophageal Achalasia
- Gastric Torsion
The Greyhound is at a high risk for weight gain, so give it plenty of regular exercise such as a long walk and the occasional run. Let it out to run, but do so only in a safe area. It is not a breed for living outdoors and does not fare well in extreme temperatures, so keep it indoors when necessary.
The Greyhound should be fed between 2.5 and 3 cups of kibble each day, due to its large size.
The Greyhound is a low-maintenance dog with regards to grooming. Stripping and trimming are not required, however, regular brushing is recommended to reduce shedding and the occasional bath is necessary. Regardless, be prepared to vacuum frequently.
The English Greyhound dog breed was recognized by the AKC in 1885.