The Greyhound

Quick Facts

- Best for experienced owners
- Best with older children
- Good with other dogs
- Medium exercise needs
- Low shedding
- Low guard dog capabilities
- Low ease of training

The Greyhound is a very old breed of dog. Their ancestors can be traced back 8000 years. Their actual place of birth is unknown, but the breed made its way to England sometime before 900 AD and spread across the continent. They were popular dogs, used primarily for hunting rabbits and other small game. During the 1500s, Greyhounds were brought to North America on Spaniard ships. Greyhounds are Sighthounds, which means they hunt by sight, not smell. They are capable of quick burst of high speeds, which they use to run down their prey.

Temperament:
Greyhounds are graceful athletic dogs. Like most Sighthounds, they are sensitive, gentle and sweet natured. They are best suited for a calm quiet household, as they do tend to be a little high strung and do not take well to emotional uproar. Greyhounds are best for experienced owners with serene patient dispositions. Training Greyhounds can take time and patience. Positive reward focused techniques work best.

Greyhounds are dignified reserved dogs. They are aloof with strangers and not given to extreme displays of affection. They are loving and friendly with their family and close friends. They are not dogs that gush with affection; they show theirs in a quiet more stately way. Greyhounds are loyal dedicated dogs. However, they are a little too timid and gentle to be considered good watchdogs. Early socialization will help them gain confidence and be more outgoing.

Despite their sweet nature, Greyhounds are best suited for homes with older children. They are a little too high strung and sensitive to be able to deal with the enthusiasm of young children. They normally do well with other dogs, but due to their Sighthound heritage, they may chase and kill small animals. Care should always be taken when allowing Greyhounds off leash; they can be off in pursuit of prey in a second.

Greyhounds are lovely dogs. They are quiet and well behaved, not one to cause a lot of ruckus. They fit well into almost any environment, country or city, house or apartment. Their exercise need are easily meant by a couple of walks daily and some time for unrestrained running as often as possible. Taking them somewhere like an enclosed dog park works well. They make excellent jogging and bicycling companions. Greyhounds also enjoy participating in lure coursing.

Appearance:
Greyhounds are sleek streamlined athletic dogs. They are graceful and lithe, built for quick bursts of speed. They stand 26-30 inches tall and weigh 60-90 pounds. Their short coat comes in a variety of colors, the most popular being white, grey, fawn, patched, and brindle. As the have, no undercoat they shed less than the average dog.

Health:
Greyhounds are not extremely popular dogs, therefore are not prone to many of the health issues that plaque the more commonly seen breeds. They are prone to bloat and cancer. Due to their lean body structure, they are not suited to sleeping on hard surfaces. They are dogs who will much appreciate a comfortable dog bed or at least a thick blanket to sleep on. They are sensitive to extreme temperatures. Especially cold and will need protection during the winter months. Greyhounds should not be relegated to the backyard; they are better suited to an indoor life. Like all Sighthounds, Greyhounds are sensitive to drugs and chemicals.


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