The name Greyhound is said to have been derived from the Latin word “Gradus” which means “high grade”. The breed finds its origin to ancient Egypt where these dogs have been portrayed in paintings and engravings. Studies suggest that dogs of the Greyhound types have been further developed across Europe. The modern purely-bred Greyhounds were first registered privately in the 18th century in the United Kingdom.
Historically, the Greyhounds have been known as great hunters owing to their keen eyesight and swift legs. These dogs are known to have been introduced in the UK in the 5th and 6th century BCE.
The breed gets its nickname (The World’s Fastest Couch Potato) owing to the fact that though being a quick runner, Greyhounds are calm, quiet and very well mannered while in the house, thus making it one of the best choices for pets. They can be indoors for long hours and if you train them as an outdoor animal then they can be extremely sociable with other dogs and they tend to chase anything small or big that moves. They can be sensitive and sometimes too.
- Activity level: 5/5 (fast runners and good hunters)
- Intelligence level: 4/5 (can be trained easily)
- Curiosity: 4/5 (curious but dignified)
- Friendliness: 5/5 (friendly with family members and even animals outside the house)
- Vocal: 3/5 (females may be more vocal than males)
Greyhounds are tall and slender in appearance. A narrow head, long muzzle, dark colored eyes and small ears are their significant features. The neck is long and slightly arched. Another astonishing feature is its long legs with the front legs being perfectly straight.
- Fur: They are short coated with colors like blue-grey, black, fawn, brindle, white appearing uniquely or in blends.
- Eyes: The eyes are dark in color.
- Body structure: They have a tall and slender body with a narrow head, arched neck, deep wide chest and slim long legs. The tail is long with a slight upward curve.
- Facial features: The muzzle is long and tapering with small ears and small eyes.
- Weight: The males weigh between 65 to 80 lb while the females weigh between 60 to 70 lb.
With no major health concerns, the Greyhounds are known to suffer from minor health issues like esophageal achalasia and osteosarcoma. While the former can be diagnosed with an esophogram, a bone survey radiography or a bone biopsy may help detect osteosarcoma.
Greyhounds are very much prone to bloats so it is advised to give them 2 to 3 small meals instead of large ones. You can take them for brisk walks and allow it to play in the open so that they stay physically active and fit. Its short coat is easy to maintain and it sheds less too. All you need to do is brush it occasionally or dry shampoo when required.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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