The greyhound is intelligent, gentle with a quiet disposition, and in spite of its great athletic ability, is content to spend most of the day sleeping. Short on
Greyhounds are one of the oldest breeds of dogs, tracing back over 8,000 years to early cave drawings.
Male: 65-70 lbs.
Female: 60-65 lbs.
Height at Withers:
Male: 30 in.
Female: 28 in.
Dolichocephalic (long face)
Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day
Energy Level: Laid back
Longevity Range: 10-13 yrs.
Tendency to Drool: Low
Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Low
Tendency to Dig: Low
Social/Attention Needs: Moderate
Overall Grooming Needs: Low
AKC Classification: Hound
UKC Classification: Sighthounds & Pariahs
The greyhound is
The coat is short and smooth and easy to maintain. The coat comes in a wide variety of
The male greyhound typically stands between 26 and 30 inches tall and weighs 65 to 70 pounds. The female weighs about 60 to 65 pounds less than the male.
The greyhound has a very gentle and quiet disposition. As it was necessary for the greyhound to hunt and run in groups, aggressiveness toward other dogs has almost been completely eliminated from the breed. The dog does have a strong prey drive, however, and may not be suitable for homes with small pets such as rabbits.
The greyhound is often tolerant of children and, being non-aggressive, will usually walk away from annoyance rather than snap or growl. In spite of his great athletic ability, the greyhound is quite happy to spend most of the day sleeping. The dog does not have a lot of endurance and actually requires less exercise time than most dogs.
As with all
The greyhound is an average shedder, and the short coat does not require a lot of grooming.
A safe place is needed for the dog to run, but long periods of exercise are not required, unlike what some assume. In fact, the breed has been called the "40 mph couch potato." The greyhound is a friendly pack-oriented breed and will readily adopt a family as his own.
Greyhounds are one of the oldest breeds of dogs, tracing back over 8,000 years to early cave drawings and ancient Egyptian
Whatever the origin of the name, the greyhound today continues to be the same noble dog depicted in art and literature throughout history. This breed has long been associated with royalty. In fact, from the 11th to the 14th century, English law decreed that no "mean person" be allowed to keep a greyhound.
For thousands of years, greyhounds were bred to hunt by outrunning their prey. The fastest breed of dog, a greyhound can reach a speed of over 40 miles per hour. The dog is also very graceful and athletic, with the ability to
Continued careful breeding and handling over the years have made the greyhound a most intelligent, affectionate companion. With the advent of greyhound track racing, as well as dog