of the greyhound
of years Greyhounds have been bred to hunt by outrunning their prey.
They were not intended to be solitary hunters, but to work with
other dogs. Switching from hunting to racing has kept this aspect
of their personality very much alive. The fastest breed of dog,
Greyhounds can reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour, and can average
more than 30 miles per hour for distances up to one mile. Selective
breeding has given the Greyhound an athlete's body with the grace
of a dancer. At the same time, the need to anticipate the evasive
maneuvers of their prey has endowed the Greyhound with a high degree
has a long neck and head, with a barely noticeable stop, or bridge
to his nose. The ears are small and usually folded flat back against
the neck. The ears may stand semi- or fully erect when the Greyhound
is attentive. This is called a "rose ear."
The back is
long and muscular with an arch over the loin. The deep chest and
narrow waist give the Greyhound its distinctive silhouette. The
legs are long and powerful. The feet are small and compact, with
well knuckled toes. The tail is long and curved.
The coat of
a Greyhound is short and smooth, and is the result of crossing Greyhounds
with Bulldogs in the mid-1700s. Greyhounds come in an endless variety
of colors, including white, fawn (tan),
cream, red (rust), black, blue (grey), many shades of brindle, and
with patches of these colors on white. There is virtually no body
fat. In general, Greyhounds are very clean and do not require a
lot of grooming.
A show Greyhound
typically stands between 26 and 30 inches and the shoulder, and
weighs 60 to 85 pounds. Bitches average around 10 to 15 pounds less
than dogs. The average lifespan is twelve to fourteen years. Track
Greyhounds are often between 25 and 29 inches and 50 to 80 pounds.
The AKC standard specifies 65-70lbs for males,
60-65 for females as ideal.
is a quiet and docile animal when not racing. While they can be
somewhat aloof in the presence of strangers, more often they are
generally friendly to most people. They are very affectionate toward
those they know and trust.
The Greyhound is recognized by all major kennel clubs around the
world, as well as by various national racing clubs such as the National
Greyhound Association (NGA) and the American
of the greyhound
one of the oldest breeds of dogs, and appear in art and literature
throughout history. In ancient Egypt, Greyhounds were mummified and
buried along with their owners, and tombs were often decorated with
Greyhound figures. A hieroglyph of a dog very much resembling the
modern breeds Greyhound, Saluki, and Sloughi can be found in the writings
of ancient Egypt. Alexander the Great had a Greyhound named Peritas.
The Greyhound is mentioned in the Old Testament (Proverbs 30:29-31),
Homer (Odyssey, where the only one to recognize Odysseus upon
his return was his Greyhound, Argus), Chaucer (The Canterbury Tales),
and Shakespeare (Henry V and Merry Wives of Windsor).
Greek and Roman gods and goddesses were often portrayed with Greyhounds.
As Clarke, in
The Greyhound states:
ancient as the Greyhound is, it would be stretching the truth to
claim that the Arabian hounds depicted on the ancestral tombs of
ancient Egyptians were identical to the Greyhounds we know today.
In their conformation, in their grace and pace, in the poetry of
their motion, yes -- but not in the style of coat they wore! [...]
In fact, there is reason to believe that the Arabian Greyhound may
well have resembled a Saluki -- but for all, still a dog of the
There are many
differing explanations for the origin of the term Greyhound. One writer
suggests that the original Greyhound stock was mostly grey in color.
Another says the term derives from the Old English "grei," meaning
"dog," and "hundr," meaning "hunter." Another explanation is that
it is derived from "gre" or "gradus," meaning "first rank among dogs."
Finally, it has been suggested that the term derives from Greekhound,
since the hound reached England through the Greeks.
long been associated with royalty. In fact, from the 11th to the
14th century, English law decreed that no "mean person" was allowed
to keep a Greyhound. Penalty for breaking this law was death!
The Fastest Dogs On Earth
several unique distinctions among their canine brethren. Not only
are they the oldest purebred dog, dating back to the Pharohs of
Ancient Egypt, but they’re also the fastest dog on Earth. Greyhounds
can run as fast as 45 miles per hour and can average 30 miles per
hour for distances as a long as a mile.
As pets, Greyhounds
receive high praise. They possess superior intelligence, but their
character is sometimes undervalued because of their reserved behavior
towards their master and toward strangers. The Greyhound is sensitive,
courageous, loyal and, of course, very fast.
room in your hearts and homes for these wonderful loving pets, they
deserve a chance to be loved, happy and have a better life. If you
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