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Area of Origin
Breed Birthday
2900 B.C.
Breed Type
Personality Traits
Loyal, Friendly, Mild-Mannered
Related Breeds
Saluki, Afghan Hound, Scottish Deerhound, Whippet
Best Breeds For
An active owner who can be a firm and gentle leader. Greyhounds can be great family dogs but need to be socialized well beforehand.
Not difficult, as long as the owner is firm, loving, and confident in their own abilities. Greyhounds can be stubborn if they think they’re stronger-minded than their owners.
Greyhounds enjoy lounging and are well-mannered when indoors. Apartment life is totally possible, as long as they get daily outdoor time to stretch their legs.

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History of Greyhound


The Greyhound is an ancient breed that was depicted in carvings found in Egyptian tombs as early as 2900 B.C. They were also mentioned in Roman poetry in the early first century, and even made a cameo in the Bible. Admired for their hunting prowess, Greyhounds were very popular with royalty and eventually made their way to Britain. This breed became the face of “coursing,” the sport of chasing game. Today, Greyhounds are commonly bred for racing. But due to controversial practices around how retired racing dogs are treated, many nonprofits (like GreySave and Fast Friends) have sprung up to educate people about the amazing personalities of these dogs and help place rescued Greyhounds into loving homes.
Facts about Greyhound

Good To Know

Greyhounds are one of the most recognizable breeds in the world. Whether you’ve seen the breed depicted on the side of a bus or on the racetrack, the long and slender body of the Greyhound is one of a kind. These sprinters were originally bred to outrun their prey, and can reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Because of their arched backs and muscular legs, it's easy for Greyhounds to execute the double-suspension gallop. In layman's terms, that means they can be completely airborne while running. We think of them as the Ferraris of the dog world.
Greyhound health and care

Health & Care

Height: 2’1” to 2’6” at the shoulder
Weight: 50 to 85 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Greyhounds are generally healthy dogs, but prone to bloat. Feeding them multiple small meals rather than large ones can help. Hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism are possible issues as well; as always we recommend regular check-ups to keep your dog healthy and happy.
Greyhound personality


Greyhounds can be great family dogs but need to be socialized well beforehand; they also are better as affectionate companions rather than protective guard dogs. Greyhounds can be stubborn if they think they're stronger-minded than their owners, and may instinctively lunge for smaller animals like squirrels and cats due to their heightened “prey drive.” Greyhounds enjoy lounging and are well-mannered when indoors. They need regular exercise to stretch their legs, whether that means spending some time roaming around the yard or taking brisk walks with their owners.

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