Facts about Greyhound Dogs

Are you unsure how to care for Greyhound dogs, or just want to learn more about the breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Breed History

This is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world - its ancestors lived in ancient Egypt more than 5,000 years ago.

In the early days, they were used for hunting deer and wild boar.

The breed was introduced to Great Britain around the tenth century, where it became very popular. In fact, it became so popular that between eleventh and sixteenth centuries, commoners were not allowed to own these dogs.

It arrived in the United States in 1500s with Spanish explorers.

Over time, its use as a hunter diminished and then stopped altogether and it became a racing dog (it can reach speeds up to 45 mph over short distance).

Unfortunately, only few of the dogs that retire from racing can be adopted and the majority is destroyed.

By the way, the breed is also known as an English Greyhound.

  Greyhound Dog Pictures  

Physical Characteristics of Greyhound Dogs

The Grayhound is a large and powerfully built dog.

It has a long neck and head, which is narrow near the muzzle and wide between the ears. Its body is sleek and narrow, with a long tail, deep chest and long and powerful limbs.

The coat is short, smooth and, contrary to the breed name, may be of any color.

    Height Weight
  Male 28 to 30 inches 65 to 70 pounds
  Female 27 to 28 inches 60 to 65 pounds


This is a very intelligent dog. It's sensitive, affectionate, gentle and gets along well with other dogs and humans. Unlike many other breeds, it's good with children.

The only ones it may not get along with, because of its strong prey drive, are small animals, especially cats.

Most don't like noise and are shy with strangers. To give it confidence, consider socializing your dog while he is still young.

Like all sighthounds, Greyhounds love running. When at home, this is a surprisingly inactive dog.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

This is a very sensitive dog that will do better with a family that doesn't have very young children. Otherwise, it's very adaptable and will do well in most situations.

Some Greyhound breeders may interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

Outdoors, this is a moderately active dog. Indoors, it's a couch potato!

Though Greyhounds love running, it's not essential to their health. To keep your pet in shape, take him for several long and brisk walks every day. Of course, if you have a fenced yard, let your pet enjoy his favorite activity!


This is an average shedder and needs to be brushed once or twice a week. Wash only when necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the Greyhound is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Because this breed is prone to bloating, it's better to feed it two or three smaller meals instead of one large meal. To learn more about dog diseases and health care, visit dog health problems.

Pet Greyhounds also need soft bedding - without it, they develop skin sores.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Greyhound breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy is between 10 and 13 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Greyhound rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Greyhound Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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