The Greyhound, also referred to as the English Greyhound, is a popular breed of tall, slender dog that probably originated in Eurasia (ancient). It belongs to the Hound breed family which is notable for their extraordinary hunting skills. Greyhounds have been initially bred for racing and coursing games, but have recently become show dogs and engaging household companions. Their smooth, fine coat usually comes in all colors.
Height and Weight
The male members of the Greyhound breed normally stand a height of 28 to 30 in at the withers, and weigh 65 to 80 lbs. Bitches, on the other hand, commonly have a height of 68 to 71 in, and a weight of 60 to 70 lbs. Some lines are even larger; reaching a pound range of 90 to 100 lbs.
Greyhounds, in general, are laid-back, charming, devoted, and loving dogs. They are gentle, sociable, and even-tempered. The breed bonds well with children, and could fairly get along with other dogs. Nonetheless, they tend to be quite reserved with strangers, especially if not socialized well by their owners. The breed is known to be brave and intelligent. They have a strong prey drive that prompts them to chase almost anything that moves. Greyhounds are extremely fast, and are likely to kill domestic animals like cats. They generally have a tremendous level of stamina, and they rarely bark. The breed is not particularly vigilant, and is not often difficult to housebreak. They basically need a firm yet calm owner who can lead them properly in the pack.
Greyhounds are easy to groom. Their smooth, dense coat only needs to be brushed on a regular basis to keep it from excessive shedding. Bathe the dog only when really necessary.
Greyhounds are a typically healthy breed. Nonetheless, similar to other sight-hounds, this breed is also likely to be very sensitive with insecticides, and anesthesia. Other health complications associated to them are bloat and esophageal achalasia. With proper care, nutrition, and exercise, the Greyhounds can live for as long as 10 to 13 years.
Because Greyhounds are often calm and relaxed at home, they can be suited for apartment-living. They are not suitable for outdoor life, and may require a lot of regular exercise. The breed usually makes excellent jogging buddies, and would love to trot with their owners as they bike. Several physical and mental challenges would be necessary to keep the breed fit and happy.