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Greyhound The Greyhound (also called the English Greyhound) breed is one of the world's fastest dog breeds. For the thousands of families that have adopted them, Greyhounds have generally proven great family pets. Just to make sure to keep these dogs on a leash--if a Greyhound dog runs away, you won't catch him! The Greyhound's Behavior Source: Wikipedia. Recommended for: pet The Greyhound breed is one of the fastest dog breeds. Yet they are not marathon runners, merely sprinters. Greyhounds need a good walk or short run every day. But too much exercise can cause a Greyhound to lose an unhealthy amount of weight, so endurance activities are not recommended. Greyhounds are said to be less territorial than most dogs. They are also said to get along better with children and other animals than most dogs. Lacking an undercoat, Greyhound dogs often pose less of an irritation to dog-allergy sufferers. Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home. The Greyhound's Physical Characteristics Here are some of the characteristics of the Greyhound breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

  • Size: Males: 65-70 pounds; Females: 60-65 pounds
  • Coat: short and smooth
  • Color: any
  • Eyes: dark, bright
  • Ears: small, fine-textured, folded
  • Skull: long and narrow, wide between the ears
  • Muzzle: large, blunt, straight, not pointed
  • Nose: black
  • Tail: long, fine, tapered

The Greyhound’s Origins and History Source: Wikipedia. Country/Region of Origin: uncertain Original purpose: hunting, racing ("coursing") Name: thought to come from Old English grighund; the meaning of "grig" is unknown; the name "grey" does not refer to the color of the same name, the similarity of the words is a coincidence. The breed is also called "English Greyhound." Historical notes: It is believed that Celts brought Greyhounds to Britain during their invasions in the 5th and 6th centuries. Recent DNA analysis indicates the Greyhound breed is closely related to herding dog breeds. The DNA analysis indicated that the modern Greyhound is not closely related the Saluki or Sloughi, ancient breeds that are depicted on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs and had been thought the forebears of the Greyhounds.



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