Today we will talk about the iconic dog breed, a breed that was the favorite hunting companion of pharaohs, emperors, kings, and royal elite through ages. This breed is, of course, Greyhound.
Greyhounds’ iconic “inverted S” shape suited for high-speed chases, strong prey drive and their gentle and friendly nature is what made them so popular for thousands of years. Today we will learn more about this amazing breed.
Greyhounds are originated in parts of North Africa and the Middle East. These dogs are mentioned in some of the most important ancient civilizations such as Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilization.
During the Dark ages, the Greyhounds found their way to royal houses of Europe.
In various regions, the greyhound is also called a “rabbit dog” because it has always been used preferentially for hunting rabbits.
Greyhounds reached the Americas via Spanish and English explorers and colonists. In 1885 it was one of the first dog breeds officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Greyhounds have that iconic aerodynamic appearance. The main features of a Greyhound clearly suggest that this is a dog built for sprint and speed. Long legs, narrow head, strong rear-end muscles, all these physical traits make Greyhounds speed demons of the dog’s world.
There are two types of Greyhounds, athletic type and show type. Athletic Greyhounds are sleeker, weigh less, and are slightly smaller than the show Greyhounds.
Typically athletic Greyhound will stand between 25 and 29 inches tall, while show Greyhound will stand between 26 and 30 inches tall. Males of both types weigh between 65 and 85 pounds, while females weigh between 50 and 65 pounds. Of course, the weight of athletic Greyhounds is in the lower regions of the scale.
The Greyhounds have a smooth, short coat. Despite their name, Greyhounds’ coats can be in a wide variety of colors such as black, white, red, gray, blue, fawn, etc.
Since their coat is short and thin, Greyhounds may struggle in areas with a colder climate.
Personality & Temperament
Greyhounds are non-aggressive, friendly, and intelligent dogs. They are good with kids and strangers. Greyhounds are very sensitive and mistreatment may cause them to become timid and shy. Puppies are inquisitive, curious, and playful.
The greyhound behaves a little shyly and distanced to strangers. Greyhounds also have a very pronounced protective instinct. They always guard their territory and are very suspicious of strangers.
Health & Lifespan of the Greyhound
Generally speaking, Greyhounds are healthy dogs. However, just like other dog breeds, they are also prone to certain diseases.
The most common health issues in Greyhounds include:
- Cardiac conditions
- Sensitivity to anesthesia
- Osteosarcoma (Bone cancer)
- Eye conditions
The life expectancy of greyhounds is about 10 to 15 years. As you already know, you can promote the health of your favorite through nutrition, posture and care.
Because of course we all want to spend a nice and above all long time with our beloved four-legged friend. In this article, you have already learned what is important to promote the health of your animal.
Although diseases cannot be completely avoided, at least something can be prevented. You can prevent some diseases with a healthy, balanced diet.
Caring for the Greyhound
One would think that sprinters like Greyhounds have tons of energy waiting to be spent every day. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Greyhounds are, in fact, low-energy dogs that love to nap a lot during the day. However, this doesn’t mean they don’t need daily walking and exercise. Just like most other dog breeds, Greyhounds need exercise, socialization, and mental stimulants to stay happy and healthy. Failure to provide this will lead to bad behavior such as destructive behavior.
Keep in mind that Greyhounds have a strong instinct to chase prey. Therefore, never let your dog off-leash during the walks as he will start chasing small animals like rabbits or squirrels.
Also, make sure your yard is fenced as the dog will run away in the pursuit of possible prey.
The Greyhound’s coat is short, but it still sheds. Therefore, brush your Greyhound daily to manage to shed.
Wash your dog with dry shampoo to ensure he is clean and smells good.
Pay special attention to ear and teeth hygiene. Greyhounds have problems with dental hygiene. Therefore, you need to brush your dog’s teeth daily to ensure he has healthy teeth and sweet breath.
Trimm the nails once a month if they don’t wear down naturally.
Feed your Greyhound high-quality food twice a day. Male Greyhounds should eat between 2.5 and 4 cups of dry food divided into two portions every day. On the other hand, females should eat between 1.5 and 3 cups of dry food divided into two portions every day.
Of course, every dog needs a balanced and species-appropriate diet. In addition, your four-legged friend’s food should ensure that his health is supported. Accordingly, the feed should provide sufficient energy supply.
A mixture of wet and dry food is advisable for nutrition. Occasionally, you can also consider raw feeding (BARF). In addition, you should always keep an eye on the ingredients of the food.
Of course, expensive is not equally good. However, it is usually the case that cheap products use ingredients that do not provide sufficient nutrient supply that your four-legged friend needs.
For this reason, you should consider higher-quality dog food, which requires the following ingredients: protein, muscle meat and carbohydrates. These nutrients optimally ensure that your dog’s energy needs are met.
Remember, these are just guidelines. Every dog is different and has different needs. Therefore, keep track of your dog’s weight and adapt the food, portions, and treats to his age, lifestyle, and weight.
Greyhounds tend to be independent and stubborn. Therefore, you will need to spend a lot of time training them. However, with persistence and consistency, you will eventually train your Greyhound.
Like in most dogs, early socialization and contact with other dogs, humans, and animals are crucial in the proper mental development of the dog.
Commonly Asked Questions
Are Greyhounds good family dogs?
Yes, Greyhound is one of the best house pets you can have. Their gentle, calm, and friendly nature combined with low energy makes them perfect house dogs. Also, they are great with children and strangers.
How much is a Greyhound puppy?
The price of a Greyhound puppy depends on its background and the reputation of the breeder, Generally, you can buy a Greyhound puppy for somewhere between $500 and $1000.
Is a Greyhound a good first dog?
Yes, Greyhound can be a good first dog. Their low energy, sensitive nature, and good behavior around kids and strangers make them great candidates for a first dog.
How much exercise does a greyhound need?
Greyhounds can also be kept in the apartment, but they have a strong urge to move and must therefore be used regularly and extensively. When this need is met, they usually show themselves calm and relaxed at home.Is a greyhound susceptible to certain diseases?
There are no known diseases to which greyhounds are particularly susceptible. However, of course, there is never a guarantee of a long and healthy life. Therefore, you should pay attention to sufficient exercise, good care and a balanced diet.