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greyhound dogHistory of the Greyhound

The Greyhound originated in the Middle East and it is thought to have existed 6,000 years ago and has been used in hunting deer and wild boar, pulling them to the ground without stopping. Today Greyhounds are used in racing and unfortunately several thousands of greyhounds retire from racing each year seeking new homes.

Appearance of the Greyhound

The head of the Greyhound is long with fine, powerful jaws, and small ears which are folded back. The body is long with a deep chest and thin "waist" with a long tail set low on the body. The legs of the Greyhound are long and muscular. The coat is fine and silky and may be a variety of colours and brindle, black, fawn and red are common.

Height of the Greyhound

The Greyhound stands 27-30 inches up to the top of the shoulder.

greyhound dogCharacter of the Greyhound

The Greyhound is the fastest dog in the world and can achieve speeds of 40 miles per hour. It is gentle, affectionate, loyal and well behaved. Greyhounds can be timid in nature, particularly with strangers, and are usually very tolerant and patient with children.

Requirements of the Greyhound

The Greyhound requires plenty of exercise and food. However the Greyhound can give chase to small animals and so is best kept on a lead unless in a confined area. Due to their tendency to bloat they are best fed two or three small meals a day.

Health Problems Associated with the Greyhound

Greyhounds can be prone to bloat and haemophilia.

Lifespan of the Greyhound

The average lifespan of the Greyhound is 10-12 years.

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