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The Greyhound is a breed of hunting dog that has been primarily bred for coursing game and racing. It is also a popular pedigree show dog and family pet. The Greyhound is instantly recognisable because of its long, powerful legs, deep chest and slim build. It can also reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour when running. The Greyhound has a short-haired coat that comes in many different colors. The head is both long and narrow and in proportion to the body. The breed's history is romantically reputed to be connected to ancient Egypt.


Despite their athleticism and explosive physical ability, the Greyhound is not demanding when it comes to exercise. When not racing, the Greyhound is a gentle and calm breed of dog that is affectionate towards its family and those it knows. It is a friendly dog and is both brave and devoted. The Greyhound can be wary of strangers but does not have a tendency to bark or become aggressive. Even without socialization, the Greyhound is tolerant of other dogs and children, although it will not appreciate any rough play. Even-tempered is perhaps the best way to describe the Greyhound. Highly intelligent, this breed is easy to train.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 28-30 inches (71-76 cm) Bitches 27-28 inches (68-71cm)

    Weight: Dogs 65-70 pounds (29-32kg) Bitches 60-65 pounds (27-29kg)

  • Health Problems

    Greyhounds are prone to bloat. It is better to feed them several small meals instead of one large one. They are sensitive to drugs, especially sedatives and insecticides. They are also prone to injury because of their very active nature.

  • Living Conditions

    Greyhounds are not recommended for apartment life because of their explosive physical abilities. However, they can do okay in apartments if they are sufficiently exercised. They do prefer larger households that have a yard or garden to run around in.

  • Exercise

    This breed is quite energetic, but not as energetic as you might think. They need long and brisk walks on a daily basis. They also enjoy running around off-leash, but this should only be done in a safe, fenced in area as the Greyhound can, and will, chase anything it sees and will be very hard to stop once it has started to run.

  • Life Expectancy

    About 10-12 years.

  • Litter Size

    Sizes vary, but the average tends to be around 8 puppies.

  • Grooming

    Very easy to maintain, the coat of the Greyhound needs only a weekly brushing to keep it in the best condition. The coat barely sheds at all and only needs to be dry shampooed when necessary.

  • Group

    Southern, AKC Hound

  • Recognition