Dog Greyhound: traits, characteristics and origin
Greyhound

The Greyhound is a very old European breed of dog, a sighthound which has been historically bred for coursing game and latterly Greyhound racing.

Description

CategoryLarge breeds: 50-100 lbs
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Other namesEnglish Greyhound

Males are usually 71 to 76 centimetres (28 to 30 in) tall at the withers and weigh around 27 to 40 kilograms (60 to 88 lb). Females tend to be smaller with shoulder heights ranging from 68 to 71 centimetres (27 to 28 in) and weights from less than 27 to 34 kilograms (60 to 75 lb). Greyhounds have very short fur, which is easy to maintain. There are approximately thirty recognized colour forms, of which variations of white, brindle, fawn, black, red and blue (gray) can appear uniquely or in combination.

History

The breed's origin is romantically reputed to be connected to Ancient Egypt, where depictions of smooth-coated sighthound types have been found which are typical of Saluki (Persian Greyhound) or Sloughi (tombs at Beni Hassan c. 2000 BCE). The Greyhound is a very old European breed of dog, a sighthound which has been historically bred for coursing game and latterly Greyhound racing. Since the rise in large scale adoption of retired racing Greyhounds, particularly in North America from the end of the 20th century, it has seen a resurgence in popularity as a family pet. The Greyhound is often used as a mascot by sports teams, both professional and amateur, as well as many college and high school teams.

Temperament

Greyhounds are quiet, gentle, and loyal to owners. They are very loving creatures, and they enjoy the company of their humans and other dogs. Whether a Greyhound enjoys the company of other small animals or cats depends on the individual dog's personality. The Greyhound is not an aggressive dog, as some may believe due to muzzles worn during racing. Muzzles are worn to prevent injuries resulting from dogs nipping one another during or immediately after a race, when the 'hare' has disappeared out of sight and the dogs are no longer racing but still excited. Contrary to popular belief, adult Greyhounds do not need extended periods of daily exercise, as they are bred for sprinting rather than endurance. Greyhound puppies that have not been taught how to utilize their energy, however, can be hyperactive and destructive if not given an outlet, and they require more experienced handlers

Advice

If you are considering bringing a Greyhound into your home, there are some important things to consider. Greyhounds are very beautiful and graceful dogs, but they can be a lot of work. They need a lot of exercise and need to be taken on a daily walk. They can be very sensitive to changes in their environment and can be anxious, so it is important to make sure they are comfortable in their new home. Greyhounds also need to be kept on a leash at all times, as they can be easily startled. They also do not like to be left alone for long periods of time, so it is important to have someone around to keep them company. With the right care and attention, Greyhounds can make wonderful companions. They are generally gentle, loving, and loyal, and they can be a great addition to any family.

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