Greyhounds were bred as hunting dogs for chasing foxes, deer, and hares. Puppies in this breed can reach speeds of forty to forty-five mph, which makes them the Ferraris of the dog world. Unsurprisingly, Greyhounds have a reputable name for being racing dogs. For this reason, you may adopt them retired as well as in the care of rescue groups and shelters.
The Greyhound is an old dog breed from Northern Africa and the Middle East and has admired several cultures. Greeks observed greyhounds, shown in artwork by Egyptians, recognized by a Roman poet, and is the only dog breed discussed in the Holy Bible. Greyhounds identified their way in European Countries through the Dark Ages. Greyhounds were very respectable for their hunting power. The policies of that time guarded royal game reserves by stopping anybody staying within ten miles of the king’s forest area from having a Greyhound. The Greyhound’s reputation grew in England because of the popularity of racing and coursing. British colonists and Spanish tourists took them to America, where they flourished, coursing coyotes and jackrabbits on the wide-open plains.
Greyhound’s Physical Appearance
Greyhound features a deep chest, long neck, narrow head, long-muscular hindquarters, and long-slim tail. Its coat is smooth and short and can have different colors. The Greyhound has a height of twenty-five to twenty-seven inches and weighs about sixty to seventy lbs.
Greyhounds have an excellent temperament, being non-aggressive and friendly; however, some might be aloof towards strangers. Let them have a treat, though, and they will be a friend for years. They are intelligent and independent, also catlike in several ways. They can have a sensitive side and quickly respond to worries at home. They might be timid or afraid of punishment, even when unintentional.
Susceptible to Diseases
Greyhounds are often healthier; however, like many dog breeds, they are vulnerable to several health problems:
- Thyroid problems
- Stomach Torsion
- Anesthesia Sensitivity
Care and Grooming
The Greyhound’s smooth, short coat needs little grooming beyond frequent baths and rubdowns weekly using a wet cloth or hound-glove. Their fast-growing nails must be cut routinely if not worn out naturally because very long nails might cause pain to your dog. The ears must be examined at least every week for any build-up of wax that can lead to infection and cleaned when necessary. The teeth must be cleaned routinely, using toothpaste made for dogs.