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Also known as: English Greyhound

Nickname: Greyts

Breed origin: Very ancient breed - first evidence of the breed discovered in Egypt, with carvings in old tombs dating back to 2900 and 2751 B.C.
Original purpose: Has been used on practically all kinds of game from deer, stags, foxes and such, but the hare is the Greyhound’s natural quarry. Formal coursing events came on the scene over two centuries ago.

AKC recognized: 1885
AKC group: Hound

Size: Weight: males 65 to 70 lbs; females 60 to 65 lbs
Size: Height: males 27 to 29 inches; females 25 to 27 inches
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Color: Any color.

Life span: 12 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Greyhound is quiet, well mannered, loving, sensitive, and gentle. They are the fastest breed of dog and love to run, but they are sprinters and not high-energy dogs, requiring only short daily walks to stay happy and healthy. They love to sleep and are very quiet and rarely bark. They are extremely loyal and make excellent pets. The lack of an undercoat makes them easier to groom, but when combined with their general lack of body fat, make them more susceptible to extreme temperatures. Greyhounds have a very high prey drive and no road sense, and must only be taken out on a leash or in securely fenced areas.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good watchdog? No

Protective? No

OK for inexperienced owners? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes

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Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: Low/Moderate

Suitable canine sports/activities: racing, lure coursing, conformation

Exercise requirement: Short walk daily.

Grooming requirement: Their short coat does shed, but the lack of undercoat is sometimes said to be better tolerated by people with allergies.

Known health problems: Sensitivity to insecticides, sensitivity to anesthetics, esophageal achalasia, gastric dilatation volvulus, osteosarcoma.

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Recommended books for further reading:

By Barbara Karant, Alice Sebold, Alan Lightman, and Yvonne Zipter
Published in 2008
128 pages

Adopting the Racing Greyhound
By Cynthia A. Branigan
Published in 2003
224 pages

Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies
By Lee Livingood
Published in 2000
416 pages

The Reign of the Greyhound
By Cynthia A. Branigan
Published in 2004
256 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Greyhound Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Greyhound Club of America Rescue

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