Greyhound - Breed Information

Black Greyhound Standing in a Park

Are you looking for a lean and active canine for a pet? Perhaps you are interested in a dog that belongs to an athletic breed to complement your active lifestyle? If so, then you can expect no less of charismatic Greyhound. That said, there are some things that you need to know before getting one for a pet.

Appearance

Greyhounds are high, lean and muscular pet dogs developed for hunting and speed. They have short, smooth coats and can be any color. They grow to a height of 24 to 48 inches and weigh 60 to 70 pounds on average.

History

Tomb carvings portraying the Greyhounds were found in ancient Egypt originating from around 2900 B.C. At times, the canines were bred just by royalty, and they were passionate hunters in England.

Spanish immigrants brought the first Greyhounds to the United States in the early 1500s. They were one of the first recorded dog breeds to attend the first Westminster Kennel Club Canine Show. They ended up being recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.

Greyhounds were and still are, in spite of the demonstrations of animal rights activists, used for racing. Greyhounds who have been utilized for racing usually have an ear tattoo for identification.

Brindle Greyhound Lying Down Alert

Temperament

Hounds who love to hunt are independent by nature, and Greyhounds don't take commands well without positive and patient reinforcement, but they can be trained.

These are faithful, lovable, affectionate family pets who love the company of owners and other dogs in the household. However, they are not as tolerant of children who might handle them roughly. Thus, homes with children younger than 8 are not recommended for a Greyhound. Greyhounds are likewise lazy-bones and enjoy to snuggle (and they have an affinity for long naps on soft couches and beds).

They don't perform well with crating for many hours at a time and might experience stress and anxiety. Barriers are recommended to contain the canine to a particular area that offers ample space for the dog.

Potential Health Problems

Despite their athletic and agile nature, Greyhounds have a long list of diseases that are typical to the dog breed. Such conditions include the following:

  • Bone cancer
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Kidney disease
  • Corns appear like calluses on the paw pads
  • Pannus takes place when the cornea is irritated
  • Hypertension

Care and Grooming

Greyhounds enjoy exercise more than they require it. They are lean and muscular, so they ought to not permitted to end up being inactive. However, a short everyday walk or run around the backyard a couple of times daily is sufficient.

Greyhounds can run really, truly quick. In fact, they are the fastest among the dog breeds, so it is best to keep them on a leash when spending any amount of time outdoors. Keep in mind that they are sensitive to extreme temperatures so take care not to overexert them in warm and humid weather.

The Greyhound's coat is a single, thin layer that is short and smooth. As with many animals, some shedding is anticipated. Weekly brushing is advised, as well as regular nail clippings and ear cleaning.

Bathing can be as little as once every 4 to 6 months. When bathing a Greyhound, make sure that you use lukewarm water - nothing too hot or cold. Use a mild shampoo designed especially for dogs and make sure that you dry them thoroughly to avoid chills.

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