The history of a Greyhound goes far back into ancient times. Ancient Kemet, later were given the name Egypt by the Greeks, showing great respect for Greyhounds. They were only among the elites and noblemen of the times.
There is artwork in artifacts such as drawings of the most historic people of the Ancient Egyptians. They were buried with royalty and were the favorite dog of infamous boy, King Tut who died at 19.
Later, the Greeks would come into Egypt and take the Greyhound back to their country. They were held in the same reverence as the Egyptians held them.
The Greyhound would continue with this same love and affection from royalty in the countries of Rome and England before finally ending up in America in the late 1400’s.
Greyhounds surprisingly were bred to hunt, herd cattle, and protection from other animals from the beginning. The smart and intelligence of the Greyhound made them a household name in some of the riches mansions and have been drawn in art as far back as 6,000 years before present.
They are the fastest breed of dog in the world and can cover more ground quicker than any other breed.
Greyhounds were first registered in the late 1800’s making them one of the oldest dogs in the American Kennel Club. There is documentation that some of the first dog shows had heavy influence by the Greyhound.
The breed is one of the oldest dogs and one of the more influential dogs in the history of mankind. The dog is still known for its long legs, fast running, broad chest, long neck, and skinny head.
Different Types of Greyhounds
There are Greyhounds in many countries particularly worldwide and they all call them different names. The Greyhounds breakdown into two different types. Those two types are racing and show Greyhounds.
Isn’t much different other than one is a larger size than the other one and what the owner wants to do with the dog.
Racing Greyhounds are apart of a sport and competitive races. These Greyhounds takeoff and race like horses with fans in the stance placing bets on who will be the victor. The fastest greyhounds are in race and these typically tend to be the bigger ones.
Due to smaller portions of money being bet against in the races they are less capital intensive than real horse races.
Greyhounds can get to a spend of at least 45 MPH. This Greyhound is less muscular than the show dog and is with the National Greyhound Association.
Show Greyhounds don’t race and aren’t an asset in competitive races. They do have a rich history of competing in dog shows and impressing large crowds of fans.
These Greyhounds are registered members of the American Kennel Club and are very impressive on stage. The size of the muscles is much larger on this dog, but it is shorter than the racing Greyhound.
The weight range of Greyhound:
60 to 70 pounds for males
55 to 60 pounds for females
Males 28-30 inches
Females 26-28 inches
Greyhounds have an average lifespan of 10-14 years of life before passing away. That is right in the middle of the pack of where most dogs are at.
They can be all kinds of colors, but they are most known for having a blue, or gray, color coat in America. In addition to their blue coat they also host a red coat. There are brindle coats that look like the strips on a pit bull or bulldog.
Brindle coats come in different colors. The coat can be blue brindle, red brindle, black brindle, etc. The fawn color goes from light red, red, to dark red fawn.
You can also find Greyhounds that are black, black and white, or fawn.
Greyhounds host several different coats and aren’t held to any one although they are known for having a blue coat due to the color some companies use in their advertisements.
A Greyhound is a high energy dog that requires a lot of exercise. That program I would recommend for a Greyhound looks like this
Morning: Run 1 hour
Afternoon: Walk 1 Hour
Night: Treadmill 1 Hour
Use this method when the dog is in need of emergency exercise. You will know when they reach this point because of many different behaviors they are displaying. Jumping, misbehaving, barking, and just not being calm and relaxing.
For more behaved dogs I would recommend this type of program
Daytime: Run 45 minutes
Nighttime: Walk or Treadmill 45 minutes
Greyhounds have so much energy you want to take the time and see who else you can get involved in the process.
For example, if you live with someone you can run them and let put the dog on the treadmill later in the morning or later that night.
Teamwork really does make the dream work and can lead to the dog being mentally and physical taken care of by his or her owners.
Greyhounds host a shorter coat. They are less high maintenance than other dogs because they only need to the brush and shampoo. You still need to show the dog some grooming attention. Brushed your dog multiple times per week to make sure you stay on top of his fur health.
The fur is so short that you don’t need to use a comb ever. If you did use one it would need to be a very fine-tooth comb to have the ability to do what a comb needs to do.
Haircuts should be something that you don’t have to worry about with this breed.
Clean the ears and trim the nails often. This breed can get ear infection if the proper care isn’t taken. Certain weather conditions can enhance the amount of debris found inside of the ear.
Here are the health issues that Greyhounds owners should be aware of
- Bone Cancer
- Heart Murmur
- Bloat or Gastrointestinal Syndrome
- Lyme Disease
- Protozoal Infections
- Paw Corns
- Hair Loss
- Blood Vessel Blockage
Greyhounds are a member of the Hound Group. The hound group is a diverse group of dogs that have one thing in common and not many others. All these dogs were bred or known to hunt for thousands of years.
The diversity of the group comes from some hounds being very lazy and nonchalant. While others in the group are the fastest dogs in the world and reach car level speeds while hunting down their prey. The group in different in terms of athleticism and body size.
Extremely high prey drive and the willingness to chase after their prey. These dogs can smell prey from miles away and some of them can relentlessly run after them at high speeds. Making them an excellent partner to take out to hunt for animals.
Dogs in the Hound Group include:
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Australian Kelpie
- Australian Shepherd
- Belgian Malinois
- Border Collie
- Bouvier des Flandres
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
- Old English Sheepdog
- Shetland Sheepdog
In addition to these excellent hunting skills hounds could make a sound called baying. Here’s a video showing them making that sound.
These dogs are one of the most recognizable dogs in the world. They are known all over the world and have one of the longest known histories of all dog breeds.
Greyhounds are very popular with their racing and in the extremely popular dog shows that compete in. The outstanding reputation of the breed as loving as well as a family dog leaves no room for caution.
Special hunting abilities in combination with their insanely fast running speed differentiates them from other dogs.
The unique look of a greyhound makes them easy to identify. There is a bus company in America called the Greyhound Lines, Inc and they have used that name since 1929 with over 3,800 different locations.
There are movies that involve Greyhound Races
The Mighty Celt
Th Gay Dog
Jumping for Joy
Man About Dog
Nation Geographic: Greyhounds: Running for Their Lives
Fun Fact: Bella, a retired racing, Greyhound was nominated for an Oscar for the film All The Money In The World.
Is a Greyhound a good first dog?
They would be an excellent first dog for any dog owner. They have a great temperament and are known to sleep all day long. Those characteristics make them a great first dog for first time owners.
Training a hound dog can be exciting! They have great prey drive and will thrive when it comes to playing fetch and other basic games.
Teaching commands will be a breeze for a patient and persistent owner. Strong intelligence put them into a special class of dogs. Owners will have a great time spending time with a dog that can catch on to training in a short time period.
Do Greyhounds Make Good Family Dogs?
This dog is great with the family. Kids will find it enjoyable to grow up with a greyhound. They have the energy in combination with the gentleness to be a great family asset that kids can expend energy with.
The small behavioral issues you will encounter makes it a great fit. The wife or husband will never have to be scared to go outside and everyone can join in on exercising and giving the dog commands.
Due to their hunting instincts the Greyhound will guard the house with tenacity. The backyard will be under control complete and no one will break into the house without meeting a vocal hound dog.
Although biting and aggression isn’t one of the main assets, they will treat strangers with the attention they deserve.
Do Greyhounds Shed?
Greyhounds have a very short coat and there is no reason to worry about the dog shedding excessively. During the summer months all dogs will shed some hair, but the amount they shed is very small compared to dogs with medium and long coats.
There is no need to get the dog trimmed or cut at any point in time. The most maintenance you must worry about is brushing the dog to keep the coat visibly glossy.
Do Greyhounds Get Along with Other Dogs?
Having another dog in the household and bringing in a Greyhound won’t disrupt the pack. Entering in a new pack the hound dog will fit in perfectly and will never be a cause for concern.
When you have one of these dogs and want to bring in another there is an acceptance that takes place immediately.
The only thing you should think about is that they tend to be a little standoffish in some dogs. Make sure you socialize the dog early and often, but there is no reason to worry about this sight hound getting into a fight or making an issue about sharing the yard with another dog.
Are Greyhounds Vicious?
Greyhounds aren’t known to be vicious to human or dogs. They do exhibit controlled viciousness during hunting expeditions. If you want the dog to be a vicious you may need to find a different breed that will fit that mold much better.
How to Train a Greyhound?
Training a Greyhound will have to deal with the basics. First things first and the first thing is always exercise. When you make the decision to exercise your dog every single day that you possible can you will fulfill something that the dog will desperately need at all life stages.
The first few years will be the most you need to exercise them. At ages 3-5 you will see that a smaller amount of exercise will be needed to fill their needs.
Once they reach 5+ the dog will start to slow down a whole lot and only need a small amount.
Figure out what your rules are going to be and make sure you enforce them consistently. You have to keep at it until they are second nature and the dog is enforcing themselves.
Corrections are a part of a dog’s lives. You should find out how you will use a good mix of corrections and positive enforcement to bring the complete package to different areas as needed. Do which ever one works the best for the different situations.