Dog Stories

 

Dog Breeds

Please subscribe here to our newsletter to sniff out the latest doggy news

 

Your email

address

Your first name

Then

Your e-mail address

is totally secure.
It will only be used

to send you the

Dogs Gossip

Newsletter

Dog Breeds - Alaskan Malamute

 

 

 

 

 

Greyhound

Greyhound

Description  

The Greyhound is a sleek, mean racing machine.  It is renowned to be the fastest breed of dog over a short distance reaching anything up to 43 mph.  It had been bred for thousands of years to originally hunt other animals, but happily nowadays it just chases around that elusive mechanical rabbit on race-tracks which really it never seems to be able to catch.

 

Temperament

What can I say, they just make the most wonderful pet. They possess this fantastic sense of humor, love to be around people, are quiet, extraordinarily friendly, restrained and very clean. Basically they are just a pleasure to have around.  They just love to be around children and are very gentle with them.  Not an overly boisterous dog they prefer to be with a family that lives quietly, but are prepared to do a lot of walking and running with them, as they just love those open spaces like sandy beaches and open paddocks where they can just let loose and work those legs.

 

Appearance

Height:  27 – 31 inches (68 – 78cms)

Weight: 55 – 66lbs (25 – 30 kgs). 

They come in all types of colours and markings you could imagine, have a long sleek body, deep chest, muscular and powerful back legs and a long and curved tail.

 

Grooming

Grooming you say, what grooming!  The Greyhound has a silky smooth short fine coat and because this breed of dog keeps themselves so clean, all they really need is a going over with a soft short bristled brush every now and again.  As long as you keep their nails trimmed on a regular basis and give them a nice bath to freshen them up now and again, the grooming is taken care of.

 

Life Expectancy

12 – 14 years.

 

Health

They really don't have any known health problems within their breed, however if they are a racing dog, they do regularly suffer from muscular sprains and strains, bruising and toe injuries, depending on their level of fitness and incidents during a race.  Most racing Greyhounds retire around the age of 4 years, unless injuries have forced them to retire earlier. 

  

Suitability

This breed is suitable for the more experienced dog owner, however, if you are fortunate enough to be able to adopt an ex racing dog which has been detrained, because of all the constant human interaction it has received over the years you will have a dog which will fit into your household very easily without any problems at all.

 

If you are considering a Greyhound as your next pet there are Greyhound Rescue Shelters dedicated to retraining ex-racing Greyhounds for rehoming. Find a shelter in your local area. 

 

Custom Search

 

 

 

Greyhound - Back to Top


Back to Dog Breed Selector

 

Home

Dog Adoptions | Dog Breeds | Dog News

Dog Stories | Dog Photos | Dog Facts | Q&A's

Dog Names | Dog-O-Scope | Dog Movies | Celebrity Dogs

Dog Grooming | Dog Food | Missing Dogs

Shopping Mall | Directory

The Dogs Blog | Site Search | About this Site

 
 

Tidbit

 At maximum acceleration, a racing greyhound reaches a full speed of 70 kmph within 30 metres or six strides from the boxes, traveling at almost 20 metres per second for the first 250 metres of a race

 

 

 

dog breeds

 

dog photos

 

dogs

 

 

Privacy Policy

 Contact Us 

Want to know what drives this site
Enthusiasm, passion and the right tools!
SBI drives this site