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Greyhound - Breed Profile:

Origin: England
Size: Large
Type of Owner:
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Very little
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Not generally dog-aggressive
Dominance: Low
Noise: Not a barker

Physical characteristics

The Greyhound is sleek gracefully countered dog built for speed. The chest is deep and the back is muscular. The front legs are perfectly straight. The head is long and narrow, fairly wide between the ears. The stop is very slight, scarcely noticeable. The eyes are dark, with an intelligent expression. The small eats are thrown back and folded when the dog is at rest; when it is excited, they are semi-pricked. The long tail tapers to the end; it is slightly curved upward. The hindquarters are very powerful and muscular with an arched loin.
The weight is 60 to 70 pounds. The height is 26 to 30 inches.


Greyhounds have a typical independent spirit of the hound. They need daily walks and several good runs per week, especially when young. Being extremely fast and having strong chasing instincts, they should never be let off leash unless you are in a completely enclosed, fenced area. Some individuals also have strong hunting instincts, so they should not be trusted with small non-canine pets. A well-balanced Greyhound is affectionate, brave and loyal. Can be a bit wilful sometimes. Most Greyhounds do well with considerate children of any age. A proper socialization is necessary to avoid timidity in adults. When the dog is relaxed, it is usually docile and quiet. Greyhounds enjoy comfort and can easily occupy your couch if allowed. Be clear and consistent about the limitations. Greyhounds need an owner who knows how to establish firm leadership.

Coat and grooming

Greyhounds come in all colours. The short coat is smooth and firm in texture, easy to take care of. Brush and bathe the dog when necessary.


Greyhounds have very little body fat, which makes them very sensitive to the cold. May be prone to bloat and hypothyroidism. It's better to give them 2-3 small meals rather than one large one. Sensitive to drugs, including insecticides. The lifespan is 10 to 12 years.

Other interesting facts

The Greyhound is a very ancient breed and the fastest dog in the world able to reach speeds of over 40 miles per hour (65 km/h).