The Greyhound is an ancient breed, dating back as far as 4000 B.C. In Egypt the tomb of Amten contains carvings showing a greyhound attacking a deer. The origin of the breed’s name is debatable; some claim the name is a reflection of the animal’s prevailing color, gray; others claim it comes from the word “Graius,” meaning “Greek,” as the Greeks held the animal in as high esteem as did the Egyptians; still others claim the name is derived from the old British word “grech” or “greg,” which means “dog.”
At any rate, few animals have been held in such high esteem as the Greyhound, a favorite of royalty. Originally bred as a “gaze hound,” one that hunts by sight, the Greyhound was used to hunt deer, foxes, stags, gazelles and leopards, but its natural quarry is the hare. The Greyhound was not used in coursing until 1836 and in racing until much later. It was first brought to America by Spanish explorers in the early 1500′s. The Greyhound’s sleek body, noble heritage and grace make it a most admirable animal.
Size:Height 27-30 inches
Weight:Show dogs: 65-70 lbs. (males) and 60-65 lbs. (females).Racing dogs: 40-80 lbs.
Color:Usually gray or fawn; any colors or markings permissible.
Eyes:Prominent, dark eyes.
Body Structure:treamlined, muscular build with broad, muscular back; well-arched and muscled hind quarters; deep, wide chest; fairly well-sprung ribs. Long tail is tapered. Head is long and narrow; long muzzle, with little stop. Neck is long, muscular and arched. Small, fine ears fold back.
Hair Coat:Short and smooth.
Possible Health Problems:Generally healthy breed; potential problems include hemophilia, bloat, eye disease; esophageal disorders are occasionally found. Racing and coursing dogs susceptible to muscle and limb injuries.
The Greyhound is clean and quiet, calm around other dogs. It is a good pet for someone who wants a large dog. Little grooming is necessary.
It needs an owner who is capable of giving it a lot of exercise. It is also known for chasing cats.