GreyhoundPublished: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson
The Greyhound is the fastest dog around. They make a great family dog and just need some space to run to get their burst of energy out.
Average size and lifespan
Lifespan: 10 - 14 Years
- Barking Amount
- Grooming Difficulty
- Shedding Amount
- Easy to Train
- Can Be Alone
- Exercise Need
- Cold Tolerance
- Heat Tolerance
Form and function are major themes for this breed. The Greyhound boasts a striking, lean, aerodynamic body that is made for speed. In fact, this is the fastest dog on the planet. Providing a fenced-in yard and lots of exercise is a must!
Independent and almost cat-like, they will quickly become a beloved household member.
Fun fact: The Greyhound is one of the most ancient breeds. Interestingly, it can be traced to almost every country in the world.
The original ancestors of the Greyhound are believed to come from the Celts in Eastern Europe. The breed originates from a line of sighthounds used for hunting because of their superior eyesight.
It’s also noted that the Ancient Egyptians had similar-looking breeds, but there’s no definitive connection between these dogs and Greyhounds.
The name Greyhound is probably from the Old English grighund, which doesn’t mean grey but possibly fair hound/dog. This makes sense, as they are actually a variety of colors.
Greyhound Training & Temperament
As a sighthound, Greyhounds were bred to spot animals and hunt on their own along with humans. This leads them to be more independent than some other breeds. Training requires beginning from a young age and lowering expectations to short, simple training sessions. Using positive reinforcement over a longer period of time is the most effective.
Greyhounds are a mix of bursts of high-speed energy and relaxation. They don’t need constant exercise, but it’s best to give them some opportunities to run free. This can mean running in a fenced dog park or chasing a ball at high speed. After getting that energy out, they’re happy to lounge around the house.
The Greyhound’s coat is short and smooth, requiring little maintenance. They need the occasional bath or brush, and their ears should be checked for buildup.
Owners should watch for bloat, where the stomach can expand. It’s best to avoid running them immediately after meals or drinking large amounts of water.
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Can Greyhounds be apartment dogs?
The Greyhounds does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.
Can Greyhounds be left alone?
Greyhounds don't like being left alone for too long. They tend to show some symptoms of seperation anxiety when left apart from their owners for long periods of time.
Are Greyhounds good with kids?
Greyhounds can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.
Are Greyhounds friendly with strangers?
Greyhounds love other people and will tend to run up to them for affection. They quickly become great friends with anyone.
Do Greyhounds get along with other dogs?
Typically, Greyhounds get along well with other dogs or are easy to socialize with them. It's uncommon that they're overly agressive.
Do Greyhounds bark a lot?
As far as dogs go, Greyhounds bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.
Do Greyhounds shed a lot?
The Greyhound isn't a heavy shedder. Some limited brushing and occassional cleaning should help prevent much hair build-up.
Do Greyhounds need a lot of grooming?
With a Greyhound you won't need to dedicate any extra time to special grooming. Their coats are easy to deal with.
Do Greyhounds need a lot of exercise?
The Greyhound has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.
Are Greyhounds easy to train?
Although Greyhounds can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.
Can Greyhounds handle cold weather?
Expect Greyhounds to not do well with the cold. If you live in a cold climate you'll need to take special consideration for this breed.
Can Greyhounds handle hot weather?
The Greyhound does quite well in hot conditions. They enjoy the heat and sun, just make sure they're given water as needed.