Greyhounds belong to the hound group and are used for racing, coursing, as a companion and in the show-ring.
< £4 per week
They are relatively small eaters and will therefore not cost a lot to feed. Grooming requirements are negligible but they can be prone to leg injuries which could cause veterinary bills.
A puppy will cost around £400/500, but if bought for racing or showing, this could be considerably more. However, because 10,000 greyhounds are retired from racing every year, there are always adult dogs in need of a home.
9 - 15 years
Greyhounds will live on average for 10 to 12 years. However, some ex-racers only live to 7 possibly due to the use of steroids during their racing careers.
Average Litter Size
Litter sizes can vary but the average is 8 puppies.
General Physical Description
Weight Height Range
Bitches measure between 68 to 71cms at the withers, weighing 27 to 30kgs, dogs between 71 to 76cms,weighing between 30 to 32kgs.
Because of the greyhounds explosive physical abilities, they are prone to injury. They are also known to be sensitive to drugs, especially sedatives. Adopted Greyhounds will need regular dental care as their teeth are generally badly neglected. Additionally, extra teeth are common in some Greyhounds.
Skin irritations of the tail
Short Spine, Injuries
Esophageal malformations, Sensitivity to drugs
Susceptibility To Illness
Greyhounds were amongst the most highest-favoured of all dogs; Pharoahs and other Egyptian, Asian and African leaders had images of their dogs engraved into their tombs dating as far back as 4000BC. They were used for coursing large game: antelopes, wolves and deer. During the ensuing centuries, Greyhounds became extremely popular and spread through the near East and Europe, eventually arriving in Britain where they became a status symbol, so much so that in 1016 only the elite were allowed to own a greyhound. The Canute Law depicted 'No meane person may keep any greyhounds.' Indeed, they are the most common heraldic dogs to be found in the coats of arms of both Charles V of France and Henry VIII of England. They were then used in coursing hares, but only as a sporting event as neither the owner nor his guests would eat the kill. Later track racing took over which again proved them to be the fastest dogs on earth: only the cheetah can beat them for speed in the animal world!
Greyhounds are fairly easy to train and can learn almost all commands. They can, however, choose to totally ignore you if they have their eyes set on a prey! <
The head is long with a flat skull and slight stop. The jaws should be strong with a complete scissor bite. The eyes should be oval, preferably dark with a bright, intelligent look. The ears should be small, rose-shaped and finely textured. The neck should be long, muscular and elegantly arched. The back should be rather long, broad and square. The forelegs should be long and straight with good quality bone and the hind legs muscular with well-bent stifles and well let down hocks. The feet should be compact with well-knuckled toes and strong pads. The tail should be rather long, set on rather low, carried low and slightly curved.
Country Of Origin
40 - 60 minutes per day.
Whilst Greyhounds can be classified as possibly the most athletic of all domestic dogs they do not necessarily need copious amounts of exercise. Two 20 minute walks a day will usually suffice. A high fenced garden is a necessity as they are great jumpers. They must never be allowed off the lead in public places, unless very well-trained, as it is in their natures to chase anything that moves! Always remember that these are the fastest of dogs and can reach speeds of 64km/h.
Distress if Left Alone
Guard Dog Suitability
Risk of Sheep Worrying
Tendency to Bark
Level of Aggression
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitable For Children
General Character And Temperament
These dogs are calm and social indoors and can even be rather lazy. They are intelligent and sensitive dogs who can make ideal family pets if given the right owners! Whilst they are gentle by nature, their natural hunting instinct is always present and owners must be willing to take on the necessary responsibilities that go with the breed. They are affectionate with their families although can be aloof with strangers. They normally get on well with other dogs in the household but cat owners should exercise extreme caution. They are loving and well behaved dogs and are particularly good with children. Because of their nature as sprinters, Greyhounds have relatively low endurance and should be given the opportunity to sleep should they so desire!
< Once a week
Requires Professional Groomer
One of the easiest breeds to look after with regard to their coats. An occasional brush over is sufficient.
Greyhounds come in all colours: black, white, red, blue, fawn, fallow, brindle or any of these colours with white.
Suffers From Allergies