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Greyhound

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Greyhound

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Dog Group Kennel Club Hound
Breed Classification Greyhounds belong to the hound group and are used for racing, coursing, as a companion and in the show-ring.
Cost of Ownership
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Average Food Cost
< £4
Feeding Requirements
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.
Other Expenses
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.
Average Puppy Price
£300-500
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
8
General Physical Description
Greyhounds are the racehorses of the canine world, incredibly fast and aristocratic, graceful and elegant. Generously proportioned and upstanding, these dogs are symmetrical and strongly-built. With their long, straight forelegs, they cover the ground in low, free strides at great speed, being propelled by muscular hindlegs which come well under their bodies.
Height Min Max
Bitch 68cm 71cm
Dog 71cm 76cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 27kg 30kg
Dog 30kg 32kg
Size Category Large
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.
Ailments 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.
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History 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!
Intelligence 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!
Show Characteristics 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 Great Britain/Egypt
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Characteristics
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Energy Low
Overall Exercise 40 - 60 minutes
Distress Caused if Left Alone Medium
Personal Protection Low
Suitability As Guard Dog Medium
Risk of Sheep Worrying High
Tendency to Bark Low
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Low
Compatibility With Other Animals Medium
Suitable For Children
High
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!
Grooming
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Coat Length Short/Smooth
Grooming Requirement < Once a week
Trimming None
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming One of the easiest breeds to look after with regard to their coats. An occasional brush over is sufficient.
Colour Greyhounds come in all colours: black, white, red, blue, fawn, fallow, brindle or any of these colours with white.
Shedding None
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies

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