The Greyhound is a breed of dog originating from the UK. The first evidence dated from the 6th century BC in Mesopotamia. These hounds belong to the group of hunting dogs, mostly chasing rabbits and deer. They run very fast, but only in short distances.
Historians believe that first Greyhound was brought into the territory of contemporary England in 5thand 6thcentury BC. However, there are documents, proving that the Picts and other northern tribes have had similar hounds long before these times.
Today the Greyhound is an adorable for pet and is mostly used as a racing dog. For the first time this breed was registered in the AKC in 1885.
The Greyhound is a graceful dog that has a long thin snout and a smart look. The coat is thin and close fitting to the body and color and can be white, fawn, brown / gray with darker stripes, cream, blue and black. The weight of greyhounds is about 25 - 30 kg for female representatives and about 30 - 36 kg for the males. The height of these dogs is between 66 and 76 cm.
Character and behavior
The Greyhound is agile, graceful and resolute. This breed is quite famous with it's racing abilities and is sometimes called “The Hippodrome Dog”. Friendly and nice, cheerful and fun, the Greyhound is asweet and sensitive creature, who likes the quiet life, and enjoy the love of its owners.
Training and education
The training of these puppies is quite a difficult task. It is easier to teach them basic commands and good manners, but for the serious tasks will be difficult to attract their attention.
There are a lot of Greyhounds who perform complex commands and are very obedient, but they are trained by professionals or people with a lot of experience in breeding dogs. This dog has an innate obedience and interesting skills, which will be a gift for you when trying to train your dog better. Load yourself with a lot of patience and if you really want to train your pet, it is better to contact a coach for individual workouts.
The average life expectancy of Greyhounds is approximately 9-14 years. There are several health problems, you should know about before choosing from a number of puppies for sale. Such problems may include: thyroid issues, swelling, PRA, digestive problems and allergies to drugs and other medications. Make sure that the parents of your puppy have OFA and CERF certificates.
Grooming and care
These dogs need more space and time to run. They can join you during your daily jogging routine. There is one thing you should be aware of -the fact that one of its favorite activities is to steal food and toys.
The confident, patient and active owner will find that the Greyhound is a great companion and loyal pet. The grooming requirements are very low, the only thing you need to do is combing the hair with a brush from time to time to keep the coat in good condition. Bathing can be done only when necessary.
Children and other pets
Greyhounds get along very well with children, especially when they are older and more delicate. Representatives of the breed are quite kind to other animals, but early socialization is recommended. When it comes to strangers, things are a little different - sometimes your hound could be very polite and hospitable, sometimes can be reserved.
The Greyhound is known as the fastest dogin the world. They can run with more than 70 km/h, which is almost as the speed of a galloping horse.
The first holder of the title “Best in Show” at Crufts was a Greyhound named Primley Sceptre. This happened in 1928.