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Greyhound - Care and Grooming

The Greyhound is an agile, graceful, and determined dog, and this breed is best known for its racing abilities and is a racetrack dog. Friendly and gentle yet lively and fun, the Greyhound is a sweet and sensitive creature, and enjoys the peaceful life but also enjoys the companionship of his loved ones.

 

This said, the Greyhound is not a clingy dog and is independent, serious, and sensible. These docile dogs are the fastest of all the breeds, and will need to be given the space to run a few times each week. However, the exercise requirements for the breed are not overly excessive, and the Greyhound will enjoys spending time relaxing providing he gets the chance to run in a safe area on a regular basis.

The Greyhound gets along well with children, although he is best around older and more considerate children. He also tends to get along okay with other animals, although he can be a chaser when it comes to smaller dogs and other small animals - early socialization is recommended. With strangers the Greyhound can be quite reserved yet polite. The Greyhound is a dog that is best suited to a peaceful environment, and although effective training is important owners should be calm and positive with this breed and never demanding or harsh. One thing to watch out for with the Greyhound is his tendency to steal toys and food.

Greyhound Appearance

The Greyhound is a large, svelte, and very graceful dog, and has a long, thin muzzle and an intelligent expression. The coat of the Greyhound is fine and close fitting, and the coloring can vary and includes brindle, white, fawn, cream, blue, and black. The weight of the Greyhound is 55-65 pounds for females and 65-80 pounds for males. The height of these dogs is around 26-30 inches.

Greyhound Grooming

The grooming requirements for the Greyhound are low, which is ideal for those with time restrictions - an occasional brushing of the coat will keep it clean and sleek.

Greyhound Health Problems and Life Expectancy

The lifespan of the Greyhound is around 9-14 years, and there are a number of health problems that have been associated with this breed. Some of the health issues to look out for include thyroid problems, bloat, PRA, digestive problems, bleeding disorders, and allergies to drugs and chemicals. The parents of the Greyhound puppy should have CERF certificates.

Greyhound History

The Greyhound originates from Egypt, and his ancestry dates back to the days of Ancient Egypt. The breed was used to hunt large animals such as deer and wolves. These days, the Greyhound makes for a good family pet and is also used for racing.


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