Greyhound Dog Breed Information

Greyhound Quick Facts
Breed Group: Hounds
Origen: Africa
Nickname: English greyhound
Weight: 60-70 lbs
Height: 27-30 inches
Color(s): Black, gray, red, fawn, either solid or brindled, either whole colored or spotted

Greyhound Appearance

The Greyhound is tall and slender. The head is long and narrow, with a long tapering muzzle. His eyes are dark and the ears are small and folded. His tail is long, fine and tapering. The Greyhound is build for speed. It has tremendous muscle mass and light legs, further enhancing speed.

The feet are long and narrow. The coat is short and smooth and most often the color is black, gray, red, fawn, either solid or brindled, either whole colored or spotted. The weight of the Greyhound is around 60-70 pounds; and the height around 27-30 inches.

Greyhound Temperament

The Greyhound is intelligent, calm, sociable, and relatively easy to train and easy to please. They can learn almost all command and are fairly obedient except when they have set their eyes on the prey.

Their appetites are not excessive, but exercising them is fairly demanding. They are good with other dogs and with other pets if raised with them. They are reserved with strangers. They are very sensitive and sometime timid.

Is Greyhound the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Greyhound needs a daily exercise. He is the fastest of all breeds and it need to be on leash if you want to avoid trouble. They have a strong chase instinct and if they spot an animal such as a cat or rabbit they just might take off.

The Greyhound will do okay in an apartment if they get enough exercise. They are relatively inactive indoors and will be fine with a small yard. The Greyhound is gentle and docile and is very sensitive to loud noises, he seldom bark and is not aggressive.

Greyhound Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Greyhound is around 10-13 years.

Greyhound Health problems

The Greyhound is a relative healthy breed. Some concerns are esophageal achalasia, bloat (gastric torsion), osteosarcoma, thyroid problems, PRA, digestive problems and bleeding disorders. They are very sensitive to anesthetics, vaccines and chemicals and should never be casually medicated or sedated.

Greyhound Care and Grooming

The Greyhound hard coat requires only and occasional quick brushing. The ears should be checked regularly and the claws kept trimmed. Use dry shampoo occasionally and bathe only when necessary.

Greyhound Shedding

The Greyhound is an average shedder and therefore is not well suited for allergy suffers.