Greyhounds are sight hounds. They see a little scurrying critter and are driven to chase it. Designed for speed; the Greyhound is muscular yet lean, powerful yet agile. Greyhounds have a deep chest for maximum oxygen intake, long legs, and a body design that enables the dog to contract and stretch his back to add extra propulsion to a double legged gallop. The long tail works both as a rudder and a brake.
Some Greyhound Facts
- weight: 60-70 pounds
- height at shoulder: 26-30 inches
- lifespan: 10-13 years
- short hair: solid, brindle and spotted in lots of colors: red, fawn, white, black, brown, blue
The origin of the Greyhound is often described as ancient. Egyptian tomb carvings, circa 2900 BC display Greyhounds. The Roman, Ovid wrote about Greyhounds in 43 BC.
Greyhounds were plentiful in Britain during Saxon times. Both nobility and commoners used Greyhounds to hunt game such as deer, fox and rabbit. In 1014 Forest Laws prohibited all but nobility to chase game with dogs unless "lamed". Commoners poached of course, but by the time the Forest Laws were repealed, some 400 years later, most commoners had turned to farming and were eating domestic meat. Therefore, the commoners were now working farm and herding dogs. Greyhounds were kept mostly by nobility for hunting and by the 1800's for the sport of lure coursing.
Lure coursing made it's way to the New World where formal tracks were developed and the live hare was replaced by a mechanical lure.
- I'm a sprinter, not an endurance runner. If you are training for a marathon and need a running buddy, get a Dalmatian
- sure I'm sweet and easy going. I'm also a hound, so I've got an independent streak I plan to keep
- I need a coat in cold weather not for fashion but because I feel chilly
Greyhounds are affectionate with their people and with other dogs. Interestingly, they get along well with little pets as long as they are raised with them. Non family members who are small are considered game to be chased.
Greyhounds come in two types: show and racing. The two types are not typically interbred. The racers are smaller and faster than the show dogs. Both types are sweet, reserved with strangers and occasionally timid.
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