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Greyhound

Greyhound
origin:Egypt/Great Britain
date origin:Antiquity
life expectancy:10 to 12 years
classification:Hound
height:69 to 76 cm
weight:27 to 32 kg
exercise: Demandingfeeding: Mediumsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

The name of this breed could led us to think that this is a grey colored dog. In fact, there´s no such thing as a grey colored dog of this breed. There are many theories about the noun’s provenance, but despite it´s origins they all lead to the same significant: great hound or beautiful hound. This breed isn´t originally from Great Britain but it was here that it arrived around 2000 years ago, and where it developed to it´s present shape.

The greyhound can be traced back to 5000 b. C. It´s image can be observed in the Ancient Egyptian Art. After being exported all over the world, Est and West, various different ramifications were developed - Arabian, Spanish, Australian, Brasilian, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Russian and Rampur – some are already established as separate breeds, other are still waiting for that recognition.

Capable of running up to 69 Km/h it is considered the fastest dog breed and the third fastest land mammal, after the antelope (90km/h) and the cheetah (more than 100km/h). It was this speed that determined his use as a racer.

Primarily used for hunting, the Greyhound can see further then half a mile. Always connected with the nobility, it´s thought that this breed was the favourite of Egistians, Greeks and many aristocrats throughout the centuries.

In 1912, in the United States, the Greyhound track racing was invented, and nowadays the far majority of the Greyhounds don´t hunt, instead they run after a mechanical lure, a sport very popular in the Anglo-Saxons countries.

The main concern for this breed starts when the runners are no longer suited for the sport and are often abandoned. But even the athlete ones make good family pets. 
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General appearance [ edit ]

Sleek, long and narrow, the Greyhound was built for speed. In spite of that, this dog irradiates elegance and graciousness. Reaching up to 76 cm, this breed can have between 27 to 32 Kg of muscle.

There are no grey dogs of this breed, although the standard doesn’t impose any color. In fact, any color is acceptable for this breed, however the closest color to grey in the Greyhounds is blue, and even this one is rare. White, brindle, fawn, black and red are usually the most seen colors, and can appear singularly or in combination.

Greyhounds have very short smooth and straight hair. The neck is long, which accentuates his aerodynamic body. The head is long with barely any stop, and the ears are small, rose-shaped - thrown back and folded.

The tail is long, fine and with a slight upward curve at the tip. 
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Temperament [ edit ]

Reserved, gentle and affectionate – this is how we can describe the personality of the Greyhound dogs.

Although people think of him as a very energetic dog, the Greyhound tends to be very calm indoors, to the point of being considered lazy. They can live in apartments, as long as they are daily walked. Outside, they are very active.

Greyhounds bark very little, which makes them good for city living, however their not very vigilant, making them not very good watchdogs.

With a tendency to shyness, it is required an early socialization to get him used to strangers.

They don´t go well with small animals, due to their hunting instincts, but other dogs are welcomed in his pack. Children, as long as their not to young, are also appreciated by these dogs. 
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Health [ edit ]

Some health problems that the owner should be aware: bloat, canine hip dysplasia, Bone Cancer, Hygroma and Hypothyroidism.

The grooming is minimal; a brush should do the trick. When need for a bath, only when necessary, use dry shampoo. This breed is an average shedder.  
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Dog Trivia [ edit ]

The greyhound is the only dog´s breed name mentionated in the Bible.

One of the most famous Greyhounds is the animated character Santa's Little Helper from the series The Simpsons.  
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