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Greyhound

greyhound

An Agile Athlete

Calm, quiet, sensitive

Greyhounds are well-mannered, eager to please, and cuddly large dogs. Greys are very reserved toward strangers, but get along well with other pets if raised with them. Ideal human companions for these hounds are singles, active and sporty individuals, those with large backyards, and families with older children.  These athletic running dogs are excellent sprinters but do not have the endurance to run long distances. So although Greyhounds seem like they’d need to run all day, they are content with just a long walk followed by a cuddle session on the couch.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:26-29 in. Weight:60-70 lb Lifespan:10-13 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
2

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Greyhounds are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and short play sessions. They can have a high prey drive, so they need to be leash walked and a sturdy fence is a must. They can also be sensitive to cold, so a warm winter wardrobe is a must.

Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Greyhounds often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


Greyhounds are even-tempered, quiet, and have a low activity level indoors; an excellent housemate.

Positive Traits:

• Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

• Quiet—not much of a barker

• Needs minimal exercise

• Mild-mannered and easy to get along with

Negative Traits:

• Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

• Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

• Can be difficult to housetrain

• Standoffish toward strangers

• Can be independent and strong-willed

Whether you are considering adding a new Greyhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Greyhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Greyhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert. 

Some health issues a Greyhound could encounter:

  • Bloat
  • Cancer
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Joint Disease

The Greyhound is an ancient breed thought to have originated in Egypt. Bred for speed, they were used for coursing game, including deer and hare. This sighthound is a popular racing dog, known as a 40-mph couch potato, because while they are fast, they also enjoy resting at home. The Greyhound was bred for sprinting rather than for endurance. This breed is the fastest of all dogs, clocking in at speeds of up to 44 mph/71 kmh! At home, the Greyhound is a gentle and laid-back dog that appreciates a comfortable place to sleep. Greyhounds are good with calm children and most family dogs.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Greyhound shows signs of the following:

  • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

  • Any new or changing lumps or bumps

  • Lameness with or without swelling

  • Stiffness or reluctance to rise/sit/use stairs

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Small blood vessels extending onto the clear cornea

  • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Tubular vomit, undigested food

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Care

    Routine Care: Greyhounds are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and short play sessions. They can have a high prey drive, so they need to be leash walked and a sturdy fence is a must. They can also be sensitive to cold, so a warm winter wardrobe is a must.

    Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Greyhounds often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Greyhounds are even-tempered, quiet, and have a low activity level indoors; an excellent housemate.

    Positive Traits:

    • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

    • Quiet—not much of a barker

    • Needs minimal exercise

    • Mild-mannered and easy to get along with

    Negative Traits:

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

    • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

    • Can be difficult to housetrain

    • Standoffish toward strangers

    • Can be independent and strong-willed

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Greyhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Greyhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Greyhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert. 

    Some health issues a Greyhound could encounter:

    • Bloat
    • Cancer
    • Bone Cancer
    • Bleeding Disorders
    • Joint Disease
  • History

    The Greyhound is an ancient breed thought to have originated in Egypt. Bred for speed, they were used for coursing game, including deer and hare. This sighthound is a popular racing dog, known as a 40-mph couch potato, because while they are fast, they also enjoy resting at home. The Greyhound was bred for sprinting rather than for endurance. This breed is the fastest of all dogs, clocking in at speeds of up to 44 mph/71 kmh! At home, the Greyhound is a gentle and laid-back dog that appreciates a comfortable place to sleep. Greyhounds are good with calm children and most family dogs.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Greyhound shows signs of the following:

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

    • Any new or changing lumps or bumps

    • Lameness with or without swelling

    • Stiffness or reluctance to rise/sit/use stairs

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Small blood vessels extending onto the clear cornea

    • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Tubular vomit, undigested food

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

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