This dog is fast and loves to chase outdoors and indoors it is quiet and well-mannered. With its thin coat, it should not live outdoors.

Breed Overview

Originating during the ancient times in Great Britain, these hare-coursers are extremely fast. Today, they are used for racing, lure coursing, and open field coursing.  They are quiet, well mannered, calm, sensitive, eager to please, but somewhat timid. They are very reserved towards strangers but get along well with other pets if raised with them. Greyhounds are excellent sprinters but are not endurance runners. Though they seem like long-distance runners, they are content with just a long walk and they enjoy to snuggle up on the couch.  Ideal human companions for these hounds are singles, active and sporty individuals, those with large backyards, and families with older children. Grooming is very minimal because they only require brushing to remove dead hairs.

Breed Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Breed Details & Traits

Height: Male: 27-29"; Female 26-28"
Weight: Male: 65-70 lb; Female: 60-65 lb
Lifespan: 10-13 years

Breed Traits

Calm, Fast, Quiet, Sensitive, Sighthound,

Health Concerns

Common Health Concerns for Greyhound:
Less Common Concerns for Greyhound:
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