Greyhound

23 Mar

 

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Description:

The greyhound is a tall and slender dog, built for speed. They reach 27 to 30 inches in height and weigh between 27 and 36 kg (60-80 pounds) with females being slightly smaller than males. They have a long and narrow head which is wide between the ears and a long muzzle. The ears are held back high on the head and folded. They have dark eyes. Their legs are long and straight and they have a tail that is long with a slight upward curve. The anatomy makes them perfect for sprinting, light yet muscular with the biggest heart in the dog world. The coat is short and comes in a range of colours.

 

Health problems:

This is a very healthy breed with few hereditary conditions. The most common problem seen in these dogs is bloat and it therefore is more beneficial to feed in several small meals in a day rather that one large one. This is a breed that may also be sensitive to some drugs including some flea treatments.

 

Origin:

This is an ancient breed with paintings found in ancient Egyptian tombs showing a dog similar in structure. As a sighthound, they have extremely good vision and have been used for centuries in helping humans to catch their quarry, as well for its sporting abilities. Interestingly the greyhound is only second to the cheetah and one species of antelope as the worlds fastest land animals. Today there are two types of Greyhounds being bred: Show lines, which conform to the written standard and racing lines, bred for speed. The Greyhound was recognized by the AKC in 1885.

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Grooming:

This is a very low maintenance dog which requires little grooming although the breed is an average shedder.

 

Temperament:

This is a very devoted breed which is intelligent, loving and laid back however it can be reserved when meeting new people and sometimes even around its owner. This is another breed where natural authority is a must as these dogs are very sensitive to the tone of voice and look to someone with calm authority who is willing to be consistent with clear rules and boundaries. As these dogs may sometimes have a timid nature, socialisation is important. Although they have a high prey drive, these dogs are usually very even tempered and gentle. Their prey drive is very strong and so they instinctively chase anything that moves fast. That being said some with a low prey drive may automatically get along fine with small animals such as cats, and others may be trained. It is important however to bear in mind their drive and speed and therefore their ability to kill. Usually they get on fine with other dogs and will do well with children providing the child is aware that the dog does not like to play rough. In the home they are generally very calm and laid back, often to the point of being considered lazy. To someone who has the right calm authority, these make a wonderful companion.

 

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Living conditions:

Although fairly big in size, these dogs can do well in an apartment providing they get the exercise they need. They are fairly inactive inside and will do well with a small yard.  A common misconception is that due to their speed they need huge amounts of exercise. Whilst it is important to fulfill their instincts to walk, they are happy to sit around and relax all day and then have short bursts of speed when outside and let off the leash. Bear in mind that you must be sure that it is safe to let them off the leash due to their instinct to chase. They need to be made to heel and no that their human is their leader. They are sensitive to the cold but providing they wear a coat outside they should do fine in colder climates. Due to its slim body and thin skin, it is important that these dogs have a soft bed to sleep on as hard surfaces may result in sores.

 

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Life expectancy:

10-12 years

 

Where to get one:

If you want to bring a puppy into your life, as always it is important to do your research and find a reputable breeder, ask lots of questions and to see the parents (or at least mother). Avoid puppy mills. If you are considering an older dog, it may be worth finding a rescue dog or a retired race dog. Retried race dogs used to be put down but now there are many rescue groups out there dedicated to finding these dogs loving homes to spend the rest of their lives.

 

 

 

 

http://www.pets4homes.co.uk/pets4homes/home.nsf/breedinfo/greyhound

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/greyhound.htm

http://greyhoundgap.org.uk/homing-a-adoption/homeless-hounds?gclid=CKOhn7nYjrYCFabLtAod90AAJw

 

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