About the Greyhound

December 3, 2009 9:17:32 AM PST
The Greyhound is the fastest breed of dog and can run up to 45 miles an hour. Originally bred to outrun its prey- from deer to rabbits- and work with other dogs, the ancient breed can be traced back to carvings on Egyptian tombs. They were often bred by royalty and were one of the first dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club.

The move from hunters to racers has kept the breed agile and muscular with a distinctive silhouette- the deep chest, narrow waist and long, curved tail.

Greyhounds are often available as pets after retiring from the track between the ages of 2 to 5 years. Their life expectancy is 12 to 14 years and they way between 50 to 85 pounds- males are bigger.

Off the track, Greyhounds make loyal pets, but can be aloof around strangers. They enjoy exercise- and should be kept on leashes or in fenced in yards due to their tendency to run.

They are gentle, non-aggressive pets that are good with children and other animals, including cats.

Information gathered from:

  • The Greyhound Alliance
  • American Kennel Club: Greyhound
  • Adopt-A-Greyhound: They Greyhound Project

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