History of the Greyhound
The origin of the Greyhound is long and colorful, dating back perhaps as long as 4,000 years to what is now southwest Turkey. The Greyhounds appearance has changed little because their purpose has not changed, they were and always have been bred for speed. While no one knows for sure, this breed may be the oldest known to man.
Ancient Egypt revered the dog. It is the only breed of dog named in the Bible (Proverbs 30:29-31). They were rated number one among all animals both as pets and hunters. In Persia, ancient Rome and Greece, the Greyhound enjoyed similar esteem. The first dog in literature was the Greyhound, as included in 800 B.C. in the Odyssey. Greyhounds first appeared on coins in 500 B.C. The dog's arrival in England is documented in a law from 1014 (occasionally found as 1016 in text) when the King decreed only nobility could own Greyhounds. In this period Lord Orford began the famous Greyhound-Bulldog breedings. This continued for seven generations and resulted in the Greyhound we know today.
In late 1800's the Greyhound was imported to America to control rabbit populations in the Midwest. Coursing events soon followed and track racing is believed to have originated with Patrick Owen Smith's invention of the mechanical lure around 1912. The first circular track opened in 1919 in Emeryville California. 5/16, 3/8, 7/16 and 9/16-mile, are the most frequently run distances in Greyhound racing. Greyhounds will cover the 5/16-mile course in approximately 31 seconds reaching speeds up to 45 m.p.h.
By nature Greyhound's are very gentle and sensitive and have a strong bond with humans. Their Temperament is docile, sometimes bordering to timid.
They rarely bark and thus do NOT make good guard dogs.
They shed very little and are used to being handled by many people.
They are good with children and most pets
They are often called 40 mph couch potatoes and sleep most of the day and all night too! Great for apartment and condo living!
They are EXTREMELY intelligent creatures and can be trained relatively easily
They are used to rising early about 6AM, but will adapt to your schedule!
They are used to being walked on a leash. Greyhounds can go from 0-40 mph in 3 strides, so being on a leash or in a fenced-in yard is imperative! Electric fences will NOT work!!!
They must never be tied or put on a dog run because they can break their necks!!!
They are used to a routine (4 turnouts daily) A short walk scheduled about 10 min. after each meal is ideal.
Greyhounds live approx. 12-15 years. Most racers are retired between 2 and 5 years of age.
Males are 26 to 30 inches high at the withers, females 24 to 27 inches high.
Males are 65 to 90 pounds. Females are between 50 to 70 pounds.
Greyhounds can be found in over 18 colors including blue (gray color which is fairly rare), fawn, red, black, white, spotted, and many shades of brindle.
GREAT INFO ON GREYHOUNDS
LOOK UP YOUR PUP’S PEDIGREE, STATS, ETC.
GREAT SITE ON POISON CONTROL FOR PETS
GREAT INFORMATIONAL SITE AS WELL AS A FORUM FOR DISCUSSION
GENERAL OVERVIEW OF TICK BORN DISEASE ASSOCIATED WITH GREYHOUNDS
GREAT SITE FOR GREYHOUND ADOPTION WORLD WIDE