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Group: Hound Group
Purpose of Breed: Racing
Country of Origin: Middle East
Average Size: Dogs average 28-30 inches and 65-70 pounds. Bitches average 27-28 inches and 60-65 pounds.
Color(s): Greyhounds come in all colors, either solid or multi-colored.
Coat Type: This breed's coat is made up of fine hair that is close to the body.
Grooming: This breed is an average shedder. Its short, smooth coat requires a minimal amount of brushing and can be wiped down with a soft cloth to keep it shiny. Greyhounds require standard care for eyes, ears, pads and nails.
Exercise Needs: Greyhounds are the thoroughbred horses of the dog world and appreciate the routine of running every day. They should be allowed to gallop freely at least once a day in a large, safely enclosed area. When not running, they are essentially couch potatoes-even suitable for apartment living. A fenced yard is a must, though they are not equipped to live outdoors.
Temperament: This breed is gentle and sweet. If properly socialized, they can be very friendly-even a bit over exuberant at times. Greyhounds can also be somewhat mischievous-stealing items around the house-especially food. Greyhounds are very loyal, loving and make wonderful family companions.
Common Ailments: Prone to bloat and bed sores; sensitive to insecticides.
Life Expectancy: Averages 10-12 years.
Trivia: The majority of the Greyhounds in the United States are used in the racing industry. Less than 200 a year are registered with the American Kennel Club. One of the most celebrated Greyhound owners in America was General George A. Custer, who traveled with a pack of about 40 hounds
More Information: Greyhound Club of America
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Happiness is a good bed and a big bone! My Greyhound Journey seems to be smiling when I took this picture. He just received a new bed, very big pillow and a treat. How lucky can a dog be?
Your Pet's Age
8 years and 9 years
Your Pet's Breed
Greyhound and Italian Greyhound
How and when did you get your pet?
Fergie was rescued from a racetrack when she was 2 years old and Eden was adopted when she was 5 months old.
What does your pet like to do for fun?
They love to play catch when I throw marshmallows to them.
Do you have anything else to share about your pet?
Fergie, like most Greyhounds, always acts so appreciative when they are rescued and find a great home.
Henri is 7 years old and is a Greyhound. Henri was adopted in 2001. We were asked to take him by the adoption agency as he was going blind and he needed to be with other Greyhounds. He likes to sing with our Chihuahua and jump and play. He is completely blind now but gets along as well as any of the dogs, using the pet door to go outside. He is very happy and content. This is a photo of him howling for his dinner.
Scotty is retired at 3 1/2 years as a racing greyhound. My daughter adopted him this past July.
He loves to be loved and follow his Mom around. He is a joyous addition to our family and a wonderful family pet.
Sparky, our 12-year old greyhound, is a retired racer. He has gorgeous doe eyes and "helicopter" ears that point in different directions when he's especially happy. Now he loves running loops around our backyard, but is equally happy taking a nap in a sunny spot in our dining room.