Family: sighthound, Southern (sighthound)
Area of origin: Great Britain
Original function: coursing hares
Average size of male: Ht: 27-30, Wt: 65-70
Average size of female: Ht: 27-30, Wt: 60-65
Other names: none
Greyhound Dog Temperament
Known as "the world's fastest couch potato," the Greyhound is quiet, calm and extremely well-mannered indoors. They are good with other dogs, and with other pets if raised with them; outdoors, they tend to chase any small thing that moves. They are very sensitive and sometimes timid. Despite their independent nature, they are eager to please.
Greyhound Dog Care
The Greyhound needs daily exercise, but he is a sprinter, not an endurance runner. His needs can thus be met with a chance to run, or by a longer walk on leash. He loves to run and chase outdoors, and can easily run into danger at great speed unless exercised in a safe area. He is not amenable to living outdoors. Greyhounds relish creature comforts and must have soft bedding and warmth. The coat is extremely easy to care for, needing only occasional brushing to remove dead hair.
Greyhound Dog Health
Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: esophageal achalasia, gastric torsion, osteosarcoma
Occasionally seen: none
Suggested tests: none
Life span: 10-13 years
Note: Racing injuries especially toe, hock and muscle injuries are
common in retired NGA dogs. Both NGA and AKC Greyhounds are sensitive
to anesthesia and are prone to lacerations and tail-tip injuries.