Breed Spotlight: Greyhound

3 min read Jan 27, 2022

Greyhounds are well-known for their speed and have been used as racing dogs for many years. These sight-hounds are believed to have originated in Egypt where they were used to hunt prey in the desert.

In recent years, Greyhound rescue programs dedicated to rehoming retired racing dogs have created a surge in the breed’s popularity as pets.

What is it about Greyhounds that make them such wonderful pets? Read on to find out!  

Greyhound Personality Traits 

The prospect of adopting a former racing dog may seem daunting, but many people are surprised to learn that Greyhounds are very docile.

While they do have the ability to run at shocking speeds, they are quite content to pass their time lounging around the house. For this reason, they make great apartment dogs.   Greyhounds are affectionate and gentle with their loved ones but may be disinterested in strangers. They have a strong prey drive, so they are likely to chase small pets like cats, but can often cohabitate well with small dogs as long as they are well socialized. 

Because Greyhounds have such a strong prey drive, it’s important to keep them leashed on walks. If they suddenly decide to chase after a small animal there’s no hope of catching them. 

Greyhound Characteristics 

The Greyhound’s proficiency in racing is no surprise given their physical build. They have strong, muscular hindquarters, a broad chest, long, slim legs, and an aerodynamic head. They also have perky ears which lay flat against their head when running.

A Greyhound is a large dog breed. 

One of the most fascinating things about the Greyhound’s appearance is that their coats come in such a wide variety of colors, ranging from brindle to patches to solid colors. They have short, soft fur and no under-coat. They shed moderately and their lack of undercoat means they easily become chilly in cold weather. 

Greyhound Health 

Greyhounds are generally quite healthy. They have an average life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, which is long for such a large dog.  

One condition which is known to affect the Greyhound is Gastric Torsion, also known as Bloat. This occurs when a dog experiences a sudden influx of gas or air in the stomach, causing it to twist.

This affliction can be fatal if not treated quickly. Gastric torsion is common in dogs with a deep chest.  

Greyhounds and Anesthesia

Greyhounds commonly experience an anesthesia allergy.

Usually what this means is that Greyhounds cannot tolerate the same quantity of anesthesia as other breeds of their size. It’s recommended that you seek out a veterinarian with a strong knowledge of Greyhounds in order to avoid any issues with anesthesia. 

Take Care of Your Greyhound

A Greyhound can make the perfect addition to your family. This breed could be the perfect fit for you with their friendly and relaxed temperament.

Remember, even though these pups are typically healthy, you never know when an emergency or illness may strike.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

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