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Affectionate, athletic and gentle

About the Greyhound Dog Breed

Greyhounds are some of the most laid-back, easygoing dogs you’re likely to encounter. However, when it comes time to run, a switch flips and they turn into ultra-focused racing machines.

At home, a Greyhound puppy is more of a couch potato than a laser-guided missile. Because they are sighthounds, they are calm and gentle when not much is happening around them.

They are natural athletes so they can be found competing in various dog sports. As house pets, they tend to be sweet and mild companions. This dual nature is behind the enduring popularity of the Greyhound.

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Greyhound Dog Breed Characteristics

68 to 76 cm at the shoulder

60 to 70 pounds

Life Expectancy
12 to 15 years

Coat Colours
Black, white, blue, brown, red, fawn

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Greyhound, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your Greyhound may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

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Greyhounds are just as committed to their owners as other dog breeds, and are also known to be sensitive at times.

Greyhound Dog Breed History

The Greyhound is the oldest purebred dog in existence today, with a history going back over 8000 years. Greyhounds are everywhere in the history of ancient Egypt, and they were so valuable that they were often mummified with their owners.

European aristocrats in the middle ages would continue this reverence for the Greyhound, viewing the ownership of one as a sign of wealth, status and influence.

While the popularity of royal families may have died down, the popularity of the Greyhound continued to rise in the 19th century in England and Wales. The dogs were used to rid fields of badgers and other small game.

Greyhound dog racing also contributed to the appeal of the breed, though it has become less popular now due to concerns about the ethical treatment of the dogs.

Caring For a Greyhound Puppy

How to Choose a Responsible Greyhound Dog Breeder

To give your Greyhound puppy the best start in life, buy from a responsible, ethical dog breeder. Greyhound breeders should have in-depth knowledge of the breed, and should know the ancestry and genetics of all their animals.

If you are looking for a Greyhound for sale, prioritise breeders that will allow you to visit and meet the puppy’s parents. The health and personality of dam and stud will have a great influence on how your puppy will turn out as an adult.

Greyhound FAQ

No, Greyhounds do not do well when left alone. They are sensitive animals that require lots of human companionship and interaction, and can become sad and moody if they aren’t part of family activities. 

No, Greyhounds are almost hopeless as guard dogs. They’re far too quiet to alert their owner about approaching threats, and too timid to attack any intruders.

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The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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