The Greyhound, as people know them today, is regularly used in races. Though they can adapt to apartment living as well and make adorable pets. If you have this pet at home you will agree with us. If you want to bring this majestic breed home then we will help you to know him or her better.
Greyhounds are great family pets and are excellent with children as they have an even temperament. They are lap dogs; at times this compassionate and friendly dog can forget that they are large in size before jumping on you. Their speed has given them the name of Ferrari in the dog kingdom. This majestic breed can attain a top speed of 45 miles per hour.History
This is one of the oldest breeds in the world. You can see their pictures on pictograms in Ancient Egypt. Their origin in shrouded in mystery though some say they originated in the Middle East, while some believe it was Greece. In fact this is one of the few breeds that are mentioned by name in the Holy Bible.
Though the present breed is believed to have originated in England. Greyhounds are sight hounds and have been successful all throughout history in chasing rabbits and hares. It is believed that they were introduced in the United Kingdom somewhere around the 5th or 6th century. The unique thing about the Greyhound is that it has depictions in almost every country of the world. They were seen during the Roman Empire and were used for a sport called Coursing which is a game of chasing rabbits and hares. In addition to this, they were brought to USA through Spain where they were primarily used to chase jack rabbits from the fields of farmers.Unique Aspects
The most unique aspect of a Greyhound is its ability to see. This sight hound has amazing sight that helps to chase away rabbits and hares. All this is because of the position of their eyes. Greyhounds have a long elongated skull with a tapering muzzle. This helps to have a 270 degree field of vision. This is almost twice of what you and I can see. It would not be wrong to say that this hound can see behind its head too.
When talking about unique traits of the dog, one can never overlook the speed. In fact this racing dog will touch around 45 miles per hour within 30 feet. This is the reason they are called the Ferrari of the animal world. If you have a Greyhound then you would have noticed that they cannot sit on the hind legs on the ground.
Here is a quick glance of the famous Greyhounds that have been present in movies and have been famous brand ambassadors for the breed. In addition to this, we bring to you some of the famous celebrities that you will be sharing your pooch with.
The most fun loving character on the longest running television series ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ in the famous Simpsons character is a Greyhound. Along with this they have been portrayed in movies as both racing and loving pets. Some of the famous movies include Goodwill Hunting, The Young Victoria and Charlie Wilsons Dog just to name a few.
Celebrity Greyhound owners
This handsome dog has been present throughout history. It had some proud owners. They have been very much a part of royalty as well. This includes King Henry VII, Queen Elizabeth, Sir Joseph Banks and General George Custer. The present day owners include Simpsons creator Matt Groening, famous author J.K Rowling and Bo Derek. They have been part of the White house also. President Rutherford B. Hayes had a Greyhound named Grim.
Greyhounds have short coat but do not be fooled by the length, they shed. Brush them every day to keep the shedding at a minimum. They love being massaged so they will never complain if you brush them with a soft brush or a hound mitt. The area which needs your undivided attention is oral care for the breed.
They tend to have poor dental hygiene. So, his teeth and gums will need extra attention as compared to other dogs. You have to inculcate a regular brushing habit to ensure fresh breath and prevent any tartar buildup. Greyhounds do not have a distinct doggy odor. They have a permanent pressed coat and do not require a bath till they are dirty.
Greyhounds are generally healthy dogs when compared to other large breeds. These are some common problems that your pet can be prone to.
One of the most common problems in your Greyhound is of bloating. This is caused with the sudden influx of gas and air in the stomach. Though this is not fatal it should be treated early to avoid any complication later. This can also happen because of the twist in the stomach. For this, a surgery is required. This can also happen in cases when the dog is fed once a day. It is recommended that if your dog suffers from bloating then the meals should be broken into two to three meals a day rather than once a day.
The other common problem is of hypothyroidism which occurs when the thyroid gland produces fewer hormones. The most common symptoms of the disease is obesity, lethargy, dropping eyelids and in females irregular heat cycles. This can be easily treated with medicines. In addition to this, most Greyhounds in general are sensitive to anesthesia. This can be specially related to the breed's low body fat percentage.
Greyhounds, contrary to many beliefs, are one of man’s best friends. If you have one at home you would have noticed how this large breed slender dog considers her to be a lapdog. They are intelligent and devoted dogs. Though they can be a little reserved at times but do not take this as a sign of being unfriendly they are just shy to begin with. This is an even temperament dog that was meant to chase their prey so if you have smaller animals in the house ensure regular supervision and socialize early to prevent any unpleasant experiences.
You can easily adopt a retired racing dog and she will be your loyal pet forever. It will not take long for this racing dog to become a couch potato in your home. Greyhounds are very good with children as it is a loving dog but there are times that younger children might not know how to deal with a Greyhound. He has a slender body but it speed and can easily knock down a toddler or infant with his happy wagging tail. They do best with older children. They can survive in every weather. Though large in frame, they can adapt well to apartment living.Environment
Greyhounds, though a large breed, can adapt very easily to apartment living. Though considered to be the fastest in the dog kingdom they can turn into coach potatoes in apartments. If you want a dog that does not create much noise then this can be the perfect pet as well. They are shy to meet strangers and need time to socialize with children.
A Greyhound can easily be housetrained. This is a great family pet but can, at times, be difficult with young kids. They are timid but their size and pace can often be a little too much for the younger kids. The thing that has to be remembered at all times is that this is a very fast dog. You need to train him to listen to commands to come back to you as you can lose your dog if recall is not adhered to. If you have a yard then it is better to have picket fences around it.
Your Greyhound will not respond to very cold weather well. So never leave her outside for long during this weather. They do not have fat layer in the body, which makes them vulnerable to rain and cold as their can develop frost bites easily.Training & Intelligence
Training your Greyhound is fairly easy. They are not very difficult to housetrain also. Even if you are adopting a retired race dog, it will not be difficult to train him or her. They have average intelligence and because of the subtle nature are quick learners. Greyhounds are essentially pack animals. So they will listen mostly to one person in the family whom they see as their master.
The most important thing to train your Greyhound is to train him to respond to recall. This breed is really fast and at times can meet with accidents if not trained well. You can inculcate the recall through a regular and consistent training module. It is also advisable to never take your greyhound without a leash as they might wander off easily.
Greyhound has to be trained to socialize with other animals, especially smaller animals, as they were developed to chase and he or she might either scare them away or just thing that they are prey.
Greyhounds are generally a very healthy breed and there are not many complications attached to its breeding. The only hitch is that this breed does not respond well to anesthesia, a common drug given while performing C section. This has to be kept in mind though that this is not very common. An average male and female Greyhound will attain sexual maturity anywhere between six to nine months of age. Though your pet may be is still a little young to breed.
A dog takes around 18 months to reach his or her full height and structure. It is advisable to breed your dogs after at least two years of age. If you are a first timer at breeding then taking a vet’s help is advisable. You just sit back and enjoy the company of six to eight adorable little puppies, an average litter size of the breed.Puppies
Greyhounds, contrary to their name, come in a variety of colors. This includes fawn, black, red, blue, gray and white. They come in various shades as well right from ranging for brindle to a striped pattern. The Greyhound puppies can be a handful because of their speed. There will be times when your will see your dog running on all fours. When you bring home this little bundle of joy always remember that this is super active dog. Be ready to run around this little pooch all during the day. You cannot leave them alone for long. They love company and can at times easily develop separation anxiety.
Your pet will have very thin skin so remember that it will not fare well in rain and winters and with the absence of body fat it can easily get frost bite. Even minor teeth mark may end up needing stitches so remember that you will take care of your little puppy a little extra than the others.
The first thing that will catch your eye is the fragile structure of your Greyhound. The weight is very less when compared to their height. They have a long and narrow head, which broad between the ears. The nose is dark and pointed. Their eyes allow them to see at an angle of 270 degrees, which is twice the size of the humans. The eyes dark, bright and oval and set in the skull obliquely.
The body is broad, square back with well sprung ribs. The greyhound has strong and long muscular things that aid them to garner speed and their feet are fairly long compact and well knuckled with strong pad. In addition to this they have powerful and arched lions. Greyhounds have small and folded ears that are thrown back. Along with this the tail is long, fine and tapering and is set low with a slight curve.