Description

Illustration of Greyhound

Long legged hounds of greyhound type were depicted on the walls of Ancient Egyptian tombs and it is thought that these were the prototype of the sighthounds. These dogs with athletic streamlined bodies and acute sight were soon popular throughout Europe for their hunting prowess. The Greyhound was developed in Britain and in the Middle Ages a law was passed stating the only royalty and nobility could hunt with greyhounds, such was their prestige. The Greyhound seen in the show ring is larger and heavier than the racing track greyhound. The sport of racing greyhounds was first held on an oval racetrack in 1926.

Breed Group
Hound
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Large
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
Short
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Either
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Small/Medium
Lifespan
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Hound Breed Group

Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.


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