Shoulder height: 68 – 76 cm
Weight: 23 – 33 kg
Age: 10 – 12 years
Color: black, white, red (yellow), blue-grey, sandy or brindle, also piebald
Use: sports dog, companion dog
The Greyhound is the sighthound par excellence and the fastest dog of all over a short distance. It is very cuddly, affectionate, and affectionate; needs a lot of living space, and a lot of exercises and should be able to let off steam regularly in dog races.
Origin and history
The origin of the Greyhound is not clear. Some cynologists believe it descended from the ancient Egyptian Greyhound. Other researchers consider it a descendant of Celtic Hounds. Dogs of this type spread throughout Europe, in Great Britain, where Greyhound racing was popular early popular. In 1888 the first breed codes were established, today’s standard dates back to 1956.
At short distances, the Greyhound can reach speeds of around 70 km/h and is therefore considered the fastest dog and – after the cheetah – also the second fastest land animal of all.
The Greyhound is a powerfully built, large dog with a deep chest and muscular legs. Its head is long and narrow, its eyes are oval and slanted, and its ears are small and rose-shaped. The tail is long, set very low, and slightly curved at the tip.
The Greyhound’s coat is smooth, fine, and dense and comes in black, white, red (yellow), blue-grey, fawn, or brindle. The basic color white, piebald with any of these colors is also possible.
The Greyhound is a cuddly, friendly, and affectionate breed dog that is very devoted to its people. It has a balanced personality and gets along well with other dogs. With consistent and sensitive training, it is an obedient and affectionate companion.
At home, the Greyhound is calm and reserved and loves quiet, comfort, and lots of cuddles. The power and energy of the passionate hunter unfold in free running or dog races.
Like all Sighthounds, the Greyhound needs a lot of exercise and exercise. In addition to daily long walks, bike rides, jogging, or horseback riding in terrain that is as wild as possible, the Greyhound should also be able to let off steam regularly in races. It is just as suitable for track racing as it is for coursing.
While the Greyhound is well adapted to city life, given its size alone, it should ideally live in a house with a spacious lot.