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Origin / History The Greyhound is known as the fastest dog on earth, but this breed is also one of the oldest and most powerful.

The Greyhound can trace its roots all the way back to Ancient Egypt, and during this time, this breed was very highly regarded and valued by the people. This breed's speed and keen eyesight is notorious, and these skills were evident during hunts. The most common targets of the Greyhound are wild boars and deer.

It is believed that the Greyhound descended from the breed Arabian Sloughi, and the Greyhound is also similar to the Saluki - both relative dogs are found in ancient Egypt. However, there is proof that although the Greyhound possesses the same characteristics as these dogs, the Greyhound is actually more of a close relative of the herding dogs during that time.

It is interesting to note that while the Greyhound possesses such a name, it is not necessarily always in the color of grey. English traders brought this dog to their land in 900 AD, and this was when the name Greyhound was coined. The dog was once called “grighund” and this is perhaps where the name Greyhound originated. Hund can be translated to hound, but grig does not equate to grey. The term grig, instead, could even be related to the Old High German word “gris” which means “old.”

Appearance When asked for the description of the Greyhound, the first word that comes to mind is sleek. This is undoubtedly true as the Greyhound stands tall at 28 to 30 inches and weighs at around 70 to 100 pounds. The head of the Greyhound is long, and its muzzle is tapered. The neck is long and the chest is deep. Its legs were made for running, and they are just as long and slender, but very muscular. A very sleek and graceful animal, the Greyhound is also known for its powerful and commanding appearance.

Colours The Greyhound comes in many colors and color combinations. The solid colors of a Greyhound may be black, blue, red, brindle, white, fawn, and liver. These colors may be combined, making Greyhounds very diverse in their appearance.

Temperament In ancient times, the Greyhound was known as the fastest hunting dog, but its speed made this dog an even more versatile one. The Greyhound then became popular as a race dog, as it can go on quick sprints. But despite its talent in the field of racing, an owner must keep in mind that this dog doesn't exactly possess a high amount of energy. Its athleticism is limited to fast bursts of energy, and there is more to this dog than meets the eye. The Greyhound can make a loyal and excellent house pet, and it's actually very friendly despite its appearance. One must remember to keep this dog on a leash – the Greyhound's instincts are very strong, and it can run off after potential prey if not kept close by.

Height and Weight 68.5 - 76 cm in height and 27 - 32 Kg in weight. Males are larger than females and at the top end of the size ranges.

Common Health Problems The Greyhound is susceptible to bloating, and it is also sensitive to insecticides and other drugs. A Greyhound may also be prone to osteosarcoma and esophageal achalasia.

Living Conditions The apartment life can suit the Greyhound, but it is also recommended that this dog could have a yard where it can be free to run around. Greyhounds are not as active indoors, but this dog can be very sensitive to cold climates.

Exercise Requirements Long and brisk daily walks are all that a Greyhound requires for exercise.

Training Requirements The Greyhound exhibits very sharp instincts which can help out its owner. The Greyhound can be trained easily because it is actually a very intelligent animal. It can be housebroken with ease, and it can even deal with young children. Greyhounds make ideal pets or companions.

Life Expectancy The Greyhound can live as long as 10 to 12 years

Grooming Since the Greyhound has a very smooth and short coat, grooming is not a very difficult task. All this dog requires is simple combing and brushing. Shampoo a Greyhound only when needed.

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