Check out More at BrooklynsCorner.com
Dogs 101 — GREYHOUND
Top Dog Facts About the GREYHOUND
The Greyhound, known for its speed, is a breed of sighthounds. Images of dogs similar in appearance to the modern Greyhound have been known even from Ancient Egypt, about 4,000 years ago. DNA studies indicate that the Ancient Celts brought Greyhound-like dogs from mainland Europe to the British Isles, where these dogs were well known by the 6th century BCE. By the time of the Saxons, about 1,000 years later, greyhounds had become popular among the commoners for hunting and among the upper classes for use in sport. In 1014, new laws restricted the use of greyhounds to the nobility, and even after the expiry of these laws 400 years later, the dog remained a reserve of the rich only as agriculture had become more widespread and the dog’s utility had come down. The modern Greyhound breed is descended from the purebred stock developed for its speed in the 18th century. Around the same period, English immigrants brought the dog to the US, where vast open spaces available for racing made it a popular sporting breed. In recent times, retired racers have also become popular as pets.
Time for some Ruff Trivia:
— What is the maximum speed that Greyhounds are known to reach in a race?
o A: 35 mph
o B: 45 mph
o C: 60 mph
What do you think, give it your best guess in the comments below before we get to the answer! Hang on tight and we’ll get back to this Ruff Trivia Question toward the end of the video.
An adult Greyhound has a height between 27 and 30 inches. The male weighs between 65 and 70 pounds and the female between 60 and 65 pounds. The dog has a strikingly aerodynamic body, with a long, narrow skull, long muzzle, long legs and an arched back. The long, tapering tail helps it in maintaining speed while running. The coat is short and smooth. Colors seen are a wide range of combinations of white, brindle, fawn, black, blue and red.
Grooming: The coat of the Greyhound is extremely easy to care for. A weekly brush can be enough to remove dead hair. Regular trimming of nails, checking of ears for wax buildup and brushing of teeth are necessary.
Environment: The Greyhound is a gentle and loyal breed, perfect to be a family pet. It enjoys being in the company of humans, and is generally friendly with kids, other dogs and pets, and even strangers. Contrary to general belief, it is actually very well suited for a laid-back apartment lifestyle. In fact, a Greyhound is often compared to a cat for its long sleeping hours and love of comforts like a soft cushion or a warm room.
Training: The Greyhound has a sensitive nature, and requires gentle and patient training. A long walk can fulfill its daily exercise needs. It is very important to keep a Greyhound on a leash on walks. A fenced area for the dog to run around, especially when young, is helpful. Many racing Greyhounds are used to sleeping in crates and can be trained to live the same way inside the house once retired.
Health: The life expectancy of a Greyhound is 10 to 13 years. It is a healthy breed with no major inherited diseases. Some ailments seen are bloat and some muscle and bone related issues. The dog’s unique physique can cause some breed specific problems. These include skin sores, if sleeping on hard surfaces; high sensitivity to some chemicals; and inability to bear extreme temperatures because of a thin single coat.
The lean and beautiful Greyhound is a friendly dog, perfect for families in the city or in the suburbs. Though low maintenance, it will be a much happier dog if you can provide it with creature comforts at home and space to run around outside.
Find out if the Greyhound would be a good addition to your home. Now you can visit Brooklyn’s Corner.com to take our quiz and find out which dog would be the best match for you.
Music by Kevin McLeod — Royalty Free