Greyhound Breed Profile


A sleek, contoured dog built for speed with a very deep chest and an extraordinarily flexible, curved spine. The head is long with almost no stop and the muzzle tapers. The skull is wide between the ears. The small rose ears are folded back. The eyes are dark and the neck is long and graceful. The front legs are absolutely straight. The hindquarters are very powerful and muscular with an arched loin. The long tail is carried low and has a slight upward curve at the end. The short, smooth coat comes in all dog colors.


All colors are permissible.


Sensitive, sweet and elegant. Brave and loyal, but can be willful. The Greyhound is very intelligent, but its character is often undervalued because of its reserved behavior toward its master and toward strangers. Socialize them at an early age to prevent timidity. As a rule, they are gentle and even-tempered.


The history of the Greyhound spans the globe and goes back thousands of years. Bas-relief on ancient Egyptian tombs built as far back as 4000 BC depict smooth-coated Salukis that looks very similar to the modern Greyhound. The breed also appears in various Celtic, British, Irish, and Scottish pictures and literature dating from the 9th Century. The Greyhound was also developed as a sight hunter in the arid and semi-arid lands of North Africa and the Middle East, and the Arabs selectively bred him for increased speed.

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