Personality:Independent, gentle, noble, and oh so sweet, but intense when on the run
Coat & Grooming:The short, smooth coat is an easy keeper; occasional brushing and you’re good to go
Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Greyhounds need regular time to sprint, but otherwise they’re mellow housedogs
Meet the Greyhound
Greyhounds are the essence of the dog breeder’s credo “Form follows function.” From the narrow, aerodynamic skull to the shock-absorbing pads of the feet, Greyhounds are perfectly constructed for high-speed pursuit. The lean beauty of the Greyhound “inverted S” shape, created by the deep chest curving gently into a tightly tucked waist, has been an object of fascination for artists, poets, and kings for as long as human beings have called themselves civilized. Greyhounds are the template from which other coursing hounds have been struck.
What's Their Story?
Prehistoric art depicts doglike creatures and men chasing game, but the Greyhound story begins properly in Egypt some 5,000 years ago. The hounds of the pharaohs were designed to detect, chase, capture, and dispatch the fleet-footed wildlife of Egypt’s deserts. To the pharaoh’s subjects, the godlike beauty of these haughty hounds was an extension of their ruler’s divine majesty. And ever after, from the Macedonia of Alexander the Great to the Moscow of the Tsars, nobles looked a bit nobler with an elegant hound by their side.
In these democratic times just plain folks enjoy long-held royal prerogatives, and the Greyhound has made the leap—gracefully, of course—from his majesty’s hunter and fashion statement to family pet. The docile yet independent, catlike nature of Greyhounds is immensely charming. Training them is a challenge best approached with a sense of humor. Greyhound prey drive is awesome, and some fenced-in running room is a must. Walking a Greyhound off-leash is a serious no-no. Organized coursing events is a great way to channel their need for speed.