0
TOTAL
SHARES

Greyhound

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

Originally: Egypt

Nicknames: None

Size: Large

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.

See more Greyhound photos here

What are they Like?

​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.

See more Greyhound photos here

WOOF WATCH: Buddy the Frenchie has the Craziest Bark

The Sound and the Frenchie.

Jul 23, 2014 | 21043 Views Read More

10 Dogs From the 90s You’ve Probably Forgotten About

See how many you remember.

Jul 23, 2014 | 11589 Views Read More

We Can’t Get Enough of These Photobombing Dogs

These camera hogs jumped into the frame at just the right moment.

Jul 22, 2014 | 24642 Views Read More

WOOF WATCH: This Dog is So Happy, He Wags His Tail While Sleeping

He wins the Internet today.

Jul 22, 2014 | 8480 Views Read More

WOOF WATCH: Dog Steals Toy From Baby, Then Apologizes

That's what big brothers are for.

Jul 21, 2014 | 31425 Views Read More

WOOF WATCH: Dachshund’s Excited Reaction To Catching A Fish

He fished his wish.

Jul 18, 2014 | 60761 Views Read More