AKC PuppyFinder: Greyhound Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Independent, gentle, noble, and oh so sweet, but intense when on the run
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Greyhounds need regular time to sprint, but otherwise they’re mellow housedogs
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: Yes
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Independent
- Height: 28-30 inches (male), 27-28 inches (female)
- Weight: 65-70 pounds (male), 60-65 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 10-13 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Your Greyhound puppy is from a long line of royalty, dating back about 5000 years, In fact, in olden times, only the aristocracy had Greyhounds. This lean and elegant sighthound is renowned for his speed and form. There is nothing quite like the sight of a Greyhound sprinting at full speed. Today, Greyhounds are sweet and affectionate family companions. They still have the independent spirit of their ancestors, so gentle and patient training is important. GIve him plenty of fenced space to run; he's got a strong prey drive and will take off after small animals if left to his own devices. With his natural need to run, he'll enjoy activities like lure coursing, too.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1885
Breed History & Job Description: 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.
Greyhounds are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Greyhounds are healthy dogs. The breed has few major health problems. Gastric torsion and bloat are life-threatening and require immediate action and treatment. Because they are athletes, Greyhounds can be subject to sports injuries such as pulled muscles, broken toes or split pads, and their fine, taut skin can be prone to tears and lacerations. The long, whip-like tails can split or break from impact.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Greyhound Polyneuropathy NDRG1 DNA Test
- Cardiac Exam
- Breed Club
- Breed Club Rescue: Greyhound Club of America
- Breed Club Rescue Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cyndi Swanson
- Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.greyhoundclubofamericainc.org/rescue-gcoa/
Click here to see all Greyhound Rescue Groups.