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What Are The Characteristics Of The Greyhound?

What Are The Characteristics Of The Greyhound?

Life Span: 10-12 years
Special Skills: Known for ability as racing dog as well as a hunting dog
Suitability with Children: Yes
Suitability with Other Pets: Yes, although will need to be properly socialized as they have a tendency to chase small animals
Living Conditions: Can adapt to any living environment if exercised on a regular basis. They thrive on routine, so will do best in a home with a predictable schedule.
Trainability: Will do best with a calm and confident owner or trainer as they often scare easily and thrive on routine and consistency.
Intelligence: Low to Medium
Exercise Required: Medium to High
Cost of Maintenance: Low
Common Ailments: Since most Greyhounds come from a racing or at least training background, they may be susceptible to limb injuries as well as emotional disorders if they were mistreated or overworked. Also known for having eye problems and skin disorders.
Breed Characteristics: Although this breed used to be nearly non-existent as a house pet, it has grown immensely in popularity as Greyhound rescue groups have begun setting down rules as far as Greyhound racing goes. Unfortunately, young dogs that didn’t make the cut as runners or whose running days were expired were often put to sleep, but in most states this is now against the law. This is fortunate because Greyhounds truly do make excellent family pets, despite their size. The misconception is often that they need excessive amounts of exercise and while they enjoy a good run on a regular basis, they are just as happy lying around on the couch or snuggling on a cold day. They will also make excellent watchdogs as they are particularly aloof with strangers.

Known as one of the oldest and most true to original breed, the Greyhound is also one of the fastest and most graceful of all dogs. With a very lean, runner’s physique, this breed is long and tall, weighing an average of 60-70 pounds and standing up to 30 inches tall. Keep in mind that while the average weight is 60-70 pounds, there are a good number of Greyhounds that will reach upwards of 100 pounds. The entire body seems meant for running, with a long slender tail, a long thin muzzle, ears that are small and fall back from the face, a long, graceful neck and very short hair. This breed is available in a number of different coats including gray, brindle, red, black, a solid white or another color mixed with white