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Country of Origin: Great Britain

Group: Sighthounds

Section: Short-haired Sighthounds

Original Function: coursing hares

Todays Function: racing, lure coursing, open-field coursing

Dimension Male: 71-76 cm

Dimension Female: 68-71 cm

Weight Male: 29-32 kg

Weight Female: 27-29 kg

Litter Size: 6-9 puppies, average 8

Life span: 10-13 years

Other Names: none

Colors: Brown, white, black tan, grey and any combination of those colors in large spots may be evident. the

Living: Surprisingly, these active dogs can be adapted to apartment life, in part, because they are so relax



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.


Known as "the world"s fastest couch potato," the greyhound is quiet, calm and extremely well-mannered indoors. They are good with other dogs, and with other pets if raised with them; outdoors, they tend to chase any small thing that moves. They are reserved with strangers, very sensitive and sometimes timid. Despite their independent nature, they are eager to please.


The greyhound needs daily exercise, but it is a sprinter, not an endurance runner. Its needs can thus be met with a chance to run, or by a longer walk on leash. It loves to run and chase outdoors, and can easily run into danger at great speed unless exercised in a safe area. It is not generally amenable to living outdoors. Greyhounds relish creature comforts and must have soft bedding and warmth. The coat is extremely easy to care for, needing only occasional brushing to remove dead hair.


The smooth, short-haired coat is very easy to groom. Simply comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.


Major concerns: none

Minor concerns: esophageal achalasia, gastric torsion, osteosarcoma

Occasionally seen: none

Suggested tests: none

Note: Racing injuries. especially toe, hock and muscle.