Fabled as the fastest dog in the world, the Greyhound owes it ancestry to the Arabian Sloughi. Initially used as a hunting dog, the breed was brought to England by traders before 900 AD. Today, Greyhound is used in coursing and dog racing.
Greyhound has a body that is built for speed. It has deep chest, curved spine, small rose ears, dark eyes and a long tail with an upward curve at the end. The long, muscular back legs and the straight front legs go well with its streamlined body. The long, narrow head features a powerful muzzle with strong, even teeth. The neck gracefully blends into the arched back and the ears, normally folded back, sit on the widest part of the skull. Its short coat comes in various color combinations including black, blue, grey, white, red and brindle.
Brown, white, black tan, grey and any combination of those colors in large spots may be evident. They are said to be either solid colored or piebald. A tan brindle is also very common.
Lack of early age socialization could make the breed aggressive towards children and other pets. However, the breed goes well with other dogs. Also, proper socialization could prevent their tendency of timidity towards the owner and strangers. Basically an affectionate dog, Greyhound is a gentle and graceful breed.
The average life expectancy of the breed is about 10 – 12 years. Greyhounds tend to bloat, thus it is advised to feed it 2 – 3 meals a day, instead of one big meal. The breed is sensitive to certain drugs and is prone to tail fracture, hemophilia and skin problems.
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