Greyhound FCI Standard
One theory claims that the Greyhound is a descendant from Saluki (Persian greyhound) or Sloughi. Another theory based on DNA analyses published in 2004 suggests that the breed is more likely related to the herding breeds.
The Greyhound appeared in England not later than in the IX century. It was used for hunting almost all kinds of game: deer, foxes, wild boar, hare and rabbit. The popularity of the breed continued to grow and Greyhounds began to participate in coursing and racing.
First breed members arrived to USA in the XVI century. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the Greyhound in 1885. Today this breed makes a great family companion, but is also used in hunting, sighting, racing, agility, lure coursing.
This breed forms very strong bonds with its family and most breed members will be good and patient with children. For very young children this breed is not the best choice it doesn’t like rough play and teasing. At home, the Greyhound is very calm, even lazy and is a natural couch potatoe. Never leave your dog alone for a long time as this pack-oriented breed tends to suffer from separation anxiety.
The Greyhound will be friendly with other dogs, but it can view smaller breeds as prey, especially if the dog starts to run away. Most breed members have a very strong prey drive and will chase or even kill small animals, but will get along with larger animals. Very few Greyhounds can be socialized to accept cats or other small animals.
• anaesthesia sensitivity;
• gastric torsion;
• canine hip dysplasia;
• heart problems;
Bathing needs to be done every few months in warm water using mild dog shampoo. Trim the nails very carefully every few weeks and brush the teeth and clean the ears on a regular basis.
Training must be consistent with a lot of treats, praise and other rewards. You have to be calm and patient, but firm. Your dog must understand that you are the leader and that you control the situation.
The Greyhound needs to be socialized as early as possible otherwise your dog may become timid and fearful.
The Greyhound doesn’t need a lot of place and is suited well for an apartment. This breed is loves to play, but has a tendency to sleep most part of the day.