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Greyhound

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Dog Breed Group
Hound Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Egypt, racing dog, hunting dog, and family pet. 
Life Expectancy
10 - 12 Years 
Color
Black, white, red, blue, fawn, fallow brindle or any of these colors broken with white. 
Coat
Fine and close. 
Exercise Needs
Needs regular exercise which should include daily walks and the opportunity for free run. 
Temperament
Normally a quiet dog, he likes to curl up on his bed and be lazy most of the day. The Greyhound are lively, friendly, gentle and 
Good with Children
Gentle with children.He does have a natural tendency to chase anything small that moves and may be aggressive to small dogs. 
Grooming Needs
Minimal grooming of his short coat is required. A firm bristle brush or comb or a rub down with a chamois will ensure a coat tha 
Average Size - Male (in)
27 - 30 
Average Size - Female (in)
27 - 30 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
65 - 70 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
60 - 65 
Health Issues
Thin skin which may tear easily, hemophilia, bloat and eye disease. Racing Greyhounds may suffer from a variety of muscle and liv
Living Conditions
A quiet predictable home. An apartment is okay if he is exercised daily. 

Breed Description

The Greyhound is a swift as a ray of light and graceful as a swallow. He is one of the oldest and purest known breeds. The Greyhound has been used on practically all kinds of small game, but the hare is his natural quarry. Tracing his ancestry back to the ancient Egyptians, the greyhound was used to hunt large prey such as wolf, deer and wild board. Raised and owned by the ruling classes there were laws used to prohibit anyone owning a Greyhound unless they were a certain high station. Today he is used as a racing dog and is often destroyed after a short, impersonal career.

Breed Infobits

The Greyhound could catch up with game and pull it down without stopping.
Greyhounds are still used today for racing.
It is possible that the Greyhound descended from the Arab Greyhound, the Sloughi.

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