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Greyhound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Greyhound so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginUnited Kingdom
Group Hunting Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Greyhound have? The dog breed also known as...
English Greyhound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Greyhound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Greyhound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Short-haired Sighthounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Greyhound breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Greyhound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Greyhound price:
$500-$800
If you choose to purchase the Greyhound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Greyhound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Greyhound gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Greyhound size:
Giant
Weight
How much does the Greyhound weigh? Greyhound weight:
Male: 65-80 pounds (29-36 kg), Female: 60-70 pounds (27-31 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Greyhound? Greyhound average weight:
Male: 72.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29 kg)
Height
How tall is the Greyhound? Greyhound height:
Male: 28-30 inches (71-76 cm), Female: 27-28 inches (68-71 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Greyhound average height:
Male: 29 inches (73.5 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (69.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Greyhound have? What does this canine coat look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Greyhound's coat?
GrayWhiteBlue RedBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Greyhound and how often?
Effortless: The Greyhound requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Greyhound is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Greyhound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the English Greyhound? Greyhound shedding level:
Greyhounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Greyhound have? What characteristics does the breed have?
IntelligentAffectionateOutrightTemperedGentleAthleticQuiet
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Greyhound? Are they intelligent?
Average: Greyhound's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Greyhound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Greyhounds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Greyhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Greyhound sensitivity:
Greyhounds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Greyhounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the English Greyhound need? Greyhound social needs:
Greyhounds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Greyhound dogs bark a lot? Why does my English Greyhound bark?
Low: The Greyhound barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Greyhound good as a watchdog?
Greyhounds are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Greyhound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Greyhounds can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out from the duty of protection your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Greyhound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the English Greyhound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Greyhound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Greyhound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Greyhound do?
Greyhounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Greyhounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Greyhound to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Greyhound roam?
Greyhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Greyhound have high prey drive?
Greyhounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Greyhound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Greyhound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Greyhounds are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Greyhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Greyhound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Greyhounds are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Greyhound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Greyhound and children:
Greyhounds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Greyhound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Greyhounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Greyhound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Greyhound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Greyhounds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Greyhound can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Greyhounds good office dogs? Do Greyhounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Greyhounds be ofiice dogs?
No
Greyhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Greyhound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the English Greyhound temperament with senior people? Are Greyhound dogs good for elderly owners?
Greyhounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Greyhound dogs get along with other pets? Are Greyhound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Greyhounds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Greyhound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Greyhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Greyhound be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Greyhound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Greyhound be a therapy dog?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Greyhound breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Greyhound be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Greyhound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Greyhound be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Greyhound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Greyhound be a boat dog?
Not really
Greyhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Greyhound be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Greyhound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Greyhound dogs have health problems?
The Greyhound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Greyhound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Greyhound breed? Health risks of Greyhound:
AllergiesAlopeciaBloatCancerCataractsCold IntoleranceHeart MurmursHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismMusculoskeletal InjuriesOsteoarthritisOsteosarcomaPannusProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Sensitivity To AnesthesiaVitreous Degeneration
Life Expectancy
How long do Greyhound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Greyhound be?
10-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Greyhound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Greyhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Greyhound have?
Greyhounds have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Greyhound dogs require per day?
Greyhounds exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Greyhounds like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Greyhound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Males: 2.5 to 4 cups; Females: 1.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Greyhound risk for obesity:
Average. The Greyhound has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Greyhound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Greyhound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Greyhound drool?
The Greyhound is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Greyhound could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Greyhound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Greyhound puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Greyhound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Greyhound have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Greyhound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-12 puppies

Pros & Cons of Greyhound

Pros
  • Trainability: Greyhounds are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Greyhounds are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Greyhound requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Greyhound is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Greyhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Greyhounds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Greyhounds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Greyhounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Greyhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Greyhounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Greyhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Greyhounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Greyhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Greyhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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