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- Did you know that the greyhound is the only dog mentioned in the bible? Although some versions don’t mention them, the King James version does, and in Greece Rome And Persia this canine was also revered and mentioned in the holy scripture ( Proverbs 30: 29-31 ) it was quite an eye-opener for me as well!
- Pictures of greyhounds were painted on walls of Egyptian tombs.
- The Arabs were so in awe of these dogs that they were the only breed allowed in their tents and even rode with them on top of their camels, What’s more, the birth of a greyhound was almost as important as the birth of their sons.
- The link with nobility started in 1014, and king Canute brought in the forest laws, that stated that only noble men could acquire and hunt with greyhounds.
- The greyhound can reach a speed of forty-three miles per hour before it has reached its sixth stride.
- The first winner of (best in the show) in 1928 was a greyhound.
- At some point of the greyhounds, stride/gallop, all four feet are free of the ground twice.
- This breed, as well as other breeds, are believed to be hypoallergenic which is not true and can be misleading, although they don’t have an undercoat like other some other dogs they still produce allergens in their saliva.
- The fastest of all the dog breeds these dogs can ( in a sprint ) outrun a horse.
- They wear muzzles, not to stop biting but to help race officials determine the outcome of a photo-finish race and to prevent injury in the excitement.
This breed belongs to a group of dogs called sighthounds and this tall, long-legged breed hunt with lightening speed chasing their prey down over long distances, and they have an excellent 270-degree field of vision which enables them to spot their prey from a long way off. Today they are more used in racing than they are in hunting and even then racing is slowly diminishing except for the few most die-hard racing venues in the Uk. Unfortunately in the past greyhounds that were used for racing and who were passed their prime were often euthanased and that also went for dogs that just stopped winning races.
Luckily there are people with big hearts in the Uk who set up rescue centres for this particular breed with the sole intention of restoring them to good health and finding loving homes for them, where they can become part of a family. And I will include a link here of one such group https://www.greyhoundtrust.org.uk/about-us
Groups like these take in ex-racing dogs that have only known kennels throughout their lives and re-train them to live peacefully in our homes. Greyhounds are quiet and calm indoors and move quite gracefully being light underfoot they are not likely to move your furniture like a rottweiler, for instance when moving around your front room. They love the comfort and can typically be found snuggled up on the softest sofa in the warmest part of the house. They are sensitive creatures preferring peace with soft-spoken owners, so a home with brash, harsh, loud spoken owners wouldn’t be a good idea for all concerned.
Because greyhounds are so docile and non-aggressive they need to be trained with a light hand, they are also wary with strangers and tend to lean against their owners rather than confronting them. They can also be good with other pets, but you must always remember that these dogs were initially bred for hunting, and this is a trait deep in their roots which makes them inclined to chase small dogs as well as cats. However, many learn to get along with others but bear this in mind when training.
Children And Greyhounds.
If your family includes small children then it is a must that you teach them how to treat the dog in question, children and dogs usually get along perfectly fine as long as the child knows what is permissible and what isn’t.
- Teach your child never to disturb a sleeping dog.
- Another no-no is the pulling of tails, ears or fur, along with the no poking rule.
- All animals need to be treated with respect, and this includes a quiet and calm place to sleep.
- And most certainly do not interfere with a dog when it is eating.
These dogs are not known to be barkers which is right for your neighbours at least but will require quite a large fenced garden or yard where they can have a blast now and then failing that if you have access to fields or woodland that you are legally able to let your dog off the lead every few days, then this combined with a regular daily walk on the lead will be ideal for burning off excess energy greyhounds are built for sprints, not endurance, so they don’t need half a day jogging.
As well as rescue/rehoming centres some breeders specialise exclusively in this particular breed, and they can be found advertising in reputable pet classified advertising websites such as :
Greyhounds usually are a healthy breed and long-lived if looked after and cared for correctly, hereditary diseases are known to be quite rare. However, they are prone to Bloat, which is a life-threatening condition and is capable of killing them quite quickly. And strangely there seems that a lot of greyhounds die early due to cancer, but this might seem so because over these later years due to social media etc. Does cancer appear to be everywhere now that we are more aware of it?
Their life expectancy averages out between twelve-fifteen years which seems to be in line with most other breeds, Their build/physique make them unsuitable for hard floor sleeping quarters, and caring owners generally provide soft bedding for them.
Due to this breeds short coat which sheds very little, they have virtually no doggy odour even when have become soaking wet and compared to other breeds that require regular grooming every four, six, or eight weeks the greyhound requires minimal grooming except for the occasional bath and nail clipping, brushing is minimal and once a week is enough.
Greyhounds have very little fat. They have half the fat of other dog breeds and very short hair which means they are going to feel the cold much more than a hairy kind of dogs such as a Shih Tzu, which means they are going to be more than happy to be a couch potato indoors in winter when outdoors in the cold weather it is advisable to put a dog coat on them even when in autumn or spring.
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Do I want a greyhound for just myself, or the family or has a cherished pet died? It’s essential to know precisely the reasons and that they are well thought out because you don’t want to be making a quick off the cuff decision that you may regret later on, of all the many breeds of dogs why are you interested in a greyhound? Even though they make excellent pets, they are not everyone’s cup of tea.
Do all family members agree with this breed choice?
Its almost always the case that the lady of the house is the one that ends up being the dog’s primary carer no matter what promises are made by the rest of the family, everyone must make an undertaking to take part in some way to the dogs upkeep rather than it ends up being a burden on the one person that has more than enough to do running a house and looking after everyone in it.
So a physical rota could be the order of the day with names and dates/times rather than word of mouth and good intentions. It’s essential for everyone to want the dog and are willing to do their bit, the animal rescue centres up and down the country are full to the brim with unwanted dogs, and who wants a dog to start life off feeling unwanted by a member of the family, just the thought of it is sad.
Will, a greyhound, fit in with your lifestyle?
Do you have a routine in your household? Many pet types are creatures of habit, and dogs are one of those types, so would you look forward to taking your dog out for a walk at the end of a busy day at work no matter what the weather? And is someone home all day and able to take care of the chores involved. And really, do you have the time and patience to put into the training and supervision?
If you’re the sort of person that doesn’t like anything out of place or can’t tolerate the odd toilet accident or the time a bit of mud is dragged in from the garden then it might be time to re-think your choice of pet type.
Approx weight: Coat:
Male: 65-70 pounds. Length: Short.
Female: 60-65 pounds. Characteristics: Flat.
Height at withers: Colours: All Colours, e.g. black, fawn, brindle etc.
Male: 30 in. Grooming requirements: Low.
Female: 28 in.
Energy level: very laid back.
Exercise needed: 30-40 minutes per day.
If you have acquired your dog from a rescue centre, then you must remember that up until now they have led a very different life than a pet that has started life in a family environment, even the most basic and most straightforward thing to us could seem entirely foreign and confusing to them. But with plenty of patience and lots of love, most things can be overcome.
You may decide to train your new pet using the crate method rather than letting them have free reign of the house to start with, and this will help towards reducing mishaps with toilet training one or more of your carpets. You will need one of the largest dog crates because you want this to become their den and to look on it as a comfortable place where they can chill and have a sense of security.
For the first week or so use an old washable blanket for the inside of the crate, remember they are quite boney animals so will need something soft and clean on the floor, as well as the blanket, put their favourite toys and bone in there, Also at meal times put the food and water bowl in there as well, this is all part of reinforcing that this is his place.
Before you leave him in the crate for extended periods first off get him used to short periods and gradually increase the period, Start by leaving the room that the crate is in for approx 3o minutes then return and let him out, repeat the process but extend the period away, this will let him know that you always return and will lessen the anxiety.
After a few days, you should be well on the way to being able to leave him quite happy in his den during the night, If you decide that there is more often and not always someone at home and you don’t see the need of shutting him in a crate, then still consider keeping a crate as his den so that he has somewhere to call his own away from any hustle and bustle.
I hope you have found this blog interesting and helpful, please remember these blogs are just a guide and not hard and fast rules that must be obeyed, as with almost everything in life the more research that you do the more you know about a particular subject. Below are a couple more links.