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Greyhound

Greyhound

The Greyhound originates from...

Unbeknownst to most, the Greyhound is one of the world's oldest and most historically referenced breeds. Dating back over 4000 years, the Greyhound features notably in the hieroglyphics of Egypt's ancient pyramids and in visuals and engravings of the time. Principally bred for laterally racing and coursing across the continent of Europe, historical analyses of DNA suggests that the true origin of the Greyhound derives from Celtic mainland Europe in the 5th and 6th century BCE. Greyhound rescue and adoption began on a large-scale in the 20th century, especially in North America where the breed experienced a resurgence in popularity as a family pet and companion.

The Greyhound is characterised by...

Whilst being one of the world's oldest canine breeds, it is by far the fastest on the planet. Easily recognised by its lean yet muscular build and elongated muzzle, the Greyhound has a disproportionately large heart, a high percentage of fast-twitch muscle and a flexible spine for changing direction at full speed. A Greyhound's fur is extremely short, maintaining a fine condition, and commonly recognised in colour variations of white, fawn, blue (grey), black and brindle. Due to 20th century large-scale rescue, there are currently more retired Greyhounds living in the home than there are still racing.

The average Greyhound...

Contrary to popular belief, the Greyhound is an amiable, relaxed and gentle breed, with a quiet temperament that enjoys regular human contact. The Greyhound is neither aggressive nor highly strung, but docile and dependable towards its owners. Compatible with children and other house pets when introduced to them gradually, the breed is low maintenance and makes a great addition to any home setting. Whilst there are discrepancies across gender, the average Greyhound will weigh between 24-30 kg, with a life expectancy of approximately 12 years when shown appropriate care.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

Typically the Greyhound is a healthy, long-lived breed, however its unique physique makes it susceptible to certain health complaints. Greyhounds do not have undercoats and are subsequently more vulnerable to skin sores and irritation; they are particularly unsuited to the use of insecticides, particularly those that are pyrethrin-based. The Greyhound's lack of undercoat and general body fat makes the breed susceptible to extreme temperatures, so it is essential they are always housed indoors.

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Our Greyhound owners' thoughts

10th Oct 2013
Carmen Williams
  • VioVet Customer Since: February 2010
  • From: West Lothian, United Kingdom

I have a black greyhound. She is now 131/2 years. No health problems apart from a leaky bladder for which she has meds and now not a problem. Loves her "people"'her dog friends (large and small) and her cuddles. Best of all she loves her bed! We still go for 2hr walks however she has slowed down now and goes for the sniffs and not the adventure any more. Loving dog loving life.

6th Nov 2014
Fiona Maughan
  • VioVet Customer Since: June 2012
  • From: Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

I got Honey 6 months ago when my Border collie died , she is an ex Racer aged about 4 and the best thing i ever did.
She is loving,docile,loves children and other dogs, sleeps most of the time. 2 relaxing walks a day and twice a week to the Park for a run,after which she sleeps for 6 hours.She can be a bit greedy ,so have to make sure of not too many treats.
Love her to bits and she loves me

16th Nov 2014
Marina Connelly
  • VioVet Customer Since: January 2014
  • From: East Ayrshire, United Kingdom

Our Boogie is an ex raced, stunningly beautiful and so easy to love and look after. Adopting a greyhound was the best thing we did - did not know much about the breed before we had him, but would have another one grey if I could.

11th Dec 2014
Alexandra Hall
  • VioVet Customer Since: December 2014
  • From: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

I have 3 ex racers at the moment and they are a fantastic breed to own.

30th Oct 2015
Trudi Broughton
  • VioVet Customer Since: November 2011
  • From: Hants, United Kingdom

Rollie is my 6th ex-racer I have had at home and they make wonderful pets. Just give them time to adapt and see the world and you will have the most faithful, loving friend for life!!

3rd Jan 2016
Nick Thurston
  • VioVet Customer Since: January 2013
  • From: Kent, United Kingdom

Currently we only have one greyhound, Cushtie, as we recently lost her mate Alfie. We always take ex racers, Cushtie is our 4th, and we try to keep them in pairs.
Incredibly loving, gentle, loyal they have all been 40mph couch potatoes. Some ex racers have a pretty tough start to life and spend 2 to 3, maybe 4 years in kennels, so a home can be a little confusing at first, but they soon settle and pick which sofa is theirs..... ;-)
The breed have a really endearing habit of bowing to you, and nothing melts my heart more 1st thing in the morning that Cushtie stretching out her front paws to give me her morning "bow" as a greeting.

9th Aug 2016
Mrs Barbara Hunt
  • VioVet Customer Since: March 2013
  • From: Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

I have adopted 7 greyhounds in total and one foster. I had Dobermanns in the past but as i got older and when my last Dobie passed over,i thought about rescuing a dog and i read up about the greyhound and it suited our lifestyle so we contacted Jodie at Castledon Greyhound rescue and she did a home check which we passed and invited us to visit the hounds at the kennels and we chose Max who was 7 years old and had only ever known kennels all his life and he kept getting left because of his age and his colour ,he was black ,but he spent 6 happy years with us and was our introduction to the breed, we then got Misty ,a blue brindle as a companion for Max and they got on very well, The greyhound makes an excellent pet ,only need 2 thirty minute walks per day,then they like to chill out. they very rarely bark,are good with children i'd say from 8 onwards as they can be very boisterous and excitable around children. I am completely besotted with greyhounds and wish i had a mansion so that I could rescue more ,as so many are looking for homes.

21st Aug 2016
Fiona Tomlin
  • VioVet Customer Since: January 2015
  • From: Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Sunny is our second rescue greyhound and whilst I love all dogs our first greyhound, JJ, captured my heart and has me well and truly obsessed. Such a loving breed, they are your best friend and love you as much as you love them. They are perfect house companions spending most of their lives lazing about, mainly on their back,! They also don't need much exercise but are more than capable of a good days romp over the hills if their endurance fitness is built up. They are perfect in every way , I just wish I lived in a huge house and then I'd love to have a small pack!

30th Dec 2016
Sally Lavis
  • VioVet Customer Since: December 2016
  • From: Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Wonderful pets. Had Lurcher 1st who had lot of greyhound in him but also lovely naughty Saluki streak! Next a 12 yr old female grey who had suffered terribly. She was permanent foster, absolutely wonderful but after only 10 months bone cancer took her. This time have Isaac, 4 yr old from Ireland who had never been out of kennels, rescued by Paws Rescue in Ireland from a pound just before euthanasia and brought to me via Norfolk Greyhound Rescue who have been amazing.
Clean in home immediately, after 3 weeks, knows and responds to 3 commands, has 2 forty minutes walks and 15 min one b4 bed. I like to get some air then. Wouldn't change him for world!!!

2nd Apr 2017
Mrs Liz Peters
  • VioVet Customer Since: October 2010
  • From: Lancashire, United Kingdom

I have a Spanish Greyhound - the breed name is Galgo - who I rescued.
She had been dumped at a shelter in Spain and moved from there to a shelter in Portugal. I Googled black greyhound and that is how I found the breed.
They are sleeker than the racing greyhounds in the UK - built more like a saluki. Their tails are very long and Jenny carries her tail up, waving round like a flag!
She wasn't 2 years old when I got her - all skin and bone off the transport. She slept for days afterwards and then her character started to show!
Jenny is a Diva! She cries if she is bored, or tired and when I wash her feet in a bowl full of nice warm water after a walk! Galgo's are long distance dogs, so I can be out for hours and she just keeps on going like a Duracell bunny! She is like my 2 whippets Bill and Jim who sleep a lot inbetween walks. She doesn't like the rain! But will go for a walk in it as long as she has her coat and snood on!
I adore her! I will definitely have another Galgo in the future. I could talk for hours about her funny ways - she makes me laugh every day. Adopt a Galgo - there are more than 50,000 dumped by hunters every year - and I found the lady at the rescue in Portugal got everything ready for me, including bathing Jenny before she set off on her journey to the UK. Jenny is so loving towards everyone and children too. I wouldn't trust her with small furries - she is very keen when we see cats but has learnt not to bark at them now. Galgos come in a range of colours - I wanted a black one after owning a black whippet as his hairs don't show on the floor, furniture and clothes like Bill the brindle'hairs do!
My life has changed for the better since Jenny has arrived :)

6th Jun 2017
Jacqueline Ellis
  • VioVet Customer Since: June 2014
  • From: United Kingdom

Poppy is my third Greyhound. She is loved by absolutely everyone she meets. She has no interest in chasing rabbits or cats. She just loves all other dogs even my friends little puppy climbing all over her and nibbling her doesn't phase her out. I would definitely recommend a Greyhound as a loving loyal pet.

5th Jul 2017
Elena Acerini
  • VioVet Customer Since: January 2013
  • From: Inverclyde, United Kingdom

I adopted my first greyhound Becky six months ago, after my previous dog Holly passed away .
Best thing I ever did, she is so gentle, good natured, great with people, children and other dogs. She is a real foodie, loves to sleep, enjoys gentle walks. She is an ex racer, and contrary to what most people think greyhounds do not require a lot of exercise. She's a real couch potato..
Greyhounds should come with a warning they're addictive! I may yet get another!

20th Aug 2017
Vanessa Clarke
  • VioVet Customer Since: April 2017
  • From: West Midlands, United Kingdom

Ruby is my second greyhound after my first gorgeous fawn girl, Milly, sadly passed away after 10 happy years together. They are such loving and gentle hounds who are so easy to look after once they have settled in and feel safe. Ruby is 4 years old, she ran 46 races from a very young age (far too young- she started racing in Ireland aged only 12/18 months old) so you might imagine she's still adjusting to her new lifestyle. She has mastered the sleeping on her bed and on the sofa very quickly. She loves sleeping with her head on your lap. She's very nervous of traffic and any sudden noises on walks, it helps to have a canine companion for reassurance. I love her to bits and would have many more if I could. I highly recommend this wonderful breed as your next faithful and loving companion.

17th Oct 2017
Lesley Peachey
  • VioVet Customer Since: October 2017
  • From: United Kingdom

I have two retired greyhounds. They are my absolute world. Bee is 7 and my baby girl who is fiesty, adorable, funny and a proper diva. Bobby is my permanent foster who has Auto Immune Disease, he is in complete remission now and hopefully will stay that way for good. He us my cuddle bunny, so affectionate and a definite mummy's boy. These two are totally devoted to each other. I would never now gave one one their own. They learn from each other and grow together, love my babies so so much.

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