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If you are after a dog that is loyal and docile, and you’re willing to spend a little extra time with your pet, a Greyhound could be the perfect family member. Here’s everything you need to know about these often misunderstood dogs.
Characteristics of the Greyhound
The greyhound is known for being the fastest breed of dog on Earth. They are a medium to large breed of dog, standing up to 76 centimetres tall and weighing up to 32 kilograms. You can see that the Greyhound is built for speed as they have very narrow, streamlined bodies and long legs. They also have a long neck and long face. Greyhounds have a very short, fine and close lying coat and the coat comes in a range of colours include black, blue, fawn, brindle, red, white, or a combination of these.
The Greyhound Temperament
Contrary to popular belief, the Greyhound is actually not a highly strung or aggressive dog. In fact, they are actually quite docile, loyal and affectionate pets. Greyhounds love people and they will often follow their owners around, watching them do their thing. They get along well with other animals but you should be aware that their natural instincts can see them trying to round up or chase smaller animals. Greyhounds need regular exercise and they should be well trained and socialised. However, while exercise is necessary for these dogs, they are less active than you might expect and can even be a couch potato!
Caring for the Greyhound
As the Greyhound has such a fine and close lying coat, they don’t need a lot in the way of grooming. All you need to do is to brush them every couple of days and to give them a bath as necessary. You should check the ears and the teeth regularly to make sure that no problems arise (as racing dogs are often given a soft diet). A Greyhound will live for around 16 years but they can live longer with a good diet and plenty of tender loving care.
Who is the Greyhound Best Suited To?
Greyhounds are suited to most types of owners as they are very affectionate and are rarely aggressive. However, most greyhounds that are available are ex racing dogs and so they do best with owners that are willing to take the time to help them transition to a pet life. This is usually not an issue and most greyhounds will become happily used to being a pet within a few weeks.
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