English greyhound, the facts every owner of this dog breed should know
More likely thought of as being on a racetrack or the side of a bus, English Greyhounds, are probably one of the most ancient dogs. They are thought to date back as far as Egyptian times, but this cannot be proven. It is known that English Greyhounds were brought to England by traders before 900 BC. Originally used as a hunting dog, thanks to its strong hunting instinct and speed, English Greyhounds were eventually used in racing events.
Most English Greyhounds will live about 10 to 12 years and reach and average height of 28 to 30 inches. They will on average weigh about 65 to 70 pounds, creating the long and slender physique. They have short smooth coats in different colors that do shed but only an ‘average’ amount. Though English Greyhounds are very fast dogs, they are surprisingly low energy and do not require a lot of space or exercise. English Greyhounds can stay indoors for long periods of time, but should be exercised at least once a day, and because of this, can live in an apartment.
An English Greyhound has an extremely strong hunting instinct (the instinct that allows for the ‘rabbit chase’ at the track) and will hunt almost anything. Therefore, when outside, an English Greyhound should be kept on a leash at all times or in an enclosed, fenced in area. This hunting instinct can also extend to other pets in the household, though it is rare to have problems. This hunting instinct does not translate into a protective instinct and English Greyhounds do not make good watchdogs. Sometimes described as aloof, the English Greyhound can be quite timid, unless socialized early. Retired racing dogs tend to be more socialized than puppies.
Though good with children and loyal to the family, English Greyhounds do not like to rough house and younger children may frighten it with sudden noises or movements. In general, English Greyhounds do not do well in environments where there is a lot of activity or loud noises. Due to the vigilant breeding standards for this dog, they do not suffer from many genetic health problems. Some can develop bloat, so it is important to feed English Greyhounds several times a day to avoid this. Older dogs may be prone to kidney failure. The unique physiology and anatomy of an English Greyhound makes it important to find a veterinarian familiar with this breed’s special needs.
There is a website that has great information on English Greyhounds and most other breeds of dogs. It has details that pertain to a dog breeds health, grooming, living conditions, best food choices and more, the website is called: Dog And Cat Facts, and can be found at this url:
By Robert W. Benjamin
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