Tall and lean, the Greyhound is the fastest breed of dog. As a sight hound, the breed pursues game using its vision and speed. Today, however, the Greyhound primarily serves as a sweet and personable companion. The breed can be any color, including black, fawn and red, often combined with white or brindle markings. The Greyhound has been owned by many prominent figures in
A Look Back
One of the most ancient breeds known to man, evidence of the Greyhound was first discovered in tomb carvings in Egypt dating back to 2900 B.C. Aristocracy and culture has always surrounded the Greyhound, and in early times, only royalty bred them. As hunters in England, they were used on practically all kinds of game from deer, stags and foxes, but the hare is the Greyhound’s natural quarry. In America, Greyhounds arrived with the Spanish explorers in the 1500s and were among the first dogs recorded at American dog shows.
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Although a loving companion, the Greyhound possesses the typical independent spirit of the hound, so patient
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Long and narrow, fairly wide between the ears, scarcely perceptible stop, little or no development of nasal sinuses, good length of muzzle, which should be powerful without coarseness. Teeth very strong and even in front.
Small and fine in texture, thrown back and folded, except when excited, when they are semi-pricked.
Dark, bright, intelligent, indicating spirit.
Long, muscular, without throatiness, slightly arched, and widening gradually into the shoulder.
Placed as obliquely as possible, muscular without being loaded.
Perfectly straight, set well into the shoulders, neither turned in nor out, pasterns strong.
Deep, and as wide as consistent with speed, fairly well-sprung ribs.
Muscular and broad.
Good depth of muscle, well arched, well cut up in the flanks.
Long, very muscular and powerful, wide and well let down, well-bent stifles. Hocks well bent and rather close to ground, wide but straight fore and aft.
Hard and close, rather more hare than catfeet, well knuckled up with good strong claws.
Long, fine and tapering with a slight upward curve.
Short, smooth and firm in texture.
Dogs, 65 to 70 pounds; bitches 60 to 65 pounds.
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