The Greyhound is a breed unmatched in speed. This ancient dog has been used for hunting and racing, but they make wonderful companions. Surprisingly, this breed is often described as a couch potato!
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
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The first knowledge of the Greyhound is found in the Tomb of Amten, dating back between 2900 and 2751 BC.
About this Breed
Greyhounds are the Ferraris of the dog world. This is an old breed, with evidence of them being around during Ancient Egypt. They were bred for hunting and chasing rabbits, foxes, and deer. Today, they are controversially used for racing, but Greyhounds also make wonderful family pets. There has been a huge national movement to adopt out retired Greyhounds. It is their aerodynamic anatomy that lends the Greyhound its extreme speed. While this breed reigns supreme on the track, these dogs are actually quite lazy and only require average exercise. Their coat is very low maintenance and only requires occasional bathing. Greyhounds make lovable companions that are great with children, but it is important to keep them on a leash due to their intact prey-drive.
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The Whippet is a sighthound breed who can be counted on to speedily go after rabbits and other small game. While adept hunters today, Whippets also compete in agility, flyball, lure coursing, rally, and obedience. They are loving dogs, and their unique nature, friendly personality, and stylish looks make them a favorite as a family companion, as well as in the show ring.