Greyhound

Greyhound

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 American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 25-30in

Female: 25-30in

Weight

Male: 65-85lb

Female: 50-65lb

Fun Fact

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.

Greyhounds on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Greyhound ancestry.

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    Gina

    Purebred

    Dracarys

    Dracarys

    Purebred

    Blaze

    Blaze

    Purebred

    Harlow

    Harlow

    Purebred

  • Coe

    Coe

    Purebred

    Erika The Red

    Erika The Red

    Purebred

    Wing It!

    Wing It!

    Purebred

    Wander

    Wander

    Purebred

  • Juliet

    Juliet

    Purebred

    Honey

    Honey

    Purebred

    Prince

    Prince

    Purebred

    Ellie

    Ellie

    Purebred

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Jake
  2. Frank
  3. Simba
  4. Archie
  5. Artemis
  6. Auggie
  7. Alfie
  8. Beau
  9. Barak
  10. Axton

For Females

  1. Nellie
  2. Kiwi
  3. Maddie
  4. Bella
  5. Winnie
  6. Ruby
  7. Honey
  8. Betty
  9. Belle
  10. Alice

Common Locations

  1. Texas, United States
  2. England, United Kingdom
  3. Minnesota, United States
  4. Florida, United States
  5. California, United States
  6. Kansas, United States
  7. Victoria, Australia
  8. Washington, United States
  9. Oklahoma, United States
  10. Ontario, Canada

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