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Greyhound Facts 
General Stats & Facts About Greyhounds 


One Greyhound fact that most people already know is that this dog is the fastest of all dog breeds. They can run as fast as 45 mph.

Life span is 12 years on average with a range 10 to 14 years being expected and normal.  Dogs that are used only for racing will have a much shorter life expectancy of 7 years.  However, it should be noted that many of these retired racing dogs are in great need of adoption by a loving family who will understand the life that they have lived and care for them appropriately during their later years.

Average litter size is 6 with 4 to 8 being within the normal expected range.

Weight for males will range between 60 to 88 pounds (27 -40 kg).

Weight for females will range between 60 to 75 pounds (27 -34 kg).

Mature height for males is between 28 to 30 inches (71-76 cm) from floor to shoulder.

Mature height for females is between 27 to 28 inches (68-71 cm) from floor to shoulder.

They are in the AKC Hound group, recognized in 1885.

facts about GreyhoundsGreyhound History Facts

Carvings dating back to 2900 BC of this breed were found in Egypt.

Spanish explorers brought this breed to American in the early 1500’s.

Color and Appearance Facts

Ears should be small and folded back….When the dog becomes overly happy or excited they will stand up slightly.

Eyes should be very dark and shiny.

  One of the interesting facts about Greyhounds is all of the various colors that this dog can be found in. This includes:
  1. Blue brindle - a blue/grey/ faded black that has darker striping on top of the base coat.
  2. Fawn brindle - a pale yellow base coat with darker brown to black striping.
  3. Red brindle - a dark brown with a reddish tint that has darker striping running across it.
  4. Dark brindle - a dark grey to dark brown base with darker, deeper striping all over the body.
  5. Blue - A solid coat that is a grayish color with a blue tint noticeable in bright sunlight.
  6. Other self-explanatory colors are black, black and white, dark red, fawn and red and white.
Behavior and Temperament

They are known for displaying something that is called Sleep Aggression…a normally very friendly dog can snip, snarl or bite if disturbed from sleep. For this reason, adults should be careful and children must be taught about this.

It is a fact about Greyhounds that they get along very well with people of all ages and make wonderful family pets.

Many do not like to have their ears pulled or tugged on and this should be fully explained to any youngsters living in the home or visiting.

While they love to be active and to be close to humans most of the time, many do need a small amount of time each day to retreat and relax.  It is best to designate a corner in a quiet room where the dog is free to come and go….A comfortable doggie bed, perhaps with a soft baby blanket is best.

Although they have a natural instinct to chase after all small animals, hares in particular, a Greyhound can get along with a cat in some cases….One must be careful during introductions and not expect a bond, but rather be happily surprised if the 2 get along.

They are pack dogs and do quite well with the company of other dogs, getting along with other Greyhound the best.

They are very quite animals and will rarely bark.

It is not uncommon for an adult Greyhound to sleep up to 18 hours per day.


It is a Greyhound fact that many find it much more comfortable to eat from a raised dog food bowl.   In addition to comfort, this can also prevent the issue of bloat, a serious medical issue.

Even though they are a medium sized dog, most do best with kibble that is sized for a large breed.

Adopting a Former Racing Dog

One of the 1st things that you will notice about a retired Greyhound is that they have tattoos on their ears. This is to make sure that each dog is easily identifiable and the correct dogs are entered into certain races. The left ear will show his litter number. The right ear will show his date of birth and then you will see a letter such as A, B, C or D…this correlates to the order in which he or she was born in the litter.

When a person adopts a Greyhound that has been retired from racing, there will be many “firsts”.  Most of these dogs have never seen stairs, pools, sofas, mirrors, kitchen counters and so much more.  A new owner is encouraged to introduce the dog to all aspects of the home including to everyday items and objects that one assumes most dogs would be accustomed to. This should be done with a light, happy tone to the voice and an easy going manner. 

One element that many owners report is that the dog is prone to running straight into glass sliding doors, since most of them have never seen windows….Placing a stripe of dark tape at the eye level of the dog on the glass and be a great help.


Baths only need to be given 1 time every 2 months since the short coat remains fairly clean and the Greyhound rarely emits a doggie odor.

Brushing only needs to be done 1 or 2 times per week, as they shed very little.  A soft brush works best.

Ears should be cleaned 1 time per week with clean cotton balls dipped in a solution of 50% water and 50% rubbing alcohol. Only go as far into the ear as easily allowed.

Dental maintenance is very important.  Teeth should be brushed at home each day for 4-5 minutes using a soft toothbrush and canine toothpaste.  Yearly full dentals should be performed by a veterinarian.

Nails will need to be trimmed 1 time per month.

Greyhound puppyGreyhound Facts Regarding Special Care

The breed, in general, is sensitive to insecticides and if these are applied to your lawn it is best to keep the dog away from that area.

They have a very low percentage of body fat and for this reason they do not fare well to extreme temperature changes.

Because of the above mentioned fact, many will need a sweater on cooler or cold days to maintain core body temperature. While they thrive with outdoor exercise, this is an indoor dog that should live and sleep inside.

Their neck is just about the same size as their head. For this  reason a common and typical collar and slip off very easily.  It is recommended to use a Martingale type dog collar (it is made with an extra loop that tightens it just a bit when pulled on) in order to help prevent a dog who slips out of the collar and is off and running (you will most likely not be able to catch him or her!).



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