Friendly, affectionate, and well mannered.
Tall, sleek, and keen, the Greyhound is the fastest breed in the world. Around the house, he’s a couch potato. As a powerful coursing dog who hunts by sight rather than by scent, the Greyhound is often depicted chasing rabbits, hare, deer, and larger animals, such as bear and boar–all in different types of terrain and climates.
With agility, strength, endurance, and completely focusing on his quarry the Greyhound runs at a double suspension gallop. He travels at a speed of 35 miles per hour or more until he catches the game and holds it. A member of AKC’s Hound Group, the Greyhound has a smooth, curvaceous, and well-muscled body.
The Greyhound is an ancient breed. As early as 3000 BCE, Pharaoh Menes I bred Greyhounds and tomb paintings of the breed date from before 2000 BCE.
A loving and quiet breed, the Greyhound’s favorite pastime is hanging out and doing nothing. Quiet and clean with good manners, the Greyhound are easy keepers. ~Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz
Official Standard of the Greyhound
Greyhound Club of America
Head: 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.
Ears: Small and fine in texture, thrown back and folded, except when excited, when they are semi-pricked.
Eyes: Dark, bright, intelligent, indicating spirit.
Neck: Long, muscular, without throatiness, slightly arched, and widening gradually into the shoulder.
Shoulders: Placed as obliquely as possible, muscular without being loaded.
Forelegs: Perfectly straight, set well into the shoulders, neither turned in nor out, pasterns strong. Chest: Deep, and as wide as consistent with speed, fairly well-sprung ribs.
Back: Muscular and broad.
Loins: Good depth of muscle, well arched, well cut up in the flanks.
Hindquarters: 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.
Feet: Hard and close, rather more hare than catfeet, well knuckled up with good strong claws. Tail: Long, fine and tapering with a slight upward curve.
Coat: Short, smooth and firm in texture.
Weight: Dogs, 65 to 70 pounds; bitches 60 to 65 pounds.
Scale of Points
General symmetry and quality 10
Head and neck 20
Chest and shoulders 20
Legs and feet 20
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