Greyhounds are one of the oldest documented pure breeds. They are believed to have been the pets of pharaohs and great kings during ancient times. The earliest discovery of a Greyhound came from the Tomb of Amten, in the Valley of the Nile, Egypt.
Facts About Greyhounds
The greyhound is the fastest dog breed registered by AKC. Their bodies are built to be athletes and they can sprint up to 45 MPH, but only for short periods of time. They are built for speed not endurance. Unlike like many other medium breeds, they are low energy level, pretty much a couch potato. However, they still have to be exercised daily. Not necessarily needing to be ran, they do need a minimum of 2 walks per day. They can adjust well to small places such as apartments. The typical behaviors of Greyhound puppies are energetic, curious, and mischievous. Young dogs are active and this is the perfect time for Greyhounds to develop their bodies. The old or retired Greyhound is usually calm, quiet, clean and gentle.
The key reason for the over-population of this breed is mainly due to larger quantities of farm breeders and backyard breeders. Farm breeders usually breed with the purpose of earning a profit from racing Greyhounds, essentially gambling.
When a litter is born, puppies who display racing potential will be trained to become race dogs, the others who don’t will be sold, or killed. Shockingly, it is estimated that 20,000 pure breed Greyhounds will be killed each year. Unfortunately, there are many atrocities inflicted upon greyhound dogs which are not good enough to race. Many of them will be killed by mass euthanasia, gunshot, starvation, bludgeoning, electrocution, donated to medical research, or simply abandoned. Those lucky enough to be sold or adopted by good families, rescued by rescue groups or shelters are not the majority.
There are numerous Greyhound rescue groups across the U.S. Remember that by adopting, donating or volunteering you are helping and changing the life of a dog.
Owning a greyhound is a big responsibility
Greyhounds are wonderful dogs. They are clean, well-mannered, and affectionate. Retired racers usually need a loving home where they can live out their final years with comfort and companionship. But maybe you have your heart set on a puppy, and would even like to explore the world of greyhound racing.
You must understand that a greyhound’s innate nature is to run. If you do not have an absolutely secure fenced yard, the dog will always need to be on some sort of a leash. Fortunately, they do well inside, but are often happiest with another greyhound to pal around with. They will need to run several times a week, so keep that in mind.