Even if you have owned greyhounds for decades, there will be facts here that delight and amaze you!
Greyhound Puppy Life Facts
- Greyhound puppies are known as “landsharks” for their love of exploring everything with their sharp, little teeth.
- Teen greyhound pups are called “saplings.”
- Greyhound puppies often play in kiddie pools.
- Greyhounds are raised on a farm until they are about a year old.
- The greyhound’s exceptional social skills are taught to him by his mother, with whom he remains for most of his first two years.
Greyhound Health Facts
- Greyhounds have a much higher red blood cell count than other breeds.
- The greyhound’s bloodwork values differ from other breeds.
- Greyhounds are highly desired doggie blood donors, due to the being universal donors, as well as their high red blood cell count.
- Greyhounds have high blood pressure, compared to other breeds.
- Greyhounds get “White-coat Hypertension-” super-high blood pressure readings at the vet’s office.
- Greyhounds are genetically predisposed to bone cancer
- Greyhounds have a reputation for having awful teeth and gums.
- Greyhounds can get rather large corns on their paws.
- The greyhound is the only large breed that doesn’t tend to get hip dysplasia.
- A greyhound can become so overjoyed, he wags his tail and accidentally whacks it on something, breaking it. This is known as “happy tail.”
Greyhound History Facts
- The breed is also known as the English Greyhound.
- The greyhound is said to have originated in Egypt.
- Greyhounds have been seen depicted in 8,000-year-old cave drawings
- The greyhound is the only breed mentioned in the Bible.
- Greyhounds were royal pets in ancient Egypt
- The greyhound is revered in ancient Egyptian art from as far back as 3,000 BC, in tombs, on statuary, and on coins & jewelry.
- In ancient Roman and Greek cultures, the greyhound is pictured with Diana, goddess of the hunt.
- The greyhound almost went extinct in Middle Ages, but was saved by clergy
- Greyhounds are mentioned in England’s Canute Laws (c.1040), which stated that they only could be owned by nobility.
- Under the Canute Laws, the penalty for killing a greyhound was death.
- There is a famous epic poem written about a greyhound (“Beth Gêlert; or, the Grave of the Greyhound” by William Robert Spencer , c. 1800)
- A greyhound named Grim lived in the Whitehouse under President Hayes (1876).
- During this same era, Gen. Custer owned greyhounds, as well.
- The first racing oval in the U.S.A. was built in 1920.
- In the 1930’s, track star Jesse Owens raced a greyhound for 3/16 mi.. Owens won.
Greyhound Physiology Facts
- The greyhound is the only creature on earth that can bank a turn without losing any speed
- A greyhound can run up to 45 mph.
- The record speed is 50 mph
- A greyhound can see up to half a mile away.
- Greyhounds are not built to sit
- Greyhounds have very low body fat.
- Greyhounds are sensitive to heat and cold.
- Greyhounds have thinner skin than other dogs
- Many Greyhounds lose the hair on their backsides when the weather warms up; and it grows back again after the hot weather passes.
- Greyhounds are said to be “Dolichocephalic (long-faced)”
- Gray-colored greyhounds are referred to not as “gray,” but “blue.”
- Due to a lack of fat near the skin surface, greyhounds have less “doggy-odor” than other dogs.
Greyhound Behavior Facts
- Greyhounds are docile and sweet in nature
- Never tie a greyhound up, even just for a moment, because he could suddenly bolt and break his neck.
- A greyhound needs 12-16 hours sleep a day
- Greyhounds have sensitive temperament
- Greyhounds rarely bark.
Greyhounds as Working Dogs
- Greyhounds were originally bred for coursing hares.
- At the kennel, males and females are turned out separately
- A racer’s meal is various mixtures of kibble, meat, rice, pasta, veggies, and fruit.
- After a race, the dog is cooled, massaged as needed, and carefully cleaned off.
- The post-race spa treatment often includes a whirlpool bath.
- The greyhound’s tattoo in his left ear is his litter registration number; the right ear has his month & year of birth, and tells where he was in the birth order of his litter.
- Due to their calm nature, greyhounds make good therapy and service dogs.