Greyhounds make excellent family pets – they are laid back and make great snuggle buddies. Being gentle and affectionate in nature and generally good with children and the elderly, they are now being used as therapy dogs.
Greyhounds don’t need lots of exercise – normal doggy walks of 20 minutes are plenty! They are quite lazy and can sleep up to 16 hours a day!!
A greyhound’s coat is short, almost odourless and doesn’t moult much – this means that they are a great option for people who are usually allergic to dogs.
Greyhounds are the second fastest land mammal and can reach top speeds of 70 km/h over a short distance. The fastest human can only run 44.7 km/h.
The greyhound is the only dog breed mentioned in the bible. Historically these dogs have been prized and until the 18th Century only the nobility could own one!
Between 30,000 and 40,000 greyhounds are bred for the racing industry each year in England and Ireland and approximately 1/3 of these do not reach their first birthday. It is estimated that two greyhounds in every race run will die before they are 4 years old…