$2,500 – $15,000
10 – 14 years
Greyhounds are available in these colours:
Greyhounds breeds come in a variety of colours like; Brindle, Black, White, Fawn, Blue, Red and mixtures of these colours
Characteristics & Tendencies:
TENDENCY TO DIG10%
About the Greyhound dog breed
Known for their lightning speed and aristocratic, regal appearance, Greyhounds have been around for over centuries. As racehorses of the dog world, their bodies are built for speed, with a deep chest, perfectly straight legs and a muscular body. These large dogs have a short, smooth coat and come in a variety of colours, including brindle, black and fawn. They belong to the hound group and are used in racing, coursing and show rings.
Greyhounds are loyal and affectionate with their humans, and reserved around strangers. These dogs make great housemates as they are quiet, calm and clean indoors. They seldom bark, are naturally well-mannered. Greyhounds can get along with other household pets as long as they are socialised from an early age. However, these dogs do have a strong prey drive so are bound to chase any small animal that moves! Despite their racing origins, Greyhounds only require a moderate amount of exercise to keep them stimulated and content.
This breed is prone to emotional sensitivity, and will require a peaceful, harmonious home. They also do not respond well to harsh training methods, so instead they should be trained with a light hand, employing more praise than correction. Greyhounds are graceful and gentle by nature, and will make a wonderful addition to any family.”
Top health issues
What are the most common health issues for Greyhounds?
- Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Common Greyhounds diseases & conditions, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment in detail:
Pannus refers to the abnormal growth of tissue over the cornea, and commonly affects Greyhounds. It is a lifelong problem that can typically be managed, but not cured. Both eyes are affected although one may appear worse than the other. Usually, a pinkish film begins to develop at the outer aspect of the cornea, the clear outer covering of the eye, spreading towards the middle of the eye. Pannus may be diagnosed by an eye examination. Predisposing factors also include ultraviolet light, high altitudes and smoke. The goal of treatment is to halt the progression of the disease and achieve remission. It is recommended that you discuss with your veterinarian whether referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist would be best for you and your pet.
Hypothyroidism refers to a condition where the thyroid gland, which produces hormones, Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3), is dysfunctional and does not produce these hormones as required by the body. Common symptoms may include weight gain, poor coat, reduced activity level and irritability. Diagnosis is by means of blood tests, and hypothyroidism is easily treated with an inexpensive thyroid supplement. Pet owners should have their vet periodically check their greyhounds, especially if they showing any of these symptoms mentioned.
Gastric Dilatation – Volvulus is a rapidly progressive life-threatening condition in dogs. It is usually associated with large meals and causes the stomach to dilate, due to food and gas, increasing the pressure in the stomach. The consequences of this increased size and pressure may be severe, including prevention of adequate blood return to the heart, rupture of stomach walls, pressure on the diaphragm leading to decreased ability to maintain normal breathing. If the condition worsens and your dog does not receive treatment in time, the condition can become life-threatening. Veterinarians are unsure what causes bloating in dogs, but factors that increase the risk include eating from a raised food bowl, having one large meal a day, eating and drinking too much or even stress. Although any breed can bloat, it is much more common in deep-chested large breeds such as Akitas, Boxers, Basset hounds and Greyhounds. As this is an emergency, it is imperative your greyhound receives immediate veterinary intervention. They will treat the shock, and once your dog is stable, take them into surgery to deflate the stomach and tack the stomach to the abdominal wall to prevent it from twisting.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is a late onset, inherited eye disease affecting many breeds of dogs. It affects the retina, which is the picture screen at the back of the eye, and causes the blood vessels of the retina to atrophy and die. The first symptom noticed is usually dilated pupils – a ‘glow’ or increased ‘eye shine’, and the dog may appear to have difficulty seeing in the dark or dusk (“night blind”). Breeds commonly affected include Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Labrador and Golden Retrievers and Greyhounds. There is no cure for PRA, however an eye exam by a registered Ophthalmologist will diagnose the disease. DNA testing for late consent PRA is available, and is done by taking a cheek swab of your Border Collie. The PRA DNA test identifies one type of PRA, which is related to night blindness. There are another two types of PRA, for which there are currently no DNA tests available.
How much does a Greyhound eat?
Greyhounds are relatively small eaters, requiring approximately 2 to 2.5 cups of food a day. They will do well with a diet of good quality dry food with quality minced meat. Their diet should consist mainly of meat, and supplemented with vegetables, fish oil and dry food. To avoid your Greyhound from getting bloat, they should be fed at a raised level. Always ensure fresh, clean water is available. Greyhounds are naturally slim but should have a thin layer of fat covering their body.
How often does the fur on a Greyhound fall off?
Although Greyhounds have a short, smooth coat, they are average shedders. They are not hypoallergenic, so are not suited to owners who suffer from allergies. They should be brushed daily to keep their shedding under control.
Are Greyhounds high maintenance?
Greyhounds are low maintenance dogs in terms of grooming. Their smooth, short-haired coat will only require occasional brushing to keep them clean and healthy. Comb their coat with a bristle brush, and dry shampoo only when necessary. Their ears should be checked for signs of parasites or infection, and kept clean. Brush his teeth frequently for good overall health and fresh breath. If his nails are not worn down naturally, they should be trimmed regularly to avoid discomfort.
How much exercise does a Greyhound need?
Despite being dubbed the racehorse of the canine world, the Greyhound does not actually require copious amounts of exercise. They have medium exercise requirements, and are quite content to sleep for the rest of the day following a session of vigorous exercise. Greyhounds should be allowed frequent opportunities to run off leash in a safe, secured area such as an enclosed yard. High fences are essential as this breed is known to jump very high. Greyhounds enjoy having a regular routine, so daily, brisk walks are recommended to fulfil their exercise needs. In addition to physical exercise, Greyhounds should also be stimulated mentally. Greyhounds can become hyperactive and destructive if not given an outlet to release their energy. Greyhounds are the fastest breed of dogs, and can reach up to speeds of 64 kilometres per hour! Therefore, they should never be allowed off leash in public, as it they have the tendency to chase anything that moves.
How often should a Greyhound visit the vet?
Overall, Greyhounds are healthy dogs, but are prone to several health conditions. Due to their explosive physical abilities, this breed is prone to injury. As a deep-chested breed, they are also susceptible to bloat and gastric torsion. Many ex-racing Greyhounds also do not have good dental health as their teeth have been neglected.
Scheduled six-monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure your Greyhound is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. In these annual visits, your vet will complete a physical examination, take your dog’s temperature and check his heartbeat, among other things. Routine maintenance for your dog gives you a chance to track your dog’s growth and development and discuss any concerns with your vet, and forms a key part of preventative care.
Are Greyhounds kid-friendly and sociable with humans?
Greyhounds are sensitive breeds, and prefer being in peaceful, harmonious environments and around soft-spoken people. They are well-behaved dogs and can be patient with children. However, they are more suited to homes with older children who know how to be sensible around dogs. Greyhounds are usually calm and sociable indoors with a quiet position. As long as they get adequate exercise, the Greyhound quite is content to laze around the house! These dogs are devoted and affectionate with their families, but reserved and aloof with strangers. These dogs also seldom bark and are not particularly vigilant as guard dogs.
Are Greyhounds difficult to train?
Greyhounds can be docile and sensitive, so should be trained with a light hand, patience and consistency. They do not respond well to harsh methods of training. Positive, reward-based training will be the most effective approach for training this breed. They should be socialised from puppyhood and exposed to a range of people, places and situations to prevent them from becoming timid or fearful in the future. Retired racing Greyhounds are easy to housebreak as they generally would be already crate trained from the track. Greyhounds may find difficulty with learning how to sit as it is not a natural position for them.
Compatibility with other pets
Do Greyhounds get along with other dogs or cats?
Greyhounds usually get along fine with other household pets, as they enjoy the company of other animals. However, they do have a high prey drive meaning they will chase smaller animals such as cats, rabbits and rats. Considering how fast this breed can run, Greyhounds with a particularly strong prey drive could seriously injure or kill any smaller running animals. Nevertheless, Greyhounds without a strong prey drive will be able to coexist happily with smaller dog breeds and/or cats. This breed is non-aggressive and is usually sociable with other dog breeds, although they will prefer the company of their own kind, including other Greyhounds or Whippets. Just be careful when introducing a new greyhound to a home with smaller pets 🙂
Need for company
How often do greyhounds need to be around humans?
The Greyhound is a charming and loving breed, and love the company of their humans. As indoor dogs, they suit owners who are at home often or can spend enough time with them. They enjoy comfort, and you will often find them snuggling on a couch or under a blanket. The Greyhound can be cat-like in some ways, being sensitive and reserved at times. In general, Greyhounds are affectionate towards people and have a friendly attitude.
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