As the fastest dog breed in the world, greyhounds are tall, thin, muscular canines with a deep chest, short coat, long legs, and a long, pointed nose.
How Much Does a Greyhound Weigh?
Female greyhounds weigh between 50 to 65 pounds (22 to 29 kg).
Males are heavier and usually weigh between 65 to 85 pounds (29 to 38 kg).
How Much Does a Greyhound Puppy Weigh?
Greyhound puppies weigh between 5 ounces and a pound when they are born.
Interesting Facts About Greyhounds:
Graceful and obedient, these dogs are capable of reaching a top speed of 40 to 45 miles per hour!
They make excellent pets and are the perfect animals for racing, with a huge greyhound-racing industry built around this breed of dog.
The AKC ranks the Greyhound as the 151st most popular dog breed.
Greyhounds are often referred to as ‘sight hounds’ or ‘gaze hounds’. This means they hunt based on their eyesight, rather than hunting by scent.
Although they have excellent vision, it is stereoscopic vision, meaning they can only detect moving objects with their eyes.
The greyhound is an ancient dog breed. It has been used to hunt and race for thousands of years.
Wolves, deer, and antelope were some of the larger animals these dogs hunted, as well as smaller animals such as foxes, rabbits, and hares.
The oldest dog remains ever found were located in Asia and included bones belonging to a type of greyhound that existed 10,000 years ago!
Since then, the greyhound has been held in high regard in many countries and cultures, including Ancient Egypt, at the time of the Roman Empire and, later, the British Empire.
Greyhounds were eventually introduced to the United States by British settlers, and this breed was recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1885.
~ Fun Fact ~
Very few greyhounds are gray. So why have they been given this name? It’s believed they are called greyhounds because of a translation error that occurred in the past. Germans called this type of dog a ‘Greishund’, which is German for ‘Ancient Dog’. However, when translated to English, this breed of dog was given the name ‘greyhound’, and they have been called this name ever since!