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Tombs of Egypt from the Fourth dynasty, between 4000 and 3500 BC, show drawings of dogs similar to Greyhounds and Salukis, making it obvious that dogs of this type were much esteemed during this era. During the ensuing centuries, Greyhounds proved to be in great demand as an item of barter, and spread through the Near East and Europe.

They were developed as a standard in England, where they became a status symbol. The dog was a favorite of English nobility, who limited ownership by the common folk under the Laws of Canute formulated in 1016. “No mean person may keepe any greyhounds, but freemen may keepe greyhounds so that their knees be cut before the verderors of the forest, and without cutting of the knees also, if he does abide 1 miles from the bounds of the forest.”

In wide flat spaces, a hunter was handicapped – no brushy forest to conceal the human presence or to hamper the animal as it attempted to bolt. With its powerful eyesight and great speed enabling him to overtake the quarry, the Greyhound proved an invaluable aid.

When dogs became more than a means to fill a cooking pot, the Greyhound excelled in coursing, and later, track racing, hitting a speed of 45 mph, maintaining its reputation as the fastest dog on Earth. Only the cheetah tops him for speed in that animal world.

His track abilities have given him an advantage over all other breeds. The racing Greyhound is the only recognized breed in America not afflicted with the curse of hip dysplasia.


Modern Greyhounds make gentle, well-behaved, graceful pets, elegant showdogs or thrilling competitors. They are affectionate with their families and, like many sighthounds, aloof with strangers.

Despite their speed in pursuit, the Greyhound at home can be a relaxed and relaxing companion, although not ideal for city life and families with young children. It tends to forget its training when it sights potential prey,, but is otherwise tractable.


The Greyhound should be neither too thin nor too fat. Watch its weight and diet carefully, particularly if the hound is a racer. Dive the dog thick, solid food, including semi-fat meat. Avoid liquid or fatty mash, and starchy foods. Two or three light meals a day are preferable to one heavy one. The diet should be rich in calcium, vitamins, and minerals.

Use a soft brush on the coat. To give the coat its luster, use a piece of chamois. Take the Greyhound for daily walks on a leash or, better still, use a bicycle. Let the mature Greyhound gallop freely once or twice a week.

For further information on the Greyhound.

Websites relating to Greyhound Breeders, Clubs and Rescue Groups.

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  1. April 11, 2010 at 1:41 am

    I have some beautiful Greyhounds at Shefaro. The first was the lovely Ch. Shefaro Hidden Meadow’s Lola Rouge. After Lola, I acquired the wonderful lure coursing Best in Field KB’s Einstein. Lola and Einstein are a joy to live with. They are happy hounds who enjoy running my pasture and playing in Shefaro Park. They are truly clown hounds with a great joy of life. Please visit my website http://www.sherryrodarmor.com and http://www.shefaro.com/greyhoundeinstein Einstein and Lola produced some fabulous pups. You can see some of their pictures at http://www.shefaro.com/highlights2010 and http://www.shefaro.com/highlights2009 Pages are updated as highlights occur. If you haven’t lived with a Greyhound, you don’t know what you’re missing.

  2. April 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    On April 18, 2010, my Greyhound, Einstein, won another lure coursing Best in Field. Please visit the above websites to see new pictures of a great Greyhound boy!

  3. jhon smith
    November 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    The Greyhound is arguably the purest breed on Earth, appearing to have changed little from dogs depicted on the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs. It is also mentioned in the Holy Bible in the Book of Solomon.

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