Quick Look

  • Height

    • Male71 – 76 cm
    • Female68 – 71 cm
  • Weight

    • Male29 – 32 kg
    • Female27 – 29 kg
  • Common Colors

    • Black
    • Blue
    • Brindle
    • Fallow
    • Fawn
    • Red
    • These colours may be broken with white
    • White
  • Coat Texture

    • Fine and close.
  • Average Lifespan

    • 10 to 13 years


History of the Breed

The greyhound has been around for a long time and evidence of similar dogs can be traced back to Greek, Egyptian and Roman times. In Britain, the breed became particularly popular in the Saxon period, where it was valued greatly. Greyhounds became the breed of the nobles and became extremely valuable for chasing hares in the 19th Century.


  • Adaptability
  • All-around friendliness
  • Exercise needs
  • Health & Grooming
  • Trainability


  • Affectionate
  • Independent
  • Loyal

Common Health Problems

  • Gastric Torsion Gastric dilatation volvulus is a medical condition in which the stomach becomes overstretched and rotated by excessive gas content.
  • Susceptible To Tail Tip Injuries

Top Tips for Caring for a Greyhound

  • Greyhounds are naturally clean so require little grooming
  • Due to the greyhounds love of running and chasing, they should only be let out in safe, open areas
  • Requires a decent amount of regular exercise in the form of long walks and occasional runs

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