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Behind Greyhounds

Posted by Victoria Rebelo on

Welcome to our new blog series Behind the Breed! This series will highlight a dog breed and provide some information so you can better get to know the dog behind the breed. Our first breed is Greyhounds!

Greyhound Dog

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Greyhounds can be seen at the racetrack as they are often used for sport and entertainment, a very controversial topic. Their long legs, although slender, pack a lot of power. A Greyhound can run at a max race speed of 72 km/h! Often described as "natural racers", these athletic (when they want to be) pups make the perfect furever friend for those who live an active lifestyle. Did someone say running buddy?
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Greyhound Dog
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Historically, Greyhounds have also been used as hunting dogs and as a result, have a high prey drive. Have you ever seen a Greyhound dart after a squirrel while on your walk? That's prey drive in action! Of course, every dog is different and drives will vary. 
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The term Greyhound is kind of like an umbrella label used to describe dogs that fit under that typical image of what we understand a Greyhound to look like: thin, long, and lanky. There are many dog that make up the Greyhound family such as Whippets, Afghan Hounds, and Borzoi just to name a few. 
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Greyhounds, although active when they want to be, are reported to be quite cat-like and lazy, and can be found sleeping most of the day. They are calm, not known to be barkers, and docile. Smaller versions of the breed, such as the Italian Greyhound, make wonderful apartment dogs due to their size and temperament. Because of their thin build with very little body fat, Greyhounds are sensitive to the cold and are often spotted sporting fashionable sweaters, coats, and even onesies for full body coverage. Super cute!
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- The Grumpy Puppy
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Remember, every dog is different. The above mentioned information highlights generalized tendencies and characteristics seen across the breed. Dog personalities and characteristics, much like humans and our personalities, vary from pooch to pooch.