Greyhound

Hound Group

Greyhound lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 27-18 in, Males 28-30 in

Weight

Females 60-65 lbs, Males 65-70 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-13 yrs

History

There is some debate amongst historians as to where and when the Greyhound originated. Some believe that they originated as long as 5,000 years ago in Egypt, used by Pharaohs to hunt in the harsh desert climate. Others believe that they actually were developed from herding breeds in Europe, with their close ancestors having been bred by ancient Celts from Eastern Europe or Eurasia. Regardless, greyhounds are skilled sighthounds that were bred to be able to see slight movements in wide-open spaces.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Greyhounds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

☆☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

☆☆


Prey Drive

★★★★★


Shedding

☆☆

Common Traits

Affectionate and friendly with a great temperament

Independent and sometimes described as "catlike"

Intelligent and easy to train

Need a fair amount of daily exercise but are low-key couch potatoes at home

Sensitive and can pick up on negative emotions or tensions amongst their people