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Greyhound |England|

Greyhound |England|

Despite being bred for speed for so many years and excelling in this department, Greyhounds are also noted for their wonderful temperaments. These large dogs are generally calm and quiet around the house, needing short but vigorous bouts of exercise. They are loyal, friendly, affectionate, and typically good with children, as long as they are properly socialized. Greyhounds make excellent companions, but retain their instincts to hunt on sight, so small furry critters, including other dogs, are not always safe around them.

History

The Greyhound has had a long history and association with nobility. These dogs were frequently given as prestigious gifts among rulers, usually kept separate from the other hunting dogs, and given preferential treatment. Their exact origins are uncertain, but traditional theories lean toward their development in the Middle East or among the cultures of ancient Europe. Representations of Greyhound-like dogs appear frequently on Ancient Egyptian tombs. Controversially, a study in 2004 into purebred dog genetics indicated that Greyhounds, Borzois, and Irish Wolfhounds hold the same genetic cluster as several European herding breeds. These results combined with historical evidence has led some to conclude that the breed actually originated in southeastern England approximately 2,000–2,500 years ago. Hare coursing with Greyhounds became popular in England in the sixteenth century, and during the same time frame, the first of the breed were taken to the United States with the conquistadors. At the end of the nineteenth century, track racing Greyhounds became a popular sport and remains so today.

Despite their legendary speed, Greyhounds do not need extended periods of daily exercise. They are bred for sprinting rather than endurance and are happy to spend most of the day relaxing at home.

In the British Isles, about 25,000 Greyhound pups are registered each year. However, thousands of dogs have to be rescued or are euthanized when they fail to make the grade as racing dogs.

The world’s fastest dogs, Greyhounds have been bred for speed and can reach up to 45 mph over a short distance.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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