The champion runner of the dog kingdom, the Greyhound, is king noble, gentle, and sweet-tempered canine friend with an adorable independent spirit.
For centuries, these graceful and loyal hounds have been an object of attraction for poets, artists, religious people, and kings.
About the Greyhound
Greyhounds are the basis of the dog breeder credo, which has become popular.
“Form follows function.” Starting from this dog’s narrow, aerodynamic skull to its feet’ shock-absorbing pads, Greyhounds are entirely created for high-speed pursuit.
The Greyhound is a lean beauty with it’s sleek “inverted S” shaped body, which is created by the dog’s deep chest gently curving into a tightly tucked waist, has been an object of interest for poets, artists, and kings for as long as the history of civilization.
Greyhounds are a template from which many other coursing hounds have been hit.
Feed your Greyhound a good quality dog food that is appropriate to his age (senior, adult, or puppy). The breed Greyhound typically requires what we might consider a somewhat higher protein and calorie food content than some dogs.
If you want to give them human foods, you must first learn about which human foods are dangerous for dogs, and which are safe. First, check with your vet if any foods raise concerns or if you think your dog’s weight is unhealthy.
The Greyhound isn’t a demanding dog in terms of grooming. Its coat is short, smooth, and requires very little grooming asides regular baths and, of course, a weekly rubdown with a hound glove or a damp cloth.
The nails of these dogs are healthy and fast-growing, so they require regular trimming if it doesn’t naturally wear down, as overly long nails can make the dog uncomfortable.
The ears must also be checked at least once a week for any buildup of debris or wax that may cause an infection, and even cleaned if required. The teeth of this dog must be brushed often— every day if possible— using a toothpaste particular formulated for dogs.
The Greyhound is considered the cheetah of all domestic dogs.
While they are perfectly happy to relax and play around the house all day, the dog is capable of running at high speed and energy when faced with a threat, potential prey, an opportunity to chase a coursing lure, or a tennis ball.
Greyhounds require a regular schedule of workout time and chances to run around safely. These dogs may only be let off the leash in an area that is secure and fenced, as they may be unable to resist the temptation to run off in the quest of perceived prey.
It can be frustrating to train a Greyhound for people who do not understand the temperament of the Greyhound. As a sighthound or racing breed, this dog was developed to chase after game with sight instead of by scent.
They chase after game independently of their owners, making their own decisions, unlike other species of hunting dog breeds that require some form of direction. A Greyhound must be socialized from birth with small animals and children.
Owners must consistently train their dogs with short and sweet lessons, as the Greyhound quickly become bored. With their mild, sensitive personality, these dogs need a gentle approach in training, instead of harsh handling.
Greyhounds are more interested in doing things with their owners than for their owner. They are a very affectionate companion to their families, though they tend to be aggressive or reserved with strangers.
Greyhounds are generally very healthy dogs, although there several conditions they can be prone to. Just like most deep-chested dog breeds, the Greyhound is susceptible to gastric torsion and bloating.
Gastric torsion is an immediate and life-threatening enlargement of a dog’s stomach that is sometimes followed by twisting. Owners are meant to be aware of the symptoms of bloating and be swift to seek medical attention if such occurs.
A condition known as Greyhound neuropathy is arguably isolated in this dog breed. Other disorders that likely include cardiac and eye problems. Responsible breeders always screen their dogs for conditions that may affect the breed.
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