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The exact age of the breed is unknown, however it is generally accepted that the lean, lithe dogs depicted on Egyptian tombs from 6,000 years ago are the precursor of the modern day Greyhound. This is now in dispute after DNA testing suggests that they are more likely to have originated from some strains of herding dogs. Known as sight hounds because they were used for spotting and pursuing game in the open, it was capable of taking down its prey without even stopping. Today the dog is bred largely for the sport of racing, where they pursue a mechanical “prey”. Retired racing dogs are often destroyed as unmanageable, however properly socialized animals from a reputable rescue groups are finding their way into homes as family pets. (continued below)


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(continued) Greyhounds generally stand 27-30 inches at the withers and, according to the AKC breed standard, should weigh 60-70 lbs. However, it is not unusual for Greyhounds to weigh 60 to 90 lbs for females and 70 to 100 lbs for males. They are accepted in all colors. This is a highly prey driven dog as its origins would suggest. However, only a small percentage can’t be trained out of pursuing other small, family pets. Fine with other dogs, they should not be left alone with any other small animal until fully trained. Sometimes typified as a reserved dog, it is more their quiet nature that earns them the title than any aloofness. They are good with people and make a sweet and affectionate pet. Often lazy indoors, the Greyhound doesn’t always care for rough and tumble play with young children. © DogDecor.com
 
 
     
 


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