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Greyhound the rapid dog

Updated on May 31, 2016
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My name is Bartho. I'm a 53 y.o. A brazilian black. I have a 22 y.o. son and I'm divorced. I have 2 post graduations by UNIFESP. Love dogs.

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One day a dog looked at his good old master and thought: "I will not find nobody like you ever. May God make you live long enough for me to enjoy his goodness, because certainly will leave first and happy. "




Known for being the fastest dog in the world, "Formula 1" of dog racing, the Greyhound is capable of speeds exceeding 46,6 miles per hour. Affectionate, gentle and very sensitive, like all Greyhounds, should not be treated with roughness. Besides being a great hunter and excellent runner, is an excellent companion.

The Greyhound is a breed of ancient origin that has always been related to the aristocracy and royalty. It is a natural born hunter with enhanced vision, leaving the smell in the background.
Were raised as hunting dogs, with the ability to see through large areas and over long distances in pursuit of their prey. Its aerodynamic shape, with slender bodies, narrow heads, long legs and muscular, allow to cut the wind, causing them to reach high speeds. The deep chest allows the growth of the heart and increase lung capacity. They have good intelligence and are intuitively connected with their prey during the hunt.
It is a peaceful race with strong bursts of energy when there is free space to run. Greyhounds are clean and have no odor, the hair is short requiring only occasional brushing and bathing. They are affectionate, but do not need many pats, rarely will lick their owners prefer to stick it to them with his nose. They place special emphasis on body contact and love to lie on the couch next to or on top of their owners. His temperament ranges from sensitive to excited, normally docile, loving and affectionate. Rarely are dogs from one owner only, which does not mean that they ignore its owner's specific, like everyone, just love people.
Usually do not bark, but if they do will be for good reason. How to bark very little and are indifferent to strangers, are not advisable as watchdogs. Nevertheless they are very smart, able to solve problems and make decisions alone. How old were already saying about it: "Quick as a flash of light and wisdom of Solomon."
Greyhounds are intelligent, but not necessarily the way you like. His nature is independent, easily learn to open gates, tossing trash and other vicissitudes of everyday life. Many learn successfully commands obedience, but the training need to be creative because they're quickly disinterested if not envision reward.
The sheer elegance, grace and beauty of the Greyhound attract those with a great sense of fashion and design. His power and speed of interest those who like speed. His muscle structure and agility make him an athlete. The sport and its ancient history make him a companion of adventures. His kindness, devotion and sense of humor guarantee a place in the hearts of all those who know and admire.


The Greyhound is an ancient race, perhaps one of the oldest domestic dog there is. Evidence of its origins date back to 4000 years. In ancient times, they served as hunting companions, participants of Egyptian culture, Arabic, Greek and Roman. It is said that in the "Odyssey" of Homer, the dog Argus, who recognized Odysseus when nobody else did, was a Greyhound.
Greyhounds probably came to England with the Gauls and quickly became popular among the nobility, who used them for hunting. The plebeians also recognized the value of these dogs and their ability to catch small prey, many people had one or two Greyhounds. In 1014, King Canute established the "Forest Laws", prohibiting people from hunting with his Greyhounds in real territories. Anyone who was caught poaching in the royal forests would be arrested and confiscated his Greyhound, beaten or killed. These laws remained for hundreds of years, the constant battles between the nobility and the commoners, became known as the "War of the Greyhounds."

This was the time when the white or bicolored Greyhounds were associated with the nobility and the dogs of solid colors to commoners. Dogs darker had better camouflage when hunting in the forests and fields, since they usually hunt took place at dusk or at dawn.
The modern name of the breed originates from the English "Greihound" turn this term comes from the Icelandic, "Greyhundr" which derives from an old English name, "Grighund. Another hypothesis about the name is an allusion to "Greek Hound" (Greyhound Greek).
The prejudice against the colors of Greyhounds continued through the years and the affected dogs as exposure to the 50s and 60s in the U.S.. Greyhounds white and parti-color were most appeared in exhibitions and in most cases, the winners. Currently this bias no longer exists, although many owners and breeders prefer solid colors, success in exhibitions no longer determined by color.
Hunting the Hare (coursing), as sport has grown as the natural abilities of the Greyhounds to hunt and its impressive speed and agility in the field increased. In England in the eighteenth and IX were formed hunting clubs that met on weekends to compete with their dogs. The Waterloo Cup was one of the biggest events, becoming the biggest competition of "coursing" of the world. At a meeting of "coursing", several dogs are released to the strong signal of "Tally Ho" of hunters. The dogs chase a hare until it is caught or until she escaped. In the competition each Greyhound is judged by their speed, agility, ability to pursue, find and kill the hare.
The "coursing" became popular in western and midwestern U.S., where farmers and ranchers Greyhounds imported from England and Ireland to help the control animals that were destroying their stocks of grains and cereals. Soon they were organizing meetings and groups of "coursing" among people who appreciated the speed and hunting skills of the beautiful Greyhounds.
Greyhounds are used in racing since 1927 with artificial hare. Created for the practice race, it is for the Greyhounds what is for Thoroughbred horses, ie, a magnificent machine runs. This new activity has become more popular than the "coursing" and does not need large spaces, not involving the killing of live animals, besides being a spectator sport. Unfortunately this sport causes the killing of over 5000 Greyhounds a year in the U.S., because dogs do not get a good performance in the races are abandoned or killed. Over the past decade, a major campaign has been made for us to adopt retired runners, placing them in loving homes. This movement has the extensive support from the media and is responsible for placing Greyhounds in homes for thousands of years.
Currently, the U.S., most Greyhounds is used in the racing industry and are registered with the National Greyhound Association. A minority reported, less than 200 per year in the American Kennel Club. These dogs are bred by people interested in exhibitions, coursing and other canine activities, above all, they are companion dogs. Despite being the same race, these two strains were separated by decades and rarely mate.
The Greyhound is one of the dogs for greater aesthetic beauty of the world, although it is not "cute" and "cute" it brings out our artistic side. They appear frequently in works of art through the ages, painted on tomb walls, statues and reliefs of ancient Greece and Rome, are present in nearly all tapestries depicting hunting scenes. It was widely used in advertisements and works of art in the period Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
Many ads of the 30s, 40s and 50s models had accompanied the Greyhounds. Many automakers Greyhounds used in their advertisements. The largest bus company in the U.S. took the Greyhound not only in the brand's logo, but also in its own name.
The Greyhound was considered a "secret" of the creators until it became popular. In the U.S. it is common in any social group, which at least one citizen has taken, plan or know someone who has adopted a Greyhound. The majority, who have contact with the race, love it.
In the U.S. there are hundreds of organizations to adopt Greyhounds. There are forums, catalogs and magazines exclusively devoted to them. On the Internet the information about Greyhounds are vast and there is great interest around the world. After so many years tracking the humanity, and not only loved and admired, but also suffering cruelty and abuse, the Greyhound is finally reaching its destination: a place soft and quiet with a family that loves and a society that respects and appreciates, they are definitely the most beautiful and elegant dogs that exist.


Greyhounds love being among people. When someone arrives, they get excited and jump, putting his front paws on her shoulders, all done with the intention of making "party" but a male of 77,16 lb can easily topple a visitor distracted, this habit should be discouraged gently. Your personal space is sacred, especially when sleeping. If suddenly disturbed, they may occasionally growl like reflection. Rarely make aggressive contact with people. If this occurs, ashamed, however it is never too scold them verbally.
They have no claws, but love to climb while the owners slept. Greyhounds can be terrible thieves clothes, toys and snacks. Greyhounds Breeders should have the kitchen free of small objects and the meat should stay on top of the refrigerator or microwave, any food left on the table can be great fun.
It is a very sociable breed, an accomplished runner and an efficient hunter. Can not be trusted to run loose in open spaces because they can entertain themselves with a rabbit, squirrel or child to 800 meters away, moving in a split second behind the "stuck" to see or investigate something interesting.
Most Greyhounds loves other dogs and children but does not tolerate abuses. If they can not get rid, can growl in warning. Do not get used to the street because cars do not respect normally see nor to follow their own direction. Greyhounds love seats soft, preferring to sofas and beds, the floor is not for them.
Were not made to live outdoors and is not a race to be relegated to the garden and ignored. They are very sociable and need company. If you have a large garden, we must remember that Greyhounds love to run, born to it. Not expected to keep a thoroughbred horse in a small corral, the same attitude serves a Greyhound. They need to spend your energy field, so what else can be like a "cushion" on the sofa and a company happy and well adjusted.
They are big dogs, so what you save on trims and baths, spend on food. Greyhounds eat very many people may erroneously think that because they eat little thin, however, eat more than any race of the same size.
Dogs are very healthy, none of the genetic problems found in other breeds are found in Greyhounds. Stomach problems, which can be found in large deep-chested breeds, can appear in Greyhounds. "Hip dysplasia" is not an issue in the race. Life expectancy varies between 09 and 14 years.

GENERAL APPEARANCE - solidly made, imposing, well proportioned, symmetrical and powerful musculature, head and neck long, smooth and well defined shoulders, deep chest, back slightly arched, spacious trunk, limbs powerful and flexible, with strong legs and feet, which emphasize, in a remarkable way, their type and quality peculiar.
PROPORTIONS - (standard does not comment).
Temperament - possessing unparalleled strength and endurance. Intelligent, loving and caring.
SKIN - (standard does not comment).
Hair - hair short and dense.
COLOR - black, white, red, blue, brown, fawn, brindle or any of these colors, combined with white.
SIZE - Height at withers: males, 27,95 to 29,92 inches and females 26,77 to 27,95 inches.
- Length: (default not comment).
- Weight: (standard not comment).
HEAD - Long, moderately large.
Skull - flat.

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      Raimundo Bartho 

      8 years ago from Brazil, São Paulo, Praia Grande

      Thanks for your comment. I liked knowing that you have a greyhound and a terrier. Also liked to know you like dogs. Welcome to this hub.

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      8 years ago

      i have 2 dogs and 1 is a greyhound. He dosen't care much for my bedlington terrier and mostly ignors her. The one thing that makes him happy is when you scratch his head sounds strange but your greyhound will love it!!!!!

    • barthoraimundo profile imageAUTHOR

      Raimundo Bartho 

      8 years ago from Brazil, São Paulo, Praia Grande

      Alphonsians, thanks. Your comment make me feel good. I'm Happy to know this and want write much more for readers and hubbers. I like dogs too much. Kissies.

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      8 years ago from Cebu Philippines

      wow great info about this wonderful dog!

      Superb! I like your discussion about it! It really great to know this get to learn many things!


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