|Group:||Hounds (Group 4)|
|Club:||Hound Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 4)|
|Contact:||Mrs Susan Santoro|
|Phone:||0416 740 888|
Background The Greyhound is one of the oldest if not the oldest breed of dog. From ancient times to this day the greyhound remains unchanged in its physical appearance. In ancient times Greyhounds were held in such high regard that only noblemen and royalty could own one. These dogs were companions of man but were also used for putting food on the table. The dogs would hunt rabbits, hares and any small game. Greyhounds hunt by sight.
Average Lifespan Between 10-15 years. Average 12 years.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Greyhounds are loyal, intelligent and very affectionate. They enjoy being part of the family and command lots of attention. They love to run, play and sleep (preferably on the sofa). Placid and tolerant temperament makes them wonderful for children. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. Greyhounds can also be very comical and many are known to smile at you when you talk to them or when they are happy. Although not known as a guard dog they will usually bark if a stranger approaches their domain and their size alone is enough to deter an unwelcome visitor.
Compatibility with other pets There are many cases where Greyhounds live happily with other family pets such as cats and smaller dogs. The truth is they adore the company of other animals. It is a much easier process if the Greyhound is introduced to other pets at a very young age, but it also can be a success if the dog is older. If you are adopting an ex-racing dog once they are settled into their new family life they will live very happily and reliably with other pets and become very attached to them.
Care Requirements Greyhounds are a very low maintenance breed, their short close coat needing only an occasional brush. People often believe that the Greyhound needs lots of space and constant exercise, the truth is a gallop and a walk each day is sufficient. As for the rest of the day, he is happy curled up asleep on the couch, hence his nickname "COUCH POTATO". Greyhounds are easily house trained and are very clean inside the house.
Ideal Owner/s People who love a constant companion and friend. Greyhounds are wonderful company and are great with children. People who will include the Greyhound in the family activities. Retired people.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Greyhound and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.