Fun Facts about Greyhounds
On the track, Greyhounds can lose up to 5 pounds in a single race.
Each racing greyhound is tattooed. The right ear is their birth date; the left ear is the litter number. You can track the greyhound’s brothers and sisters through these tattoos. You can also trace their racing record and racing name by the tattoos.
Adopting a greyhound can be described as the potato chip theory, you can’t have just one.
Greyhounds are commonly called 45 MPH Couch Potatoes.
The Greyhound’s body weight is only 6% fat, less than half the amount of dogs of a similar weight in other breeds.
The smallest retired racing Greyhound can weigh as little as 40 pounds and the largest may tip the scales at more than 100 pounds and still be at a normal weight.
Racing Greyhounds have never seen other breeds of dogs.
Stairs are something a Retired Greyhound has never experienced. Watching an adult Greyhound tackle stairs is amusing.
Greyhounds can reach speeds nearing 45 MPH in seconds.
When a Greyhound is in full stride, all four feet leave the ground twice,
Historical Facts about Greyhounds
Greyhounds are the only breed of dog mentioned in the Bible; Proverbs 30, verses 29-31.
Greyhounds appear in both Greek and Roman mythology. The Greek poet Homer, in 800 BC was the first author ever to mention the dog in literature.
Alexander the Great’s favorite dog was the Greyhound.
In 1493, Greyhounds became the first European dogs in the New World.
General George Custer coursed his fourteen Greyhounds the night before the Battle of Little Big Horn.
There is evidence of Greyhound-like dogs living with humans almost 8,000 years ago.
Greyhounds first appeared on coins in 500 B.C.
The origin of the name Greyhound is unknown; regardless, the name has nothing to do with the Greyhound’s color. Gray is actually not a common color among Greyhounds.
Greyhounds were treated with almost god-like reverence by ancient Egyptians and highly regarded by other cultures in the Middle East.
A favorite pastime of the nobility was a sport called coursing, in which dogs compete against each other in the pursuit of a lure.
In the late eighteenth century, the Earl of Orford was obsessed with the breed and set about to produce the “perfect” Greyhound that we know today.
The Midwest became the home of Greyhound coursing and eventually Greyhound racing. In many areas of the Midwest and West, Greyhounds are still bred by backyard breeders to hunt and kill jackrabbits and coyotes.
Greyhound racing, as we know it today, developed in the early 1900s.
Each year in the United States over 18,000 retired racers begin new careers as pets.
Reference: The Reign of the Greyhound: A Popular History of the Oldest Family of Dogs, by Cynthia A. Branigan (Howell Book House, 1997)
Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies, by Lee Livingood (IDG Books Worldwide, Inc, 2000)
Are friendly, gentle dogs; Thrive on human companionship; Love to be the center of attention; Make wonderful household pets; Are kennel trained, so they take to housetraining quickly, with a little TLC and patience; Come in all sizes, colors and ages; Weigh between 50-85 lbs and have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years or more;
Require little exercise, but a nice walk 3-4 times a week will make them happy; Are tolerant of children, preferring to walk away when they’ve had enough; Are very social; Are not used to cats, so extra time and patience may be required; Require routine visits to the vet and good dental hygiene; Must always be kept on a leash when outside a fenced area since they are sight hounds and can run faster than you! CANNOT live as outside dogs! Do not have the normal doggie odor and shed little; Will love you unconditionally!