Greyhound is a very old breed of greyhounds. Their ancestors were brought to Britain, but that's how the breed got its final look. Greyhoundov used to create many breeds, which required such qualities as swiftness, tirelessness and at the same time elegance. So the blood of the greyhound is in such breeds as the dirhound , the modern Irish wolfhound , Whippet, Hungarian agar, the Spanish greyhound greyhound, Irish setter, pointer, dog and doberman .
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History of the breed
There are many versions of the origin of the greyhound. Many believe that their ancestor was an ancient Egyptian dog, known in the fourth millennium BC. First these dogs were brought to Greece. Even Alexander the Great had such a dog. And from Greece this breed got to Britain.
According to another version, the progenitor Greyhound was the Asian greyhound greyhound, which was brought to England by merchants in the 10th century AD. Although the most plausible is the version of the origin of the Greyhound from Celtic dogs.
In any case, since then the breed has changed a lot. In the Middle Ages, these were powerful dogs that were used to hunt wolves and even bears. Later the dogs became lighter and more elegant and they were used for hunting deer, foxes, but more often for hares.
Gradually on the British Isles the game became less and began to develop the use of greyhounds for sporting purposes. Today, greyhounds are great companions.
The appearance of the greyhound
A typical representative of this breed is a strongly built dog, muscular, with noble proportions and lines, with long neck and head, strong, well-formed shoulders, deep chest, convex loin, powerful trunk and strong legs. Greyhound is tireless and has amazing energy. His long straight jumps allow you to develop a huge speed.
The height of the male is about 71-76 cm, the bitches grow to 68 - 71 cm. The weight of the greyhounds varies from 25 to 40 kg.
The head of the dog is elongated, with a hardly noticeable transition from the forehead to the muzzle, the jaws are powerful. Eyes are dark, ears are narrow and small in the form of a pink petal with a short coat. Teeth white and strong.
Paws of medium length, with thick pads and tightly collected in a lump of fingers. The tail is low, long, tapering to the end. The dog keeps it low enough, slightly saber-like curved.
Greyhound's wool is thin and tightly fitting. Color is white, black, red, reddish-brown, blue, tiger, fawn or any of them with white.
Maintenance and care
Greyhound does not require special serious care. To keep in order of appearance, you need to regularly comb out the short coat of the dog. You can only bathe as necessary, but not often. The fact is that this breed has a rather sensitive skin and from chemicals the dog may have irritation on the skin or inflammation.
It is necessary to monitor the condition of the dog's claws and cut them off in time, as the long claws in the puppies can affect the incorrect formation of the paws, and in adult dogs they lead to injuries. This procedure should be done once a week.
Attention requires the teeth and greyhound, because they formed a raid. It must be cleaned with the help of special canine toothpastes.
Greyhounds are very active dogs, which require intense daily walks and regular training, an opportunity to run. However, before releasing a running dog, you need to make sure that there are no pets nearby, after which the dog will start hunting and busy roads, which are dangerous for the greyhound.
Feed the representatives of this breed in smaller portions several times a day. This will reduce the risk of gastric diseases.
They are devoted dogs and brave hunters. They are calm and intelligent , but like many hunters, cautious towards people, including the owner. They do not react to severe measures of upbringing and are sensitive to the voice of the owner. The owner of the greyhound should be calm and authoritative for the dog.
These dogs need early socialization in order to remove timidity and give confidence. Puppy, not used to noise and people, in adulthood will be afraid of loud sounds and strangers.
The training of English greyhounds is a rather laborious process, but necessary. It should strengthen the connection between the dog and the master. Educate them patiently and gently.
The greyhounds are strongly developed hunting instinct, because they can pursue all that moves, consider cats as prey.
In the house these dogs are not too active, preferring silence and sleep. The English greyhounds barely bark and are not good watchmen. They do not show aggression towards other dogs and strangers.
In general, dogs of this breed are notable for good health. They do not have problems with the disease characteristic of most other breeds - dysplasia of the hip joint. However, many long-legged dogs are prone to bone cancer or osteosarcoma. Therefore, it is necessary to contact the veterinarian if the dog suddenly begins to limp.
They have a tendency to gigroma and hypothyroidism.
Also, English greyhounds are sensitive to medical drugs, including anesthesia. Greyhounds live on average 12 to 14 years.
Prices for puppies
Greyhound puppies cost from $ 500 to $ 1,300 . It depends on the name of the parents and what the puppy is for.