Other name: English Greyhound

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The Greyhound, or English Greyhound, is a dog with a strong frame and musculature. Harmoniously built, it is based on limbs of great flexibility and gives off an impression of nobility. The Greyhound is clearly cut for speed, reaching up to 70 km / h. It is one of the fastest land animals, behind the cheetah, the springbok or the deer, which revolve around 90 – 100 km / h.



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Hair type Short
Origin Britain
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 26 kg to 34 kg From 68 cm to 71 cm
Male From 30 kg to 38 kg From 71 cm to 76 cm
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History of the breed

It seems that the deep origins of the Greyhound go back as far as Antiquity, probably in ancient Egypt and Greece a little later. These dogs were subsequently gradually introduced to Europe, but it was in Britain that the Greyhound breed was developed. Extremely efficient runner, he made the most of his speed by chasing the hare during the hunting parties. He then took part in spectacular races in cynodromes and still does today. The breed was officially recognized definitively by the FCI in 1955.

Greyhound Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: short, fine and tight.
Its color: fawn, pale fawn, white, black, red, blue, brindle or any of these colored tones variegated with white.
His head: thin and long, with a flat skull.
His ears: thin, arranged in pink and small in size.
His eyes: oval, shiny, ideally dark in color and intelligent expression.
Her body: generously proportioned. The back is quite long, broad and square, the loins powerful and slightly arched, the chest is high and ample, the sides well pulled up.
Its tail: long, set low, carried low and slightly curved, thick at its base and thinning to the end.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers


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Upbringing the Greyhound is not very difficult due to its gentle character and intelligence . However, it is necessary to show firmness during his training so that he knows the limits not to be exceeded. Be careful never to go for the balance of power, because the Greyhound is very sensitive .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Although it is preferable for them to live indoors due to their sensitivity to cold and inclement weather, the Greyhound will always prefer living in a house with a fenced garden to one in an apartment. It gets along quite well with children and other animals if it has been properly socialized. Family life therefore suits him perfectly if he enjoys good conditions.


Ease of gaining weight

A generally healthy dog, the Greyhound only fears the cold and injuries that can appear during races. His short and fine hair does not protect him sufficiently against low temperatures and bad weather, while his limbs can suffer the effects of too intense efforts when running. His paws should be examined systematically after sprints.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 1 and 12 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of a Greyhound is, on average, between 10 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

Moulting is practically non-existent in the Greyhound, especially as its coat is short and very thin . It therefore requires little maintenance , but it must remain regular to protect its skin and its health in general, while preserving the beauty of its coat.


It is recommended to brush the dog weekly . Baths are only necessary if they are excessively dirty (traces of mud, etc.).

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1000 €

The purchase price of a Greyhound is between € 500 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1,400
1500 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Greyhound is between $ 1,400 and $ 1,500.

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The diet of the English Greyhound must be adapted to its morphology and its physical activity. He must ingest daily between 400 and 500 grams of pâtés which are accompanied by meat, rice or pasta. If human food fits him like a glove, the Greyhound can also be satisfied with kibble if it is of high quality and meets his needs.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Greyhound is a born runner. He therefore needs daily outings and to be able to take a few sprints to be happy . Other than that, he is content with little exercise and is extremely calm around the house.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 10: Greyhounds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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