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Weight: 57-88 lbs.
Energy Level: High
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Greyhound in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 10-12 years
Greyhound Dogs are able to maintain fairly good health for the duration of their lives, but some of these pups are prone to the development of life-threatening health conditions. Bloat, for example, is a sometimes fatal health complication that affects Greyhound Dogs the most out of any purebred. The reason for this health complication surge in Greyhound Dogs is unknown. But bloat, specifically, occurs when fluid and gas become trapped in the belly, causing distension and extreme discomfort. Surgery is a common requirement to correct this life-threatening condition.
Another health concern that your Greyhound Dog may develop is:
While bone cancer could develop in almost any breed, Greyhound Dogs are, for some reason, especially prone to this condition. Bone cancer is incurable in dogs, but it is manageable with vet-prescribed medications for pain and other cancer-related symptoms.
Minor health conditions that could affect your Greyhound Dog include skin allergies, hip dysplasia, and cataracts. The average, healthy Greyhound Dog has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
Temperament & Train-ability
Known as one of the quickest purebreds in the entire world, the Greyhound Dog looks slim and fragile, but these pups are pure muscle and strength. They are natural-born runners, so a fitness-minded pet owner is a must-have. Their overall temperament is pleasant and friendly, but they may be wary of strangers. No worries, though. Simply introduce whoever is visiting you to your Greyhound pup, and watch the stranger become a new friend. These dogs are easier to get along with than most purebreds, but they have a low tolerance for yappy, small dogs and rowdy, young children. Socialization is absolutely essential to instill acceptance in them at an early age.
When it comes to exercise, the Greyhound Dog is very active, energetic, and playful. He loves to run around and play with other dogs, but he would also do well taking 2-3 long walks each day with you. Fenced-in backyards are ideal for Greyhound dogs because they love to romp free and explore, but make sure the fence is high and deep. These pups have been known to dig or jump to satisfy their curiosities of the outside world.
Some pet owners prefer to take the professional route when it comes to training their Greyhound Dogs. These pups are not extremely difficult by any means, but their natural independence can be a challenge. Housebreaking your pup will be one of the biggest hurdles. But patience, determination, and a clear establishment of dominance are the key ways to gain compliance from your Greyhound pup. You should also offer meaty rewards as treats, and praise your pup when she follows your instructions. Never, ever use physical force or harshness to train a canine. These purebreds will return your negative behavior if that is what you give to them.
Greyhound Dogs are sleek and smooth, and their grooming regime is simple enough to manage. These pups require a brushing once a week with a medium-bristled brush. Their skin might be sensitive, so be gentle when you pull the brush over their coat. Bathe your pup every 6-8 weeks with gentle dog shampoo. In the meantime, use a dry shampoo to dust your pup and temporarily combat that “stinky dog” smell.
The Greyhound Dog needs a good amount of nutrient-rich kibble to energize their active, strong bodies. These pups are runners, so they have nutritional needs like that of a human runner. Only a bit less. Divide 1-2 cups of dry, high-quality kibble into two meals per day. Every nutrient counts, so invest in the dog food brands that have whole grains, veggies, and lean meats at the tip-top of their ingredients label.
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Greyhound Dogs, common in sporting events, are an in-demand breed. Therefore, it is relatively straightforward to find a breeder. But make sure you go through the process of thoroughly, completely researching the reputation of a prospective breeder before you invest in their Greyhound puppies. Some breeders are more concerned with money and less concerned about the health and well-being of their puppies. If you suspect neglect or puppy mill activities, report a breeder to the local authorities for animals. Abuse and interbred/overbred practices should not be tolerated.
When you find a reliable, reputable breeder, expect to shell out between $800 to $1,000. However, there have been some reports of AKC-guaranteed sporting Greyhounds priced at $2,500, all the way up to $15,000. Crazy, but true. If what you are looking for is a lifetime family companion, the former prices are the norm.
It is common to find a Greyhound Dog in an animal shelter, so check your local shelter before you invest in a breeder. Adoptable Greyhounds cost between $75 to $250, but add-on fees for vaccinations and spay or neuter services will raise the overall adoption fees to between $400 – $550. You should also add in the long-term costs of wholesome kibble, toys, regular vet visits, vaccination updates, and a fund for medical emergencies.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. Greyhound Dogs earn a 1.5 on the integration scale. These pups have a natural dominance and intelligence that makes them a joy to have as a companion. But these same awesome traits can be a challenge when it comes to training and socialization. Start early, as in the puppy phase, with positive training sessions and socialization with other dogs and children, to teach your Greyhound Dog about acceptance, tolerance, and obedience. Overall, these pups are great running companions for fitness-minded pet owners.
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