Greyhounds are such amazing athletes. To see one really move is magic. I decided to research these magnificent animals this week for Showdog Saturday. I don't know individuals of the breed well but hear that they are sweet and quirky.
What I found online is this:
This a very ancient breed. Evidence of them has been found in the Nile River Valley that dates back more than 4000 years. Greyhounds were bred to hunt, with excellent vision and speed. One source said they can reach speeds of 40 to 45 miles per hour.
At one time, only the nobles were allowed to own these gorgeous dogs. Eventually, however, the breed became widely popular. Greyhounds are known for racing, but they also compete in other dog sports, like lure coursing, conformation, obedience, and agility.
In the earlier days of greyhound racing, many of these dogs would be put down when their career was over. Now there are quite a few rescue groups who help these guys find new homes.
Generally healthy, they don't tolerate cold temperatures well and should be mostly indoor dogs during extreme weather. They usually have a strong prey drive but can learn to live with cats and other small animals.
Greyhounds get along with older kids but don't care for the rougher handling of young children. They are pretty independent but willing to please someone they respect. Generally gentle and even tempered, they need someone who is calm, confident and fair to help them succeed and bond.