Posted 3 months ago
By Charlotte Vowles
With a top speed of 45 mph and muscle tone that'd even make the fittest Love Island contestant jealous, it's easy to see why Greyhounds are worthy contenders for the best dog breed.
Said to be the world's oldest breed of dog and definitely the world's fastest, they already have more than a few accolades to their name.
They're the only dogs named in The Bible, and pooches thought to be their ancient ancestors were worshipped by the Egyptians, including Cleopatra.
Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, is also a big fan. A Christmas episode of the show saw Bart adopt Greyhound Santa’s Little Helper, who goes on to have many adventures with the famous family.
But despite their sleek appearance and incredible speed, Greyhounds love to worship nothing more than your sofa, your bed, or wherever else they can lay their head because they’re also known as ‘the 45mph couch potato’.
And although a Greyhound ‘zoomie’ is a sight to behold, they were bred for speed, not endurance. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t actually need huge amounts of exercise, so if you’re looking for a jogging buddy, I’m afraid you can jog on.
After a quick sprint, they love nothing more than snoozing and lying around the house in a number of strange yoga-like positions known as ‘roaching’.
You might catch them doing this as they ‘chitter’ their teeth. Similar to a cat’s purr, this strange chattering sound can mean you have a very contented pooch.
All this makes for a pretty chilled housemate who won’t use all the milk or keep you up all night partying.
In fact, although they look snarly if you’ve ever seen one in motion on a race track, Greyhounds have kind hearts and are usually quiet, gentle dogs.
And because so many are bred for racing each year and retired relatively young, these gentle souls are always on the lookout for a cosy bed and human to call their own.
But given that our world can at first be a little scary to them once they’re rehomed, they might require a bit of patience to get used to their new surroundings but will reward you with endless affection and the satisfaction of seeing them progress more and more each day.
I guarantee, once you’ve had one of these unique personalities in your life, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.
Vet Linda, from Pooch & Mutt, says:
1. Greyhounds are Sighthounds: they were initially bred as hunting dogs who used their sight and speed to chase after foxes, deer and hares.
2. Greyhounds are a gentle and intelligent breed who make excellent companions, but it’s important to note they are likely to have a high ”prey” drive and may be prone to chasing smaller animals.
3. Osteo-arthritis, also called Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), is commonly found in Greyhounds. Early onset DJD can be more common amongst retired racing Greyhounds.
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