Greyhound Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Greyhound Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Breed Info Summary

Breed Suits: Families with children, active lifestyles, companionship

Shedding/Non-Shedding: Little

Size: Large


The greyhound breed had spread throughout Europe by the ninth century, and Spanish adventurers took them to the Americas in the 1500s.

In the past, Greyhounds were utilised for hunting and coursing. They were one of the first dog show competitors. In current times, the breed is rarely used for hunting, and live game coursing is prohibited in many areas. Races and lure coursing, on the other hand, are still popular. The American Kennel Club (AKC) first recognized the greyhound in 1885.

While some modern Greyhounds still race (despite the fact that the sport is prohibited in more than 40 US states), the majority are kept as family pets and companions. 


These dogs are calm and social, and they can even be a little lazy. They are sensitive dogs who, with the right owners, can make wonderful family pets! While gentle by nature, their innate hunting urge is always present, and owners must be willing to accept the breed's associated duties. When it comes to their families, greyhounds are affectionate, but will be suspicious of strangers. They will generally get along with other dogs in the household.

Greyhounds are delicate, graceful dogs recognized for their sweet demeanour and sprinting prowess. They make a wonderful family companion.

Pros and cons to consider


  • Very affectionate
  • Low maintenance
  • Great with kids
  • Quick to learn
  • Can be a great companion even in an apartment situation
  • Quiet dog and rarely barks 


  • Can be too large for some homes
  • Must engage in a lot of activity
  • Sensitive to weather conditions

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