In these democratic times just plain folks enjoy long-held royal prerogatives, and the Greyhound has made the leap—gracefully, of course—from his majesty’s hunter and fashion statement to family pet. The docile yet independent, catlike nature of Greyhounds is immensely charming. Training them is a challenge best approached with a sense of humor. Greyhound prey drive is awesome, and some fenced-in running room is a must. Walking a Greyhound off-leash is a serious no-no. Organized coursing events is a great way to channel their need for speed.
Did You Know?
The Greyhound is the fastest breed of dog.
One of the most celebrated of many Greyhound owners in history was General George A. Custer. Custer was especially fond of coursing breeds - Greyhounds and "staghounds" - and traveled with a hound pack that numbered about forty. One book reports that Custer's dogs were about to run a matched race the day before he left on his fatal expedition to Big Horn River in 1876.
Theories of the name "Greyhound" range from derivation from Graius, meaning Grecian; the old British grech or greg, meaning dog; and the past predominance of gray as the breed's color.
The hare is the Greyhound's natural quarry.
The first knowledge of the Greyhound comes from the Tomb of Amten, in the Valley of the Nile, regarded by Egyptologists as belonging to the fourth dynasty, which in modern chronology would be between 2900 and 2751 B.C.
Greyhounds were among the first at American dog shows, and they have an entry of 18 listed in the first Westminster Kennel Club catalog in 1877.
Rutherford B. Hayes owned a Greyhound named "Grim."
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|White & Black||202|
|White & Black Brindle||328|
|White & Blue||288|
|White & Blue Brindle||333|
|White & Blue Fawn||334|
|White & Red||214|
|White & Red Brindle||336|
|Black & White||019|
|Black Brindle & White||021|
|Blue & White||045|
|Blue Brindle & White||254|
|Blue Fawn & White||274|
|Fawn & White||086|
|Liver & White||125|
|Red & White||146|
|Red Brindle & White||149|
|White & Fawn||207|
|White & Liver||212|
|White & Liver Brindle||335|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|