Greyhound: dog food and breed portrait
The Greyhound is a large breed of dogs from Great Britain. He belongs to the sighthounds and is accordingly listed by the FCI in group 10, section 3. The Greyhound is the second fastest land animal in the world directly after the cheetah and therefore regularly the star at sighthound races, which are very popular especially in England.
History of the Greyhound
The ancestors of the Greyhound were probably brought to Britain by the Celts almost 2,500 years ago. From the 16th century the Spanish Galgo Español was added, which was introduced in large numbers.
On this basis, the targeted breeding, from which the Greyhound of today finally emerged, was then started. Like all greyhounds, the Greyhound was at first a hunting dog, but it was soon used in greyhound races and finally found its way from Great Britain to the USA.
Even today Greyhounds are regular guests at dog racing tracks due to their incredible speed. Furthermore they have developed into quite popular family dogs, which inspire their owners with a calm and balanced character.
Features of the Greyhound
The average life expectancy of the Greyhound is between 10 and 14 years. With a shoulder height of 71 to 76 centimetres for males and 68 to 71 centimetres for bitches, the Greyhound is not only among the sighthounds one of the large breeds.
His body is typically slender and has good muscles as well as long runs and a deep chest. The breed standard does not prescribe a certain weight for the Greyhound. As a rule, however, this is within a range of 23 to 33 kilograms.
All in all, the Greyhound leaves a thoroughly elegant and supple impression. His neck and head are elongated and narrow. He has a moderately trained stop. His oval eyes are mostly dark and his small ears are rose-shaped.
The dense, fine coat of the Greyhound is short and smooth. The breed standard allows white, black, fawn, blue and brindle dogs as well as bi-coloured animals with white as basic colour and a spotting in one of the mentioned colours.
Greyhound nature and character
The Greyhound is characterized by a balanced and calm character. In everyday life he proves to be quite easy-care and frugal. In addition, he is considered to be very intelligent and extremely sensitive.
Once he has taken his owner into his heart, the Greyhound shows his affectionate side. However, his sociability is usually limited to the members of his family. The Greyhound tends to be aloof and reserved towards strangers.
Activities with the Greyhound
Like other sighthounds, the Greyhound was originally used as a hunting dog. In this area, however, the graceful four-legged friends are hardly of importance today. Only in a few countries, as for example Ireland, the Greyhound is still used for hunting small game.
Very much more frequently, however, he is used in greyhound races. There he reaches speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour, with which none of his related breeds can keep up.
Thanks to his cuddly and quiet nature, the Greyhound has also developed into a popular family dog. In this context, however, his strong hunting instinct can prove to be a serious problem. Because it is sometimes hardly possible outdoors to leash a Greyhound without hesitation and let it run free.
Apart from that, prospective owners of a Greyhound should be aware that the breed needs to be moved sufficiently.
In contrast to other dogs, however, the Greyhound is less interested in a demanding activity, but rather in satisfying its joy of running. In addition to classic track races, lure coursing is very well suited for this purpose.
Unfortunately, like most pedigree dogs, the Greyhound has not been spared an increased risk of certain typical breed diseases.
In particular, the Greyhound has an above-average probability of the following health problems:
The Greyhound barrier
Greyhound obstruction is a disease that occurs a few days after physical exertion and causes damage to the musculature. This leads to, among other things, loss of appetite, fatigue and a stiff gait.
The first sign of Greyhound's obstruction is a dark coloration of the urine. If you notice this symptom in your Greyhound, it is essential that you visit the vet immediately.
Joint diseases of the Greyhound
As important as sufficient exercise may be for the Greyhound, the strain on the musculoskeletal system, which is associated with a high sports workload, is just as great. Joint problems are therefore quite common and can be extremely painful for your Greyhound.
Tartar in the Greyhound
Most greyhounds have an increased tendency to form tartar. The Greyhound is unfortunately no exception. Since tartar is not only a cosmetic flaw in dogs, but usually the beginning of permanent dental problems, you should pay sufficient attention to the dental care of your Greyhound.
The right nutrition for your Greyhound
Nutrition according to requirements plays a decisive role for the health and well-being of your Greyhound. The energy requirements of your four-legged friend depend on various factors such as age, weight and physical activity and must therefore be calculated individually.
With Bellfor's special nutritional concept, you will always make the right choice for feeding your Greyhound. We recommend either our well-tolerated cold-pressed dry food or, for animals with a high training load, our particularly high-energy Premium PUR Aktiv dry food.