Facts

  • The first proud greyhound owners were kings and queens of ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. Many ancient gods have also been pictured with greyhounds as companions. Greyhounds were revered for their elegance and gentleness. 
  • Modern greyhounds have lived their lives on a track, in a crate, or on a farm in a run-a far cry from the pampered lives their ancestors lived. But the centuries of breeding are still part of the greyhounds' demeanor. They are elegant, gentle, loving animals who make wonderful companions.
  • Though they are coming from a track into a home, they are amazing dogs and quickly and happily adapt. The more time and patience you give to them, the quicker they learn and give you their allegiance.
  • They're sweet; one look into their eyes and you'll melt. Any veterinarian will tell you that greyhounds are one of the best natured breeds. Born and bred to be calm and sweet, they are patient and gentle with children and adults.
  • They're easy-going, If you want to laze around, they will too. If you want to play, they're more than happy to oblige. Needing no more exercise than a dog of similar size, they enjoy daily walks with you, and a romp in a fenced-in area once in a while.
  • They're smart. Greyhounds are very trainable. They want to please you, and so take direction well. Climbing stairs may take a week or two. Finding soft spots will take mere seconds. But loving a greyhound will last a lifetime.
  • Greyhounds are the ONLY canine mentioned in the Bible (King James version, Proverbs 30:29-31).
  • Greyhounds are the oldest, purebred dog, dating back to the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Paintings inside the tombs of the great Pyramids depicted greyhounds.
  • A law passed during the reign of King Canute stated "No mean person may keep any Greyhounds." The law also stated that the destruction of a Greyhound should carry the same capital punishment as the murder of a man.
  • In England at one time, it was forbidden for "commoners" to even own a greyhound.
  • Our American General Custer was a big greyhound fancier.
  • President Abraham Lincoln had a greyhound on his family coat-of-arms.
  • In 1804, Australia issued a proclamation ordering the destruction of all dogs EXCEPT greyhounds and sheepdogs.
  • The mythical Greek Goddess Diana is usually pictured with a greyhound at her side.
  • There is an Irish greyhound named Master McGrath, who has been memorialized in poetry and song for his winning the English Waterloo Cup race.
  • John Barrymore, the famous actor, always kept his house full of greyhounds as pets.
  • Bo Derek, the actress best known from the movies "10" and "Tarzan", owns several retired racing greyhounds, and is a great advocate of greyhounds as pets.
  • For many, many years the American make of car the Lincoln had a greyhound as its hood ornament.
  • Greyhounds are the fastest breed of dog, reaching top speeds of 40 miles per hour!
  • Greyhounds can see CLEARLY for a distance of a half-mile.
  • Many people who are allergic to dogs are NOT allergic to greyhounds, due to their short, sleek coat and skin type, which has more oil to it, thus less dandruff.
  • Greyhounds are NOT guard dogs. Being bred specifically to be even- tempered and good natured, they are inherently well socialized. For this reason they LOVE everyone.
  • A retired racing greyhound will return the love and affection you give him by 110%. Few things in life are quite as satisfying as adopting one of these lovely greyhounds and being rewarded with never-ending love!