I love Greyhounds! They are so silly and sweet. Below you will find 15 fun facts that I collected about them. Let me know if you have any you’d like to add! Pictured is one of my favorite pet sitting clients, Echo.

Rhodes Jordan Park, Lawrenceville, GA

15 Facts About Greyhounds

  • One of the most ancient breeds. Likely to have originated in England
  • Bred originally to chase foxes, deer and hares
  • In 11th century England, “commoners” were forbidden from owning Greyhounds
  • Greyhounds are the only breed of dog mentioned in the bible
  • American Kennel Club recognized Greyhounds in 1885
  • If properly socialized, they have a kind and gentle personality and get along with other dogs and humans
  • Don’t let their reputation fool you! Known to be hyper, Greyhounds are actually quite docile and love snoozing on the couch or their favorite cushion
  • Their thin coat makes them vulnerable to cold, nicks, scratches, scrapes and tears
  • Greyhounds rarely bark, but keep an eye on their ears. That’s how they’ll tell you that someone is on your porch!
  • They can see clearly for up to a half mile
  • Dog breed group is Hounds
  • They can reach 40-50 miles per hour
  • Greyhounds have an average lifespan of 12-15 years and are generally a healthy breed
  • Average weight is 50-85 pounds
  • They stand 26-30 inches tall at the withers

These dogs are just all around great! Here are some Greyhound rescues in the Southeast-

Greyhound Rescues in the Southeast

Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta– Stone Mountain, GA

Friends of Greyhounds– Sunrise, FL

Greyhound Crossroads– Greenwood, SC

Greyhounds Galore– Macon, GA

Greyhound Life Savers– Columbia, SC

Oh My Greyhounds– Birmingham, AL

Second Chance Greyhounds– Douglasville, GA

Southeastern Greyhound Club– Moreland, GA


“As when the impatient Greyhound, slipped from far,
Bounds o’er the glad to course the fearful hare
She in her speed does all her safety lie,
And he with double speed pursues his prey,
Overruns her at the sitting turn; but licks
His chaps in vain; yet blows upon the flix.
She seeks the shelter which the neighboring cover gives,
And, gaining it, she doubts if yet she lives.”
Ovid, Metamorphoses, 1st century B.C.

Valerie Hahn

Valerie Hahn

Professional pet sitter and animal lover in Lawrenceville, GA. I live with my dog, Gizmo and my cat, Buffy. I love and respect all animals.
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2 thoughts on “Spotlight on Dog Breeds: 15 Facts About Greyhounds

  1. I have a greyhound named Chester and I absolutely love him. However, I had no idea that his breed was mentioned in the bible. Could you please give me a reference as to which book and verse the breed is mentioned in the bible?

    • Hi Faylinn! The Greyhound is the only dog mentioned by name in the Bible; many versions, including the King James version, name the Greyhound as one of the “four things stately” in the Proverbs.

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