About the Greyhound Breed
The Greyhound is famous for its speed for a good reason. With an arched back and long legs, the Greyhound is capable of a double suspension gallop where it fully contracts and fully extends its body every step. This creates the iconic image of the dog with its legs sticking straight out in front and behind it.
Using this gait, the Greyhound can reach speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour (64 kilometres per hour). It is light, but strong, with plenty of muscle, and the legs are thin and springy, giving good leverage. Even its tail is used to help it sprint, acting as a rudder. The Greyhound is built for sprinting, but not long distance running as other dogs, such as the Alaskan Malamute, are. A show Greyhound may be slightly different size to a racing Greyhound.
The Greyhound is lean, muscular, and streamlined. It has a long neck and high loins, and a face which is focused forward. Being a sighthound, it is very focused when it runs, as it was bred to single out and tackle prey by overtaking it. The coat is very short, keeping the dog aerodynamic, and won't require a lot of brushing or maintenance. There is a huge variety of colours that the Greyhound can be coloured, including almost any variation of white, brindle, blue, red, black and fawn.
Despite its impressive speed, the Greyhound can be a calm and loving pet. It is built so that its energy is used up in one big go while sprinting, and so requires a surprisingly low amount of exercise to keep it happy and out of mischief, for such a fast dog. It can be timid with strangers, but is usually eager to please its owner.