The Greyhound, also known as the English Greyhound, Graydog, Grayhund, and Grewehound, is considered to be the ultimate canine athlete. They are reportedly the oldest and the fastest of all domestic dog breeds, and have been clocked at 45 miles per hour and reportedly have been able to clear 30 feet in a single jump. Historically the Greyhound’s speed was a true asset, and was utilized to help hunt and rundown many forms of large and small prey. Today however, many Greyhounds are no longer used for hunting, but rather racing. As a result, many shelters and organizations have banned together with the sole purpose of finding good homes for the many abandoned racing Greyhounds. Potential owners for a Greyhound should consider adopting and/or rescuing a Greyhound before speaking with a breeder. The Greyhound was one of the first breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, appearing in the second edition of the AKC Stud Book in1885. It is a member of the Hound Group.