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Greyhound - Appearance & Grooming

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015


Tall and lean, the Greyhound is built for speed. The body is contoured with a deep chest and muscular back. The head is long and the muzzle tapered. The eyes are dark colored, but bright in appearance, giving the indication of intelligence and spirit. The ears are folded back, unless the dog is excited, in which case they are pricked and alert. The Greyhound's front legs are straight and they have well-knuckled, hare-like feet. The hindquarters are muscular and powerful and the tail is carried low with a slight curve upward toward the end. By standard, AKC Greyhounds tend to weigh 10-20 pound heavier than NGA Greyhounds.

Size and Weight

Greyhounds stand anywhere from 26 to 30 inches at the shoulder. Males weigh 65 to 70 pounds while females weigh 60 to 65 pounds. By standard, AKC Greyhounds tend to weigh 10-20 pound heavier than NGA Greyhounds.

Coat and Color

The name “Greyhound” can be misleading. Their short, smooth, easy to care for coat can be any color including fawn, black, red, blue, white, brindle, particolor (white with at lease one other color), or of course, gray.

Grooming Needs

Though they have short hair, Greyhounds shed quite a bit. A hound mitt, used daily, will keep loose hair from becoming too much of a mess around the house. Bathe the Greyhound as needed. Many owners prefer to use dry dog shampoo on this breed.

Check the ears regularly for signs of irritation, infection, or wax buildup. Clean the ears with a cotton ball and a veterinarian-approved cleanser. Never use a cotton swab on a dog's ear. Clip the nails monthly if they make noise on hard floors.

Greyhounds are prone to dental problems, so it is important that the teeth are brushed several times a week. This will prevent bad breath, keep tartar from building up, and keep gums healthy.

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