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Greyhound Dog BreedGreyhound dogs and all similar-type dog breeds have been depicted since the early ancient times throughout Greece, Egypt, and Rome. The Greyhound is a member of the sighthound family. In fact, the first type of dogs that were specifically bred by humans were called the Sighthound. Sighthounds were created in order to chase and outrun game, ultimately catching it through speed and agility.
The name “Greyhound” is said to have come from either the Greek word Graius or the Latin gradus, which denotes high grade. When the times of Saxon had been reached, Greyhounds were very popular and well established throughout Britain. They were valuable to both commoners and the rich. Commoners used them to hunt and put food on the table while the upper class enjoyed them for the sport of chase.
The Forest Laws of 1014 ruled that only the nobility could own and maintain Greyhounds. These laws were in effect for nearly 400 years and although the ruling was changed, Greyhounds still remained as dogs of nobility even though they were not functional anymore for chasing game because of the growing practice of agriculture and alternative food sources becoming available to the people.
Greyhounds also were entered
into dog show competitions and were officially recognized by the AKC in
1885. Greyhounds were then specifically bred for either dog shows or
racing. There is even an organization called the National Greyhound
Association (NGA) which helps register thousands of Greyhound dogs
Taking Care Of Your
Greyhound: Upkeep of the Greyhound means plenty of daily exercise.
Brisk walks are great, but this dog needs to sprint! They absolutely
love to be outdoors running around and chasing things. Danger is easily
found when Greyhounds are allowed to run free in areas that may prove
to cause injury. To counter this, always take your dog outside in the
country where there is little chance of getting hit by a vehicle or
some other source. As far as grooming is concerned, very little is
needed due to the short-haired coat Greyhounds have.
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