The Greyhound is a very old European dog breed. They are sight-hounds that were bred for coursing game and racing. In the recent decades they have also won the hearts of human as great family pets. They are a gentle and intelligent breed that has long, powerful legs, deep chest, flexible spine and a slim build that allows it to reach average race speeds in excess of 18 meters per second. They are the second fastest mammal (after cheetahs).
As house pets, Greyhound is a quiet, gentle and friendly dog breed. They are very loving and enjoy the company of their humans, as well as other dogs. They sometimes have the tendency of being couch potatoes. It is important to socialize and train a greyhound from an early age to let them be friendly towards other dogs. It is important to supervise them closely around small animals since they have a high prey drive.
The Greyhounds are not aggressive dogs even though it is easy to think that they are since they wear muzzles during racing. They wear muzzles to keep dogs from nipping at each other during or right after the race when they’re still very excited. The Greyhounds that have high prey drives something wear muzzles to prevent them from harming small animals. Contrary to popular belief, Greyhounds also do not require extended periods of exercise.