Introducing the Greyhound

Most people think of the Greyhound as a racing dog. And they sure have come by the name rightly, as they can run at speeds 40 to 45 miles per hour. However, these dogs were initially bred to be hunting dogs. Their speed would help them to catch deer, foxes, and hare.

The American Kennel Club describes the Greyhound in the following way.

“The champion sprinter of dogdom, the Greyhound is a gentle, noble, and sweet-tempered companion with an independent spirit. For thousands of years these graceful hounds have been an object of fascination for artists, poets, and kings.”

Greyhound Appearance

Greyhounds are easily identified with their sleek coats and aerodynamic bodies. And though their name indicates a grey color, they can be any color, including fawn, black, red, blue, gray, or white. Also, they can be brindle, particolored, or stripped.

Their thin coats make them prone to shivers. So, if you keep the home cold or walk your dog when cold outside, it may need a coat.

Average Height: 25 – 30 inches

Weight: 50 – 85 lbs.

Life Span: 10 – 13 years

Not sure if your rescue fits this description? Give us a call to find out at Animal Care Center.


Greyhound Care

Today, the owners of these beautiful dogs would tell you the greyhound has two speeds, full sprint and couch potato. They are agile, graceful, mild-natured, and loving. However, they do not adapt well to extreme temperatures or being left alone.


Greyhounds are prone to becoming overweight and to bloat. So, they should be fed high-quality dog food that is appropriate for their age and activity level. The Recommended amounts are as follows:

Males: 2.5 – 4 cups per day in two meals

Females: 1.5 – 3 cups per day in two meals

And remember that treats are great for training, but there can be a point where too many treats are unsuitable for any dog breed. And clean, freshwater should always be available.


Greyhounds have a thin coat that is not big on shedding. Therefore, they require very little grooming. If owners keep up with the nails, teeth, and ear care, these dogs are good to go.


The muscular physique of a greyhound may suggest an active dog, but that is not entirely true. Although they are great for a fast sprint, they like to lounge around and take naps the rest of the day. They are good apartment dogs in that regard.

Keep your greyhound on a leash as they will dart off after a curious squirrel or a grazing rabbit. And if a Greyhound runs off after an animal and gets lost, they will become quite upset.


Most Greyhounds are healthy and live long lives. However, there are a few health issues owners should be aware of:

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Anesthesia Sensitivity
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Gastric Torsion or Bloat

Furthermore, the best care you can give your Greyhound is to have an excellent veterinarian to rely on. That is what Animal Care Centers is all about, providing the best care for pets and their owners.


Animal Care Center Cares for Greyhounds and All Dog Breeds

From the moment you enter the Animal Care Center, you’ll be among the friendly staff, owners, and pets who prefer Dr. Williams. The total preventative care of your pet is our pleasure. So, you need not worry one bit. What’s more, the team will welcome your pet with open arms putting your loved ones at ease.

We are confident that the best care for your furry family member is at the Animal Care Center. Our team provides complete care for your pet’s health needs, including dental care, internal medicine, and emergency care.

Caring for the total pet is our specialty. From eyes and ears to testing and surgery, the people of Smyrna, Georgia, and the Greater Atlanta Area can count on the fantastic staff at Animal Care Center and our own Dr. Williams.