Fascinated by the aerodynamic build of the greyhound dog breed? You’re not alone. These svelte dogs have captivated and impressed humans for centuries. Did we mention greyhounds are the second fastest land animals (cheetahs are first) on earth? They’re capable of reaching speeds of 45 miles per hour.
Greyhounds make for wonderful pets because they aren’t a “barky” breed and they are easy to train and groom.
Do Greyhounds Bark a Lot?
For the most part, greyhounds are a quiet, calm breed. However, it’s important to note that the inheritance of greyhound temperament is less predictable than physical characteristics like their size or color of their coat. Behavior is also closely associated with the training and raising of the animal. That being said, you may find your greyhound is more energetic than others.
It is not unusual for this breed to bark to notify you of a stranger, during play, or when they’re with other greyhounds. Greyhounds are a sensitive breed, and they have a reputation for howling when they’re left alone.
If you’re having issues with your greyhound barking, remember that all dogs bark, some less than others. It’s one way they communicate with us humans and other animals, so don’t expect your dog to stop barking completely.
The first thing you need to do is understand what is behind your dog’s bark. Do they bark more while you’re away, when they see a stranger, or because they’re bored?
Once you figure out what the noise is all about, you can take charge and let your dog know, “I’ll take it from here.”
How to stop greyhound dog breed from barking
Exercise your greyhound before you leave, especially if you’ll be gone for several hours. Greyhounds are designed for speed (sprinting), not endurance, so your dog won’t need a crazy amount of exercise to wind him down. A 20-minute workout/play session might be enough to tire your dog enough so it will nap while you’re gone.
Greyhounds belong to a hunting dog group called sighthounds. They can spot the movement of a prey animal a great distance away. Because of this trait, your greyhound might be on high alert and excessively bark because of its keen sense of sight. When barking becomes a problem, refer to our guide on dog barking.
Facts About the Greyhound Dog Breed
Greyhounds are noble, loyal, and gentle with their families. Although content to lounge around the house, these dogs are built for high-speed pursuit. Faced with the right incentive like a tennis ball, coursing lure, or prey (smaller animals including dogs and cats) the greyhound is capable of incredible speeds up to 45 MPH. Greyhounds can live in a smaller home or apartment; however, you will need to leash your greyhound while outside, as he may take off or chase after an animal.
Size: Greyhounds range from 27 to 30 inches in height and weigh anywhere from 60 to 70 pounds.
Life expectancy: Greyhounds tend to live 10 to 13 years.
Coat: Greyhounds have a smooth, short coat that comes in an array of colors.
AKC group: Greyhounds belong to the AKC hound group.
Are Greyhounds Easy to Train?
Greyhounds are bred to be independent creatures. This innate autonomous nature allows greyhounds to make decisions without much, if any, direction from their humans, which can pose issues when you train this breed. Without understanding this trait and learning to work with it, your training may be frustratingly futile. To help you and your pet succeed you’ll need to keep training lessons short to ensure your greyhound doesn’t lose interest. And only use positive reinforcement with this sensitive breed; never yell or harshly correct your pet — no matter what the breed. Greyhounds do well with early socialization with children and small animals when they’re younger.
Does the Greyhound Dog Breed Need Grooming?
Greyhounds require little grooming thanks to their short, smooth coats. A weekly wipe down with a hound glove or washcloth and regular bathing will help keep your pet’s coat looking its best.
If a greyhound’s nails aren’t naturally worn down by running or walking on rough surfaces like concrete, it’s essential you regularly trim your dog’s nails to prevent them from getting too long and causing your dog discomfort or pain. Check your dog’s ears weekly for debris and wax buildup and brushed teeth regularly (daily is best) to maintain good oral health.
What If My Breed Is a Greyhound Mix?
Although considered a generally very healthy breed, greyhounds are susceptible to bloat (a sudden life-threatening condition) which is the enlargement of the stomach that is often accompanied by twisting of the intestines. A mix with a smaller breed may help reduce the risk of this health issue. Greyhound neuropathy is an inherited disorder that’s unique to this breed. The condition is marked by sensory loss and muscle weakness. Genetic research and testing of the dog parents can help determine risk factors in a greyhound mix.
Here are some popular greyhound breed mixes:
- Belgian Greyhound — greyhound + Belgian Malinois
- Doberman Greyhound — greyhound + Doberman pinscher
- Gerhounter — greyhound + pointer + German shepherd
- Greyador — greyhound + Labrador retriever
- Greybull — greyhound + pit bull
Resource Links for More Greyhound Info
- The Greyhound Project Inc. (Adopt a Greyhound)
- Greyhound Club of America
- National Greyhound Adoption Program (NGAP)
- Italian Greyhound Club of America