8 Facts About Greyhounds

8 Facts About Greyhounds

  • Most Greyhounds are able to reach a speed of 45 miles per hour in less than one and a half seconds (usually within three strides).
  • Greyhounds originated in Egypt where signs of them have been found in pyramids.
  • Greyhound racing was first introduced to both the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1920’s, before that Greyhounds were primarily used in hunting.
  • When running at full speed, a Greyhound has all four feet off the ground twice during each stride.
  • Greyhounds have a difficult time sleeping on hard surfaces because of their lean body makeup.
  • Greyhounds have higher levels of red blood cells than most other breeds; this is one of many reasons for their superior speed.
  • Due to having no undercoat, Greyhounds generally don’t affect people’s allergies to dog hair.
  • The “grey” in Greyhound does not refer to the color, but is from another root word origin meaning “fair”.