Life expectancy

10 years

Age adult

28 months

Height (Shoulder height)

70 cm


30 kg

Coat texture

short-haired / dense

Coat color

all colors and patterns

Common illnesses

elbow dysplasia / teeth problems / cerebellar ataxia / Greyhound-polyarthritis

Food expenses per month in €

about € 68

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather yes

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


sensitive / friendly / clingy / athletic / calm / intelligent / gentle

Bred for

preferred by aristocracy, companion dog / racing dog / hunt/ hounding

Common illnesses

elbow dysplasia / teeth problems / cerebellar ataxia / Greyhound-polyarthritis

Dog type according to FCI


FCI description

Sighthounds were bred to the hunt and drift hunting on flight animals, like gazelles or hares. They hunt, in contrast to other hunting dogs, on sight and rushed their loot to complete exhaustion. They are among the fastest land animals (~70 hm/h). At home they are cuddly, affectionate and sensitive, as soon as they want to go outside and they should live out their joy of running. With some the hunting instinct is quite pronounced, which is why you should at least offer an alternative occupation. If you have the possibility to do justice to the urge to move, you will find a faithful companion in a greyhound.

Short description

The Greyhound was originally used as a hunting dog and was bred for high society. Later he was used for greyhound racing. Racing Individuals were doomed regularly during these races especially if their performance decreased, because they were the object of bettings. He is calm and loyal and is an ideal family-dog. Running without a leash is not recommended, because of his distinct hounding passion.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.