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History Of the Greyhound

Greyhound History 101

Greyhounds have, for thousands of years, been bred to do two things: Run like the wind and work together with other dogs. They were not bred to be solitary hunters, and the transition from hunting to racing has kept that spirit of cooperation intact. For this reason, greyhounds tend to get along with other dogs.

The earliest purebred dogs were of the greyhound-type. The first traces of the long, lean dogs of the greyhound-type were seen in the ancient city of Cata-Huyuk, located in what is now southwest Turkey. Temple drawings, dating to 6000 BC, show a hunter pursuing a stag with the help of two greyhound-types. It was in Egypt, however, that the greyhound really came into his own. Not only were the dogs kept as companions and hunting partners, they were nearly worshipped.

During the Middle Ages, greyhounds almost became extinct. They were saved by clergymen who protected them from starvation and bred them for noblemen. It was during this period that owning a greyhound became the exclusive right of the nobility.

For centuries, greyhounds have been bred to hunt by outrunning their prey. They are the fastest breed of dog, and their speed is breathtaking. Years of breeding for speed have given them athletes' bodies and dancers' grace. The need to think fast enough to avoid accidents while running at top speed has given them a high degree of intelligence.

The greyhounds' devotion to man is legendary. They seem grateful for their homes and reward their owners with never-ending affection. Raised with their litter mates, where they competed for attention, greyhounds love becoming the center of your attention as pets and will reward your love and affection by returning it tenfold.

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