Greyt Greyhound Tidbits of Information
- The greyhound is the only dog to be mentioned in the Bible - King James Version, Proverbs 30:29-31
- Greyhounds are the oldest purebred dog, dating before the Pharaohs. The first records of greyhounds are about 8,000 years old. All greyhounds alive today are descended from a dog called King Cob, who lived in the 1700's.
- A law passed during the reign of King Canute stated that no commoner could own a greyhound. The law also called for capitol punishment for anyone causing the death of a greyhound.
- The racing greyhound is the only breed of dog to have no recorded cases of hip dysphasia, a common genetic disease in large breeds.
- Fredrick the Great of Prussia asked in his will to be buried with his beloved greyhounds. The graves remain today.
- Greyhounds are quiet and calm. They seldom bark. They curl up into a remarkably small space to sleep. The retired racing greyhound returns the love you give him many times over. Few things in life are as satisfying as adopting one of these wonderful dogs.
- The actor John Barrymore always kept a house full of greyhounds as pets. The actress Bo Derek owns several retired racers, and is a great advocate of these dogs.
- Greyhounds are by far the fastest breed of dog, reaching speeds well in excess of 40 miles an hour. They can see clearly more than half a mile.
- Greyhounds do not cause allergies, and can be kept by people who are allergic to other pets. Greyhounds do not sweat & do not have a doggie odor.
- Throughout history, greyhounds have been the treasured pets of nobility.
- Greyhounds do not make good watchdogs. They are bred specifically to be even tempered and good natured. As a result, they love everyone and view every stranger as a new friend.