Greyhounds are a group of hunting dog breeds used for unarmed hunting for animals. The word “greyhound”, according to Dahl’s dictionary, means: “fast, agile, quick, quick, lively, zealous.” It is easy to guess that the hallmarks of these animals should be high speed, endurance and dexterity. They are characterized by a thin skeleton, long legs, dry muscles, an elongated skull shape. Unlike hounds, greyhounds are more suited for hunting in open areas.
Below are listed the most famous species of these rocks and their characteristics.
Russian greyhound is a large long-haired dog with an elegant proportional physique. Differs in a complaisant, calm disposition. Unpretentious, except for the need for daily physical activity. Tolerates other animals. Subject to the necessary exercise is quite suitable for apartment maintenance.
Afghan hound. As the name implies, Afghanistan is considered its homeland. This is a tall, quite powerful dog with long silky hair. Balanced and devoted to the owner, but at the same time stubborn and difficult to train. Subject to sufficient exercise housing allowance is permissible. Long coat requires daily care.
The Australian Greyhound is a tall dog with an elegant long body and an elongated muzzle. The coat is short, of a very different color. It was bred specifically for hunting kangaroos and rabbits. Aggressive, difficult to train. From this description, it is obvious that the Australian Greyhound is not suitable as a companion and is not recommended for housing conditions.
The Irish Wolfhound is one of the largest dogs in the world. The powerful skeleton and muscular body are combined with the dexterity and grace of this animal. The coat is tough, medium length. Color can be very different: from white to black. Today, the Irish are more companion dogs than hunters. They are distinguished by a complaisant disposition, goodwill. These are balanced, loyal pets, remarkably amenable to training. In order for the coarse coat to look more neat, it must be combed regularly and trimmed.
Italian Greyhound – these small, graceful, slender dogs were bred in Italy. The weight of an adult is 2.5–4.5 kg, average height 38 cm. Short, shiny coat does not have undercoat, fits snugly to the skin. Playful and savvy Italian greyhounds are great companions. They get along well with children, loyal and, as a rule, very dependent on their masters. Poor tolerance of loneliness, stress. Almost do not fade, do not have a specific “dog” smell. Often, contaminated wool is simply wiped with a damp cloth.
Greyhounds. These slender, graceful dogs are real runners. Greyhounds are able to reach speeds of more than 65 km / h and keep this pace for a long time. With high growth (up to 77 cm) they are distinguished by graceful forms and dry muscles. Weight usually does not exceed 25 kg. The coat is short, smooth, without undercoat. The colors are varied. The Greyhounds are excellent hunters and are free from aggression towards humans. Children are neutral. With the owners are kind, affectionate, but unobtrusive. Well suited for apartment maintenance. In leaving are unpretentious.
Dierhound looks very much like an Irish wolfhound. Just like Irish wolfhounds, dirhounds are tall, wire-haired dogs with a beard. The coat color and general proportions are similar. Their always gives out frantic temperament and a passion for hunting. They do not like to carry out the boring commands of the owner, and you can’t let go of a walk with such a naughty giant. However, despite the pronounced hunting qualities, obstinacy and hyperactivity, now it is more of a companion dog than a hunter. They are always young, good-natured and devoted animals. In conditions of good walking, they can be kept in apartment conditions.
Hungarian Greyhound (Magyar-agar) – has an exterior similar to a Greyhound, but differs in a more elongated body and heavy skeleton. This is a large and muscular but elegant dog. Male growth up to 70 cm, weight up to 31 kg. Smooth coat adheres to thick skin. In winter, the undercoat grows. The colors are varied. They can be kept both in the apartment and in the country while ensuring sufficient exercise. Poorly trained, but at the same time loyal and fairly balanced.
Susceptibility to diseases
Health this group of breeds do not occupy. Representatives of all of the above breeds have strong immunity and are relatively rarely ill. If we talk about hereditary predispositions to diseases, it is worth noting dilated cardiomyopathy, expansion and inversion of the stomach, eye diseases (retinal dystrophy and cataract), hypothyroidism. Separately, for the giant – the Irish Wolfhound – one can distinguish the pathologies inherent in large heavy dogs: hip and elbow dysplasia, various types of joint hygroma and arthrosis.