VCA Almaden Valley Animal Hospital



Basic Greyhound Information

  • Lifespan: 10 - 13 years
  • Height: 26 - 29 inches
  • Weight: 60 - 70 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Greyhounds

Greyhound Traits

  • Joggin Partner
  • Lap Dog
  • Good with Children
  • Warm Weather
  • Cold Weather
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Barking
  • Ease of Training

Greyhound History

  • Greyhound-like dogs have been depicted in hunting scenes since the days of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks.
  • By Saxon times, the greyhound was well established in Britain.
  • In 1014 the Forest Laws prohibited anyone but nobility from keeping greyhounds near royal forests unless they had been lamed so they couldn't hunt. The Forest Laws helped establish greyhounds as dogs of the nobility, who were more interested in using greyhounds for sport rather than for catching dinner.
  • During the 1800s, coursing stag and hare with greyhounds became a favored sport of the upper class.
  • By the 1800s, greyhounds were brought to America, where they were used to course game in the Midwestern plains.
  • Hare coursing became a spectator sport by holding coursing contests in enclosed parks.
  • In 1926, greyhound racing using a mechanical lure was introduced. This began the selection of greyhounds for short bursts of speed, soon establishing them as the fastest breed of dog.
  • Today, greyhounds in America are of two divergent types: the more well-known racing, or NGA (National Greyhound Association) greyhound and the less popular AKC greyhound. Retired NGA racing greyhounds make up most of the pet greyhound population.

Greyhound Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a loyal and gentle companion.
  • Can be clownish at times, but its independent nature may make play frustrating for children. It is not a retriever at heart.
  • It is not very good at coming when called, and may tend to run off to chase things, particularly small fast animals.
  • If raised with cats, can be good with house cats. Retired racers may or may not be good with cats.
  • Good with other dogs and with children.
  • Learns quickly, but is easily bored.
  • Does best with reward-based training involving food.

Greyhound Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a very quiet housedog as long as its exercise needs are met.
  • Requires a moderate walk or jog, or a sprint in an enclosed area, every day.
  • Most greyhounds should not be let off leash unless the area is securely fenced.
  • A few games and tricks provide needed mental exercise.
  • Its short hair provides little protection against cold weather. A coatmay bebeneficialin cold weather.

Greyhound Grooming

  • Coat is short and thin. Some NGA greyhounds have a slightly thicker coat.
  • The coat needs weekly brushing and occasional bathing.
  • Shedding is below average.

Suggested Greyhound Nutritional Needs

  • Greyhound conformation is for a naturally lean build, but owners often overfeed them. You should be able to feel the ribs, but they should not be too noticeable.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.

Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.

VCA Almaden Valley: (408) 268-3550


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(408) 578-5622

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