10 things you didn't know about Greyhounds


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05 October 2015

1 Greyhounds are the second fastest animal and the fastest dog breed; they can reach speeds of up to 45mph over a short distance.

2 A Greyhound can reach speeds of 45km/h in three strides and full speed of 70km/h within 30 metres, or six strides. Racing Greyhounds are bred for their speed and fitness and are therefore not susceptible to congenital defects or temperament problems that plague other breeds.

3 The structure of a Greyhound's short and almost odourless coat, which doesn't moult, means they can be suitable pets for people who are allergic to dogs.

4 The Greyhound is the only breed of dog mentioned in the Bible: Proverbs 30, verses 29-31.

5 Greyhounds have exceptional eyesight and can see clearly for about half a mile.

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6 Although Greyhounds are bred and built for speed, they are known as '40mph couch potatoes'.

7 They are being used as therapy dogs all over the world because of their gentle nature, including some success helping autistic children.

8 Greyhounds have been prized and revered throughout history. Until around 1700, owning a Greyhound was the exclusive right of the nobility.

9 A Greyhound produces around 100,000 watts of waste heat energy during a 30 second race. That's enough to bring half a litre of tap water to the boil in less than two minutes.

10 Greyhounds are prone to short bursts of energy followed by long naps. In fact, they often like to sleep most of the day away. A couple of short walks a day should meet their needs - unless it's raining, in which case they will be happy to take the day off!

For further information on the Retired Greyhound Trust visit www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk

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