Greyhounds are the essence of the dog breeder’s credo “Form follows function.” From the narrow, aerodynamic skull to the shock-absorbing pads of the feet, Greyhounds are perfectly constructed for high-speed pursuit. The lean beauty of the Greyhound “inverted S” shape, created by the deep chest curving gently into a tightly tucked waist, has been an object of fascination for artists, poets, and kings for as long as human beings have called themselves civilized. Greyhounds are the template from which other coursing hounds have been struck.

  • Personality: Independent, gentle, noble, and oh so sweet, but intense when on the run
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Greyhounds need regular time to sprint, but otherwise they’re mellow housedogs
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 28-30 inches (male), 27-28 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-70 pounds (male), 60-65 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-13 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

meet theGreyhound

Did you know?

The Greyhound is the fastest breed of dog.

Learn More

at aGlance

theBreed Standard

Embed the breed standard on your site.

Download the complete breed standard or club flier PDFs.

  • Head

    Long and narrow, fairly wide between the ears, scarcely perceptible stop, little or no development of nasal sinuses, good length of muzzle, which should be powerful without coarseness. Teeth very strong and even in front. Ears are mall and fine in texture, thrown back and folded, except when excited, when they are semi-pricked. Eyes are dark, bright, intelligent, indicating spirit.

  • Body

    Neck: Long, muscular, without throatiness, slightly arched, and widening gradually into the shoulder. Shoulders: Placed as obliquely as possible, muscular without being loaded. Chest: Deep, and as wide as consistent with speed, fairly well-sprung ribs. Back: Muscular and broad. Loins: Good depth of muscle, well arched, well cut up in the flanks.
    Tail: Long, fine and tapering with a slight upward curve

  • Forequarters

    Perfectly straight, set well into the shoulders, neither turned in nor out, pasterns strong.

  • Coat

    Short, smooth and firm in texture.

  • Hindquarters

    Long, very muscular and powerful, wide and well let down, well-bent stifles. Hocks well bent and rather close to ground, wide but straight fore and aft.





get involved inClubs & Events

Breed Club

theGreyhound Club of America

Local Clubs

Find the Local Clubs in your area.


Explore and see all of the local Greyhounds in your area.

watch a video of theGreyhound

exploreOther Breeds