United Kennel Club





Greyhound




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

CLASSIFICATION

: Sighthound/Pariah

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

: The Greyhound is considered to be the oldest pure breed in existence. Various theories estimate it to be as much as 7,000 years old, but it is generally accepted to be about 4,000 years old. As far back as pre-Christian times, the Greyhound had become a world traveler, having been taken to Europe, including England, throughout Greece and to the Orient. The breed has been used for coursing since the beginning of recorded history, and has retained its form and ability to the present day. The Greyhound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1914.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: The Greyhound is an athlete; powerful, balanced and elegant, with a long head and neck, clean shoulders, deep chest, arched loin and sound legs and feet. The breed possesses remarkable speed, agility and stamina.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: Intelligent, affectionate, gentle and even tempered.

HEAD

: The head is long and moderately wide.

CRANIAL REGION

:

Skull

: The skull is flat, and there is a slight stop.

FACIAL REGION

:

Muzzle

: Long and powerful with well chiseled jaws.

Jaws/Teeth

: A full complement of strong, white, teeth meet in an even bite.

Eyes

: The eyes are oval shaped and dark in color. The expression is bright and intelligent.

Ears

: The small, rose-shaped ears are fine in texture. When the dog is at rest they are thrown back and folded. When the dog is excited, they are semi-pricked.

NECK

: Long, muscular and well arched, blending cleanly into the shoulders.

BODY

: The chest is deep and capacious, providing plenty of heart room. The ribs are deep, moderately well sprung, and carried well back. The back is broad and muscular. The loin is powerful and moderately arched, with good depth of muscle. The flank is well cut up.

TAIL

: Set on rather low, the long tail tapers toward the end and is carried low, with a slight curve.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

: The shoulder blades are long, wide, well laid back and well separated at the tips. They are muscular without being loaded. Shoulder blade and upper arm are equal in length.

FORELEGS

: The forelegs are long and straight. The elbows are free and set well under the shoulders. The pasterns are of moderate length and slightly sloping.

FEET

: The feet are of moderate length, with compact, well knuckled toes and strong pads.

HINDQUARTERS

: The hindquarters are wide, long, muscular and powerful.

HIND LEGS

: The upper and lower thighs are wide and muscular. Upper and lower thighs are equal in length, and 20% longer than the shoulder blade. The stifles are well bent and the hocks are well let down and turn neither in nor out.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: Efficient, long reaching and low, with a minimum of wasted motion, and converging towards a single track.

COAT

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HAIR

: Fine and close.

COLOUR

: Immaterial.

SIZE

: Males 27 to 29”, 65 to 75 pounds Females 26 to 28”, 60 to 70 pounds

FAULTS

: Muzzle: Coarse muzzle.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

:
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.
Color: Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.