Greyhound

Greyhound

Fast, Sensitive, Loving

A hunting and racing kind of a dog breed, Greyhounds are loving and cuddly family dogs.

Greyhound

Health

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 28 – 30 inches

Weight

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  • 60 – 90 lbs

Lifetime

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  • 10 – 14 years

Health Risk

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Twisted Gut or Gastric-Dilatation-Volvulus

What is it?:

Because of their big stomachs and deep chests, Greyhounds are usually prone to gastric and bloating problems which is referred as ‘Twisted Gut’ by the breeders. It is also called as gastric-dilatation-volvulus or GDV. Here, air gets filled in the stomach which prevents the blood from the stomach to return to the heart

% of dogs affected

5-6%

Clinical signs

  • Swollen abdomen
  • Reverse movement of the stomach or the esophagus
  • Painful and loud whining
  • Abnormal drooling or salivation
  • Restlessness
  • Pain if pressed at the abdomen

Treatment

Treatment may include surgery

Average Vet Bill

$3500

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $3150

80% = $2800

70% = $2450

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Esophageal Achalasia

What is it?:

The term ‘achalasia’ refers to the emptying of the esophagus which is the cardinal feature of this disorder. This can lead to inability to swallow foods or liquids.

% of dogs affected

10-12%

Clinical signs

  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in the chest when pressed or held
  • Refusing to swallow

Treatment

A laparoscopic Heller myotomy may be the appropriate primary treatment of patients with achalasia.


Personality

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Fast

These tall dogs with strong legs are often referred to as the Ferrari’s of the dog world as they can attain a high speed of 70 km/hr

Sensitive

The hounds are very weather sensitive and cannot survive properly in very cold weathers

Affectionate

They are a very loving breed and a great family dog. Good with kids as well as older or differently abled people

Lifetime Care

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Coat

Greyhounds carry a single, short coat with loose hair which has a little tendency of shedding

Colors

Despite the name the breed is actually seen in 30 different shades including white, brindle, fawn, black, red, and blue

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

Because of their slightly shedding nature, they require a daily brush with a soft bristly brush. Apart from that regular dental, ear and teeth cleaning sessions would be recommended.

Training

Even a first time dog owner can easily train a Greyhound given their intelligence to quickly pick up basic commands. Although, they can be reluctant at times.

The Greyhound breed can be dated as back as 4000 years ago where its remains were found in modern day Syria. So, all modern Greyhounds are the offspring of the sighthounds which were primarily used for hunting, coursing and racing. Surprisingly, the Greyhounds also find a mention in the Bible in a few versions. Apparently the word ‘Greyhound’ does not actually mean a grey hunting dog but ‘a fair dog.’

Affenpinscher Dog: Introduction to the Breed

The breed makes excellent family dogs due to their love and affection side. However, it is always better to do know as much as possible about a breed before bringing them home.

Affenpinscher Dogs are generally:

  • Gentle and quiet
  • Non-aggressive
  • Laid back
  • Fast. Real fast.
  • Playful and cuddly

Greyhounds are best suited for –

  • First time dog owners
  • City apartment type setting household
  • People actually involved with dog racing
  • Families with kids and other pets (Not small pets like rabbits or hamsters)

Health Risks for a Affenpinscher Puppy

Apart from the above-mentioned common health problems, these racing dogs are also prone to some other health related issues which can give the owner a hard time to their time, head and even wallet.

  • Greyhounds are very sensitive to insecticides. It is advised to use only vet recommended fleas and ticks controllers
  • About 26% of these dogs are susceptible to delayed hemorrhage, a condition where the blood escaping from the circulatory system from damaged blood vessels.
  • They do not have any undercoats and hence are lacking body fat which can cover them up in cold weathers.

Things to watch-out before deciding to own a Affenpinscher

There are a few cautions that you need to know before deciding to adopt a Greyhound puppy

  • They might be the fastest dog breeds out there but on the other side they are big couch potatoes. This is where they get the name ‘40mph couch potato’
  • They are not suitable for houses with smaller pets like rabbits or hamsters as these hounds have big chasing instincts
  • If you are looking for a very very active dog, then the Greyhound might not be for you as they will happily sleep all day on your couch
  • They don’t make good watch dogs. They can be intimidating because of their size but are not very aggressive towards people
  • One of the most problematic behaviors in these dogs are fear, anxiety and uncertainty of unfamiliar environments
  • Not very great at training given their lazy nature at times, greyhounds will often find ways to escape training classes (Just like we did when we were kids)

Conclusion

If you’re going to get a Greyhound home, you’ll be bringing an irony home in the form of the fastest-lazy dog. But on the other hand, it will be perfect for the family with its gentle, loving and affectionate behavior.

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