The Greyhound

The Greyhound is an extremely powerful and muscular dog. The breed has a long, slim tail and legs. The chest is narrow and deep, while the waist is extremely slender. The breed also has a long and narrow head, neck and muzzle giving the Greyhound an extremely aerodynamic body. They have large hearts, lungs and muscles required for its famous double suspension gallop and incredible bursts of speed. The ears of a greyhound fold flat against its neck when running, similar to the wings on a departing bird or plane.

The greyhound is one of the most ancient breeds. Their roots can be traced back to different countries on all of the continents. Carvings on some of the tombs in Egypt depict greyhound-like dogs. These carvings date back to 2900 B.C.E.

Greyhounds are built for speed and can reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour, and are one of the fastest breeds on Earth.  Despite their speed, greyhounds are not full of boundless energy. They’re content to spend a lot of time lying around.

Greyhounds actually rely more on their vision than they do on their sense of smell; hence the term "sighthound." Surprisingly though, the greyhound breed does not have great eyesight when it comes to seeing stationary objects. They exhibit incredibly keen eyesight for moving objects but aren't so adept at recognizing objects which stand in place. This is because these ancient canines have been bred for hunting fast-moving animals like hares. Greyhounds are bred to run at top speeds while still being able to visually spot the moving wild game.

During the Middle Ages, greyhounds nearly died out. In 1014 King Canute ruled that only nobles were allowed to have greyhounds. The king considered the dogs more valuable than the serfs, and anyone responsible for killing a greyhound faced execution.
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