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This sight hound is the fastest breed of dog, pursuing small game with both its keen vision and incredible speed. The Greyhound is also one of the most ancient breed of dog. Its earliest ancestors can be seen depicted in Egyptian tomb carvings dating back to 2900 B.C.
Today, Greyhounds are not often used for hunting but can be seen using their natural speed on the race track. Modern Greyhound racing was introduced to the United States in 1920, and both professional and amateur racing still occurs, though it seems to be declining in recent years.
Retired racers are commonly adopted through numerous rescue organizations, and they make excellent pets. Think you’ll need to install a track in your backyard? Think again! Retired racers are actually quite happy to be the fastest couch potato in town and seem satisfied with leaving their running careers behind them. Care should be taken to keep them on leash when out and about, as their prey drive is strong and they may take off after the neighborhood squirrel (or cat!).
Although this speedster possesses unparalleled athleticism, Greyhounds are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Greyhounds are prone to include blood disorders such as familial vasculopathy and hemophilia A (factor VII deficiency); problems with their connective tissues such as cutaneous asthenia; bone tumors such as osteosarcoma; skin conditions such as pattern baldness; and eye issues such as pannus.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Greyhound needs to outrun any health problems, you’re covered.