Frequently Asked Questions
Given their past lives,
how long do they take to bond with people?
Do they housebreak
good with other pets?
Why do greyhounds
have to remain on a leash?
require a lot of exercise?
A History of the Racing Greyhound
The greyhound is as ancient as the desert from which he sprung. For thousands of years they were the dog of choice for kings, queens, pharaohs and sheiks. In early Arabian culture, the birth of a Greyhound was cause for great celebrations. They were also the only dog mentioned in the King James Version of the Bible (Proverbs 30:29-31). To be presented with a Greyhound was considered the most prized gift one could receive.
It was believed that the Greyhound was permitted in the next world to give information and evidence about mankind. It was the Egyptians who first raced Greyhounds for sport in open fields with a wild hare as quarry and no rules of the game except speed. Greyhounds were considered to possess divine powers. The destruction of a Greyhound was an extremely serious crime.
In the 15th century, commoners were beheaded if caught with a Greyhound in their possession - so that the sport of coursing (racing) could remain an elite activity shared only by royalty.
In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth established the beginning of formalized dog racing, dubbed the "Sport of Queens". The first track to open in the United States was in California in 1920.
These fleet-footed hounds are sight hounds, they can spot a moving object up to a half mile away. Their sprinting ability enables them to expend an enormous amount of energy in a short period of time. They run at their fastest between 40-45 miles per hour. Their ability to blend speed, coordination and strategy have made them great hunters as well as racers. Like our forests, lakes and oceans, Greyhounds are one of our valued natural treasures.