Interesting Greyhound Facts
Greyhounds are the only canine mentioned in the Bible by name:
"There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going:
A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;
A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up."
--(Proverbs 30:29-31, New King James)
Greyhounds are the oldest purebred dog, dating back to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Paintings inside the tombs of the Great Pyramids depicted greyhounds. The first records of greyhound type dogs appear about 8,000 years ago. In ancient Egypt, greyhounds were revered as gods, and only royalty were allowed to own them.
All sight hounds that we know today (dogs that hunt by sight rather than scent) descended from the ancient greyhound.
A law passed during the reign of King Canute stated "No mean person may keep any greyhounds." The law also stated that the destruction of a greyhound should carry the same capital punishment as the murder of a man.
In England at one time, it was forbidden for “commoners” to even own a greyhound.
General Custer had 14 greyhounds, which he coursed the night before the Battle of Little Big Horn.
President Abraham Lincoln had a greyhound on his family coat-of-arms.
In 1804, Australia issued a proclamation ordering the destruction of all dogs EXCEPT greyhounds and sheepdogs.
Greyhounds appear in both Greek and Roman mythology. The mythical Greek Goddess Diana is usually pictured with a greyhound at her side.
There is an Irish greyhound named Master McGrath, who has been memorialized in poetry and song for his winning the English Waterloo Cup race.
Hunter Hayes, country music star, has been adopted by a retired racer named Cole. Cole even travels on the tour bus with the band. JK Rowling, Harry Potter author, also owns a retired racer named Sapphire.
Trent Reznor, the front man for the group Nine Inch Nails, owns several retired racing greyhounds, and is a great advocate of programs promoting these dogs as pets.
A greyhound is a featured character on the Simpsons. Santa's Little Helper was rescued by Homer and Bart after he was abandoned at a race track. He was introduced in the 1989 Christmas special, and has been a main character on the show with several episodes centered on him.
For many, many years the American make of car the Lincoln had a greyhound as its hood ornament.
Greyhounds are the fastest breed of dog, reaching speeds exceeding 40 miles per hour!
Greyhounds can see CLEARLY for a distance of a half-mile! Their total field of vision is 270 degrees. This is 90 degrees greater than that of humans whose visual field is about 180 degrees.
Greyhounds became the first European dog in the New World when they accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second expedition, which set sail from Spain in September 1493.
In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus' loyal dog Argus is a greyhound.
Greyhounds are mentioned or featured in 11 of Shakespeare's plays.
Greyhounds have a double suspension gallop (they run like a cheetah, not like a horse).
When running, greyhounds spend 80% of their time in the air. It is as close to "flight" as a land animal can get.
During a 30-sec race 100,000 watts of waste heat energy is produced, enough to bring 2 1/2 cups of tap water to boil in 2 minutes.
Caution - greyhounds can be highly addictive. Most commonly, once a greyhound owner, always a greyhound owner. Sometimes one greyhound pet expands to several at the same time.