Greyhound Trivia

  • Greyhounds are the only canine mentioned in the Bible by name:
    "There are three things which are majestic in pace,
    Yes, four which are stately in walk:
    A lion, which is mighty among beasts
    And does not turn away from any;
    A greyhound,
    A male goat also,
    And a king whose troops are with him."

    --(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.

  • 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.

  • John Barrymore, the famous actor, always kept his house full of greyhounds as pets.

  • Bo Derek, the actress best known from the movies "10" and "Tarzan" owns several retired racing greyhounds, and is a great advocate of our program promoting these dogs as pets.

  • 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!

  • Many people who are allergic to dogs are NOT allergic to greyhounds, due to their short, sleek coat and skin type.

  • Greyhounds resist acquiring that "doggy" smell. They can actually go for weeks without a bath and still be sweet-smelling. Part of the reason for this is their relatively low body fat.

  • Greyhounds are not guard dogs. Being bred specifically to be even-tempered and good natured, they are inherently well socialized. For this reason they LOVE everyone.

  • A retired racing greyhound will return the love and affection you give him by 110%. Few things in life are quite as satisfying as adopting one of these lovely greyhounds and being rewarded with never-ending love!

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