A standard-bearer of canine speed and athleticism, the Greyhound is one of the oldest breeds and has a history bathed in aristocracy and culture. Egyptian tomb carvings of Greyhounds dating back to 2900 BC provide evidence of their ancient lineage and importance to man. Once only possessed and bred by royalty, they were used in England to hunt all manner of game including deer, stag, and foxes but hare was their primary quarry. Greyhounds have been a fixture in America since they arrived with Spanish explorers in the 1500s and were some of the first recorded entries in early American dog shows. Like many hounds, they have an independent streak and their training should be dealt with patience and a sense of humor. Daily exercise is required to satisfy their natural need for physical activity but should always be on a leash or in a fenced area as they have a strong urge to run after anything that might catch their sharp eyes. Despite their athletic proclivities, they make docile and affectionate family pets and enjoy the company of other dogs.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health, and care requirements. They also work to assure that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed become members of the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission. The nation’s top breed experts are members of the parent club.
The national parent breed club is the first and best place to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.