The Greyhound is a gentle and intelligent breed whose combination of long, powerful legs, deep chest, flexible spine and slim build allows it to reach average race speeds in excess of 40 mph. The Greyhound can reach a full speed of 43 mph within six strides (about 33 yards) from the boxes, traveling at almost 45 mph for the first 270 yards of a race. There are few mammals that can accelerate faster over a short distance, such as the cheetah, which can reach speeds of 68 mph over 3-4 strides from a standing start and pronghorn with an alleged top speed of 58 mph.
If you are one of the new generation of people considering a Greyhound as your family dog, we at Team Greyhound highly recommend a couple of reads:
- Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies – by Lee Livingood
- Adopting the Racing Greyhound – by Cynthia A. Branigan
Both are available on Amazon for Kindle and used if you don’t mind perhaps a couple of page folds. The books duplicate some information but individually have unique and useful material.
The more you learn about Greyhounds the more intrigued you shall become. They are an amazing breed and quite ideal as pets.