By Nan Talleno

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Greyhounds are the fastest breed of dog in existence; they can reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour over a short distance. But they are sprinters – and can run in short spurts and not long distances.

Greyhounds benefit from Martingale collars instead of a buckle collar as their necks are long and thick and, unlike other breeds of dogs, the buckle collar can slip off too quickly.

They have lower than average body fat and get cold very quickly. A good rule of thumb for all Greyhounds especially – but also for all dogs with short haired coats – if it is cold enough for you to wear a coat, place one on your dog.

It’s important to know that not all but many greyhounds, such as my boy, are unable to sit. They stand or lie down naturally. Some can manage but for most, it is physically impossible or at the very least extremely uncomfortable to sit. In most cases their legs are too long and muscular and the muscles can get extremely uncomfortable. So it’s extremely important to not force them into a sit; for a training task, a simple standing
‘stay’ serves well.

Greyhounds are affectionately known as couch potatoes because, although bred for speed, once rescued, they deservedly love to lounge and make loving, wonderful companions. They are mild, sweet-natured and affectionate. I know firsthand as I adopted one.

For information on adopting a Greyhound visit NGAP.org or GreyhoundAngelsAdoption.com.

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