With their sleek builds and blistering speeds, greyhounds have captured the imaginations of people all over the world. This fascinating breed has a history that traces back to ancient times. People throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe used these noble dogs for hunting game, and some leaders even brought their greyhounds to battle with them. Despite this storied history, greyhounds fell out of popularity except for the sport of greyhound racing. However, as more and more retired racers started needing homes, people began to realize what wonderful pets greyhounds can be.


1. The 40-MPH Couch Potato

Greyhounds are the fastest dogs in the world and can reach speeds of over 40 miles per hour on the racetrack. Despite this, however, their exercise needs are fairly minor. Most greyhounds like to spend most of their time sleeping on the couch or their favorite dog beds. Like any breed, they still do need daily walks and enjoy getting to stretch their legs and run occasionally, but they are great for people who can't spend hours every day exercising their dogs.

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