Greyhounds are the oldest purebred dog, dating to the time of the Pharaohs. The first records of greyhound type dogs appear about 8,000 years ago.
In ancient Egypt, greyhounds were revered as gods, and only royalty were allowed to own them.
The origin of the name “greyhound” is lost in antiquity, but it almost certainly does not refer to the color of the dog. Grey colored greyhounds are rare, and are not referred to as grey, but as “blue”.
Greyhounds may be super speedy on the track but did you know that they're also affectionately known as 40mph couch potatoes? They love to laze about (a comfy couch is a favourite spot) and make great pets for families of all ages.
They also love other dogs and cats and need very little exercising.
There are about 30 recognised colour forms to be found in Greyhounds. These can appear uniquely (such as all fawn or all black in colour) or in combination (like brindle).
Greyhounds are the most regulated of all canine breeds in Ireland. They're the only breed with their own legislation - the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011.
A Greyhound can reach full speed of 43mph within six strides of leaving traps - that's faster than Usain Bolt's top speed of 27mph!
The greyhound is the only breed of dog mentioned by name in the Bible. King James Version, Proverbs, 30:29-31.
Greyhounds became the first European dog in the New World when they accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second expedition, which set sail from Spain in September 1493.