Fédération Cynologique Internationale

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United Kennel Club

Greyhound

Greyhound

Greyhound


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
13.10.2010.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Sighthound.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 10Sighthounds
Section 3Short-haired Sighthounds
Without working trial

KC
Hound
UKC
Sighthound/Pariah

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The experts, although not unanimous, consider that the Greyhound could have had its origins in the Middle East. Drawings of Greyhound-type dogs have been found on walls in Ancient Egyptian tombs, dating as far back as 4000 BC. Though dogs of the type spread through Europe over the years, it was in Britain that they were developed to a standard. The prototype of the so-called sighthounds, or gazehounds, the Greyhound is well known to many people. The coursing hound, which hunts the live hare, is what the racing Greyhound were developed from, only the cheetah tops the Greyhound for speed. One racing Greyhound was clocked at over 45 mph.
UKC
The Greyhound is considered to be the oldest pure breed in existence. Various theories estimate it to be as much as 7,000 years old, but it is generally accepted to be about 4,000 years old. As far back as pre-Christian times, the Greyhound had become a world traveler, having been taken to Europe, including England, throughout Greece and to the Orient. The breed has been used for coursing since the beginning of recorded history, and has retained its form and ability to the present day. The Greyhound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1914.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Strongly built, upstanding, of generous proportions, muscular power and symmetrical formation, with long head and neck, clean well laid shoulders, deep chest, capacious body, slightly arched loin, powerful quarters, sound legs and feet, and a suppleness of limb, which emphasise in a marked degree its distinctive type and quality.
KC
Strongly built, upstanding, of generous proportions, muscular power and symmetrical formation, with long head and neck, clean well laid shoulders, deep chest, capacious body, slightly arched loin, powerful quarters, sound legs and feet, and a suppleness of limb, which emphasise in a marked degree its distinctive type and quality.
UKC
The Greyhound is an athlete; powerful, balanced and elegant, with a long head and neck, clean shoulders, deep chest, arched loin and sound legs and feet. The breed possesses remarkable speed, agility and stamina.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Possessing remarkable stamina and endurance.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Possessing remarkable stamina and endurance. Intelligent, gentle, affectionate and even tempered.
KC
Intelligent, gentle, affectionate and even-tempered.
UKC
Intelligent, affectionate, gentle and even tempered.

HEAD

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FCI
Long, moderate width.
KC
Long, moderate width, flat skull, slight stop. Jaws powerful and well chiselled.
UKC
The head is long and moderately wide.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Flat.
UKC
The skull is flat, and there is a slight stop.

Stop

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FCI
Slight.

FACIAL REGION

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Muzzle

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FCI
Jaws powerful and well chiselled.
KC
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
Long and powerful with well chiseled jaws.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white, teeth meet in an even bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Bright, intelligent, oval and obliquely set. Preferably dark.
KC
Bright, intelligent, oval and obliquely set. Preferably dark.
UKC
The eyes are oval shaped and dark in color. The expression is bright and intelligent.

Ears

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FCI
Small, rose-shape, of fine texture.
KC
Small, rose-shape, of fine texture.
UKC
The small, rose-shaped ears are fine in texture. When the dog is at rest they are thrown back and folded. When the dog is excited, they are semi-pricked.

NECK

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FCI
Long and muscular, elegantly arched, well let into shoulders.
KC
Long and muscular, elegantly arched, well let into shoulders.
UKC
Long, muscular and well arched, blending cleanly into the shoulders.

BODY

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KC
Chest deep and capacious, providing adequate heart room. Ribs deep, well sprung and carried well back. Flanks well cut up. Back rather long, broad and square. Loins powerful, slightly arched.
UKC
The chest is deep and capacious, providing plenty of heart room. The ribs are deep, moderately well sprung, and carried well back. The back is broad and muscular. The loin is powerful and moderately arched, with good depth of muscle. The flank is well cut up.

Back

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FCI
Rather long, broad and square.

Loin

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FCI
Powerful, slightly arched.

Chest

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FCI
Deep and capacious, providing adequate heart room. Ribs deep, well sprung and carried well back.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Flanks well cut up.

TAIL

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FCI
Long, set on rather low, strong at root, tapering to point, carried low, slightly curved.
KC
Long, set on rather low, strong at root, tapering to point, carried low, slightly curved.
UKC
Set on rather low, the long tail tapers toward the end and is carried low, with a slight curve.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Elbows, pasterns and toes inclining neither in nor out.
KC
Shoulders oblique, well set back, muscular without being loaded, narrow and cleanly defined at top. Forelegs, long and straight, bone of good substance and quality. Elbows free and well set under shoulders. Pasterns of moderate length, slightly sprung. Elbows, pasterns and toes inclining neither in nor out.
UKC
The shoulder blades are long, wide, well laid back and well separated at the tips. They are muscular without being loaded. Shoulder blade and upper arm are equal in length.

Shoulder

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FCI
Oblique, well set back, muscular without being loaded, narrow and cleanly defined at top.

Elbow

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FCI
Free and well set under shoulders.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The forelegs are long and straight. The elbows are free and set well under the shoulders. The pasterns are of moderate length and slightly sloping.

Forearm

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FCI
Forelegs long and straight, bone of good substance and quality.

Pastern

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FCI
Moderate length, slightly sprung.

FEET

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KC
Moderate length, with compact, well knuckled toes and strong pads.
UKC
The feet are of moderate length, with compact, well knuckled toes and strong pads.

Forefeet

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FCI
Moderate length, with compact, well knuckled toes and strong pads.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Body and hindquarters, features of ample proportions and well coupled, enabling adequate ground to be covered when standing.
KC
Thighs and second thighs wide and muscular, showing great propelling power. Stifles well bent. Hocks well let down, inclining neither in nor out. Body and hindquarters, features of ample proportions and well coupled, enabling adequate ground to be covered when standing.
UKC
The hindquarters are wide, long, muscular and powerful.

Thigh

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FCI
Thigh and lower thigh: Wide and muscular, showing great propelling power.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The upper and lower thighs are wide and muscular. Upper and lower thighs are equal in length, and 20% longer than the shoulder blade. The stifles are well bent and the hocks are well let down and turn neither in nor out.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Hocks well let down, inclining neither in nor out.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Straight, low reaching, free stride enabling the ground to be covered at great speed. Hindlegs coming well under body giving great propulsion.
KC
Straight, low reaching, free stride enabling the ground to be covered at great speed. Hindlegs coming well under body giving great propulsion.
UKC
Efficient, long reaching and low, with a minimum of wasted motion, and converging towards a single track.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Fine and close.
KC
Fine and close.
UKC
Fine and close.

COLOUR

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FCI
Black, white, red, blue, fawn, fallow, brindle or any of these colours broken with white.
KC
Black, white, red, blue, fawn, fallow, brindle or any of these colours broken with white.
UKC
Immaterial.

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height: dogs: 71-76 cms (28-30 ins); bitches: 69-71 cms (27-28 ins).
UKC
Males 27 to 29”, 65 to 75 pounds Females 26 to 28”, 60 to 70 pounds

Height at withers

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FCI

Males 71 – 76 cms.
Females 68 – 71 cms.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC
Muzzle: Coarse muzzle.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.
Color: Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.