Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

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

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.

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.

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.

HEAD

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FCI
Long, moderate width.
KC
Long, moderate width, flat skull, slight stop. Jaws powerful and well chiselled.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Flat.

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.

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.

Eyes

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FCI
Bright, intelligent, oval and obliquely set. Preferably dark.
KC
Bright, intelligent, oval and obliquely set. Preferably dark.

Ears

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FCI
Small, rose-shape, of fine texture.
KC
Small, rose-shape, of fine texture.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Fine and close.
KC
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.

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height: dogs: 71-76 cms (28-30 ins); bitches: 69-71 cms (27-28 ins).

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.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

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


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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