Often recognised as ‘skinny’ racing dogs, seen walking in the countryside with their flat-cap sporting owners, the likes of Greyhounds, Whippets and Lurchers are becoming an increasingly popular choice of companion across households worldwide. Here are five insights into the fastest dogs from Greyhound, Whippet and Lurcher owners here at Sophie Allport HQ.
1. Regal and generally well-mannered, these dogs are recognised by their sleek build and slim frames. Bred to be sight-hounds, they are amongst the fastest dog breeds in the world - hitting speeds of 45mph! ….don’t drop the lead…
2. Often a surprise to hear, these dogs do not need huge amounts of exercise. Traditionally, sighthounds are natural sprinters in order to catch their prey, therefore once maxed out at their top-speed, they’ll be keen to head back to their favourite spot to snooze. It’s highly likely to be stretched out across the sofa, inconveniently across the doorway or anywhere they’re not supposed to sleep! We would, however, recommend a largePet Bed Mattress if your pooch loves to stretch out.
3. When not running or sleeping, they’ll be eating… anything delicious they can get their teeth into! And no, a pooch with visible ribs isn’t necessarily underfed, they’re likely to eat just as much as any other dog (or in our experience, the other dog's food too!).
4. Almost like a cat, many owners of Speedy Dogs claim that they, in fact, are owned by their dog. Although successful recall is vital to…. well, ever seeing your dog again… any other commands are often acknowledged, yet completely ignored.
5. Despite being aloof and dismissive at times, each and every speedy dog we've met is affectionate and incredibly loving, making them wonderful family members and ideal choice of rescue breed. They love cuddles and will bring many smiles and laughter to the household... especially when laid on their backs, sunbathing or playing dead!
Do you own one of the fastest dogs? Does your greyhound, whippet or lurcher have any interesting quirks or habits? Let us know in the comments below.