How Many Teeth Do Dogs Have?

Pet parents may wonder about their dog’s normal anatomy, physiology, and function. This may include questions about their teeth if they get baby teeth, when they may lose them, and about their adult teeth. A particular interest “how many teeth do dogs have” is a common question.

First, what are teeth? Teeth are hard calcified tissue (dentine) covered by enamel that develops inside the mouth and are anchored to the upper and lower jaw bones. The upper jaw bone is called the maxilla and the lower jaw bone is the mandible. There is a row of teeth on each the upper and lower jaw bones.

Each tooth consists of a crown and root (or roots). The crown is the part that can be seen in the mouth and the root or roots are located under the gum line and are covered with gums and bone (figure 1). Learn more about the structure and function of the teeth, gums, and tongue.

how many teeth do dogs have

Figure 1. Plastic model of a dogs mouth. The crown of the tooth is the part that can be seen in the mouth below the gums and the roots, or in some cases roots, is located under the gum line.

The function of dog teeth is to acquire food and to break it down into small pieces once it enters the mouth. The different type of teeth (figure 2) provide different functions. For example, the sharp fang teeth (the canine teeth) allow a dog to tear food. The front teeth (the incisors) generally bite food, and the rear teeth (premolars and molars) help grind, break down or mash the food.

how many teeth do dogs have

Figure 2. Plastic model of a dogs mouth indicating the location of the incisors, canines, premolars, and molars.

Dog Tooth Development

Dogs are born without teeth. At approximately 21 to 30 days of age, puppies will begin to get their baby teeth, also known as the deciduous or temporary teeth. When these teeth begin to break through the gums, it is referred to as the teeth erupting or teething phase. This can be painful or uncomfortable. The exact age may differ amongst breeds and can even vary within puppies of the same litter. Learn more about this and when the individual teeth come in this article: Do Dogs Have Baby Teeth.

Just like with people, eventually, the baby teeth fall out and are replaced with the permanent teeth. Dogs’ exact dentition may vary with the breed and even differ between dogs within the breed. Most dogs will end up with 42 adult or permanent teeth.

How Many Teeth Do Dogs Have?

Dogs will develop teeth in the front, sides, and back of the mouth. The types of teeth include:

Incisors – The teeth that develop in the front are called the incisors. There are 6 incisors on the upper and lower jaw.
Canines – Just behind the incisor teeth are the canine teeth. These are the sharp “fang” teeth. There is one canine tooth on each side of the set of incisors. There are two upper canines and two lower canine teeth.
Premolars – The premolar teeth sit behind the canine teeth and generally consist of 4 teeth on each side.
Molars – The last set of teeth in the mouth are the molars. They sit just behind the premolars and generally consist of 2 teeth on the upper jaw and 3 teeth on each side on the lower jaw.

how many teeth do dogs have

Figure 3. Dental exam label commonly used in veterinary practices. The Upper is for the upper jaw and lower for the lower jaw. R = right, LL = left. I = incisions, C = canine, P = premolars, M = molars.

Do Dogs Have Wisdom Teeth?

Humans have wisdom teeth, but dogs do not have wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molar teeth that come in sometime between the ages of 17 and 22. They can aid chewing, however if there isn’t enough space in the mouth or if they are in the wrong position, they can become impacted.

When Do Dogs Get their Permanent (Adult) Teeth?

The eruption of the permanent teeth in dogs is as follows:

Incisors

  • Central: 2-5 months
  • Intermediate: 2-5 months
  • Corner: 4-5 months

Canine

  • 5 months

Premolars

  • First: 4-5 months
  • Second: 6 months
  • Third: 6 months
  • Fourth: 4-5 months

Molars

  • First: 5-6 months
  • Second: 6-7 months
  • Third: 6-7 months

3 Common Diseases of the Teeth in Dogs

There are a number of diseases that affect the teeth of dogs with the most common being the following:

  • Tooth root abscesses – A tooth root abscess is an infection that occurs around the tooth root. They most commonly develop in the upper fourth premolar. A classic sign on physical examination is an accumulation of pus around the root of the tooth. Tooth root abscesses can create a draining tract beneath the eye or on the cheek that can break open and drain. A common presentation of a tooth root abscess is a painful facial swelling that develops on the check and breaks open draining pus. Learn more about Tooth Root Abscess in Dogs.
  • Gingivitis – Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum surrounding the tooth. Learn more about Gingivitis in Dogs.
  • Periodontal disease – This is an inflammation of the tooth’s support structures, including the associated gum ligament and bone. Learn more about Periodontal Disease in Dogs.

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Tooth Root Abscesses in Dogs

Tooth root abscesses are infections that occur around the tooth root. They most commonly develop in the upper fourth premolar tooth, also known as the carnassial tooth. Once the infection develops around the root and between the skull bone, it is difficult for the body to fight infection in this location. As the infection builds, it often creates a draining tract through the skin on the cheek or below the eye. The skin is the weakest on this portion of the body in this area.

A classic sign of a tooth root abscess on physical examination is a swelling or draining wound beneath the eye that can break open and drain. The swelling can often be the size of a golf ball. When left alone, the opening can sometimes close and reopen as the pocket of infection reaccumulates.

Tooth root abscesses can occur in dogs of any age or sex. Most dogs improve in 48 to 72 hours with appropriate early treatment of the condition.

What to Watch For

  • Signs of tooth root abscessation usually occur suddenly and include:
  • Swelling of tissues below the eye or on the cheek
  • Pain upon opening the mouth
  • Not eating (due to pain) or reluctance to chew hard food
  • Crying when chewing
  • Lymph node enlargement
  • Lethargy
  • Fever

Diagnosis of Tooth Root Abscesses in Dogs

A thorough exam is performed including the evaluation of the face including the eyes, nose, and mouth. Attempts may be made to examine the mouth, but this may be too painful for your pet and may have to be performed under sedation. Often, a physical examination is all that is needed to diagnose tooth root abscessation. In some cases, additional diagnostics may be required and may include:

  • Complete blood count
  • Biochemical profile
  • Urinalysis
  • X-rays of the mouth and teeth

Treatment of Tooth Root Abscesses in Dogs

Treatment is aimed at eliminating the infection and treating the underlying dental problem. In mild cases, antibiotics and pain medications are usually started both orally, however definitive treatment includes a dental cleaning and care of the infected tooth which may include extraction or endodontic treatment (total pulpectomy and root canal filling). Endodontic treatment is generally treated in multiple appointments. Most dogs respond to treatment and improve in 48 to 72 hours.

If the signs are severe or worsen, dental cleaning and care may be treated as an emergency and performed within 24 to 72 hours following diagnosis. General anesthesia is needed for this procedure.

Common prescriptions may include:

  • Carprofen is commonly given for relief of pain and inflammation. This is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Do not administer this medication with steroids. This medication may have gastrointestinal side effects so please do not administer this medication if your dog is vomiting, having diarrhea, or refusing food.
  • A variety of antibiotics may be prescribed. One commonly prescribed antibiotic for oral infections is Clindamycin which is generally given twice daily.
  • Do not give human pain medications to animals at any time without the approval of your veterinarian.

Home Care and Prevention for Canine Tooth Root Abscess

  • If your dog is painful and has a draining wound from the face, a veterinary examination is recommended immediately. Once a dental abscess is diagnosed and treatment has been started, all medications must be continued at home exactly as prescribed. Such medications may include topical antibiotics or local wound care, oral antibiotics, and oral pain medications.
  • Your veterinarian may also ask you to apply warm, wet compresses to wound three to four times per day for several days to reduce swelling and encourage drainage. Offer soft foods to help your pet eat until the swelling and pain have diminished.
  • To reduce the risk of tooth root abscessation discuss the best dental care plan for your dog with your veterinarian. Daily tooth brushing and periodic dental cleaning may be the best prevention strategy.

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Is Your Dog’s Gum Color Bad?

What Healthy Dog Gums Look Like

The gum tissue, also known as the oral mucosa or mucous membranes, is the soft tissue lining in the mouth that covers the roof of the mouth and is between the teeth and lips. The gums are connected to the underlying bone tissue.

Gum color will often provide insight into the health or wellbeing of a dog. The pink color in gum color, similar to the pink in skin color, is a result of blood flow to pale or almost colorless tissues. Blood flow can be altered by conditions that result from shock, blood loss, anemia, or other bleeding abnormalities. Dental issues can result in a deeper red inflamed appearance to the gums that are most commonly around the teeth.

In normal healthy dogs, the gum color can be either pink or pigmented, depending on the breed and pigmentation of your dog. It is easier to assess for gum color abnormalities in dogs that are not pigmented. Breeds that are known for normal black pigmented gums include the Chow and the Chinese Shar-Pei.

In a dog with unpigmented gums, the normal gum color is a normal healthy pink, sometimes referred to as “bubblegum pink”. The gums should be smooth, moist, and shiny with no evidence of excessive redness, discharge, or odor. They should not be painful.

In a pigmented dog, his normal pigmentation color is that color of pigment. Having pigmented gums is not a bad or dangerous thing. The pigmentation blocks some of the ability to evaluate for signs of shock or anemia (low red blood cell counts). To evaluate mucous membrane color, you can look at the conjunctiva of the eye as an alternative.

Some dogs will have both unpigmented and pigmented gums. In these cases, to assess the gum color, please look at the unpigmented sections (Figure 1).

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Figure 1. Dog with both areas of gum pigmentation and normal unpigmented gum tissue.

It is ideal to look in your dog’s mouth periodically providing that you can do so safely. Daily monitoring is best when you brush your dog’s teeth. Many pet owners wonder about their dogs teeth such as when they came in and how many teeth they have. These articles may be of interest to you:

What Unhealthy Dog Gums Look Like

As mentioned above, unhealthy gums can vary depending on your dog’s natural pigmentation. Unhealthy gums can look like any of the following:

  • Pale – Pale gums or mucous membranes can indicate blood loss or “shock”. The possible causes for either blood loss or shock are life-threatening and should be evaluated immediately.
  • Bleeding – Bleeding gums can be caused by local problems or systemic problems. Local problems may include trauma to the mouth, infections, foreign material such as a bone, stick, or plastic being lodged in the tissue. Bleeding can also occur from systemic diseases such as bleeding abnormalities from immune-mediated problems or toxins. Bleeding can appear as fresh blood or as small pinpoint hemorrhages, also known as petechiae. All signs of bleeding are abnormal. Learn more about bleeding disorders in dogs.
  • Inflammation – Inflamed gums are a common sign of dental disease, most commonly periodontal disease which is also frequently referred to as the silent killer. Infected gum tissue is often red, swollen, and inflamed. Other causes of inflammation can be from local infections, chemical burns, trauma, infectious diseases, and more.
  • Infections – Gum infections can occur and results from underlying systemic disease or from local infections from bad teeth.
  • Ulcers – Some dogs will have ulcers on the gums due to chemical burns, trauma, and/or infections. One common cause of oral ulcerations is from exposure to liquid potpourri. Learn more about Potpourri Exposure and Toxicity. Some infections can also be caused by underlying infectious diseases. An ulcer will look like a raw open abrasion that is often irregular with an uneven red surface. It may also have an odor.
  • Odor – Smelling gums or an odor from the mouth can be a sign of dental disease or infections. Foreign objects such as stick or bones can also become lodged in the mouth resulting in a foul odor. Bad breath can also be caused by systemic disease such as diabetes or kidney disease.

How To Keep Them Healthy

The best way to keep your dog’s gum tissue healthy is to feed a high-quality dog food formulated to meet the AAFCO standards. Provide good dental care that consists of daily brushing and periodical dental cleanings by your veterinarian. Learn more about dental cleaning in this article: Dog Teeth Cleaning: Who Should Do It?

Dog Teeth: What You Need to Know

Dog teeth perform the functions of tearing food, sometimes biting prey, and breaking or grinding food into smaller pieces. Dogs, like people and many other species, are born without teeth and develop two sets of teeth during their lifetime. The baby teeth, also known as the deciduous teeth, begin to develop at about three weeks of age.

The baby teeth serve during puppyhood and are replaced by the adult or permanent teeth. Dogs generally have 28 baby teeth that are gradually replaced by 42 adult teeth. When the teeth come in and how they develop will depend on the breed but can even vary within the breed or within the same litter. Learn more about the tooth development schedule in this article: Do Dogs Have Baby Teeth?

As the body and bones grow and reach maturity, the adult teeth develop, pushing out the baby teeth. The adult teeth are larger than the baby teeth and will be the teeth that will remain with the dog for the rest of its life.

The teeth are located in the upper and lower jaw bones. There are different types of teeth and they have different functions. Learn more about that in this article: How Many Teeth Do Dogs Have?

How Do You Care for Your Dog’s Teeth?

It is important to care for your dog’s teeth, just as it is important for you to care for your own teeth. Similar recommendations exist between humans and dogs. Our dentists recommend that for basic care, in addition to flossing, that we brush at least daily and have dental cleanings every 6 months.

For dogs, daily brushing is recommended and a deeper professional clean periodically. The frequency of a deeper clean will depend on your ability to brush your dog’s teeth and his innate dental situation. Deeper dental cleaning, commonly referred to as a “dental”, “dental prophylaxis” or dental “prophy”, is done by a veterinarian. Learn more about Dog Teeth Cleaning: Who Should Do It?

Just as some people have beautiful teeth with very little work or dental care, the same is true for dogs. On the opposite side, some dogs have terrible dental disease even with great care. Some dogs benefit from a dental cleaning twice a year, yearly or every other year depending on the individual patient’s situation.

How Can You Tell if Your Dog Teeth are Diseased?

There are several signs of dental disease in dogs that can vary depending on the underlying cause. They may include:

  • Tartar accumulation on the teeth
  • Bad breath (also known as halitosis)
  • Red or inflamed gums – learn more here: Is Your Dog’s Gum Color Bad?
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Dropping food from the mouth
  • Tooth loss
  • Picking eating – some dogs may prefer softer food
  • Pawing or rubbing at the face or mouth
  • Infection in the skin below the eye (tooth root abscess)
  • Drooling (increased salivation)
  • Decreased appetite

In general, dogs are very good at hiding symptoms of pain, just by their nature of survival. By instinct, they don’t want to appear vulnerable to predators. Some dogs with significant problems may show very few symptoms. In fact, it is common for dental problems to be diagnosed during a routine physical examination by your veterinarian. After problems are treated, pet owners frequently notice that their pet feels much better, has a better appetite, and is more playful. One of my favorite quotes from dog owners after treating dental problems is “Doc, I didn’t know how much he hurt until he didn’t hurt”.

Common Dog Teeth Problems

Dogs and cats get most of the common dental problems that we humans get that includes dental plaque, tartar, periodontal disease, gingivitis, and more. Below is more information about some common dog dental problems.

  • Plaque – Dental plaque is a sticky substance that covers the teeth consisting of bacteria, saliva, food particles, and epithelial cells. Plaque builds up on the tooth surface and gum line every day. Left undisturbed the plaque can mineralize, or harden, in less than 2 days, forming calculus or tartar.
  • Tartar– Dental tartar is a film that covers teeth consisting of calcium phosphate and carbonate, food particles and other organic matter, or is basically ”mineralized plaque”. The tartar will stick to the tooth surface forming a scaffold for more plaque accumulation. The continued build-up of tartar both above and below the gum line can eventually produce an environment that is a haven for certain types of bacteria that may be more destructive to the periodontal tissues and also produce a more noticeable odor. This can lead to periodontal disease. Learn more about Dental Tartar.
  • Periodontal Disease – Periodontal disease is a very common infectious disease caused by bacteria that make up plaque. This results in inflammation of the structures that support teeth, the gum tissue, periodontal ligament, alveolus (small cavity) and cementum (bonelike connective tissue covering the root of a tooth and assisting in tooth support). Learn more about Periodontal Disease in Dogs.
  • Gingivitis in Dogs – Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue resulting in redness and swelling, most commonly caused by dental plaque in dogs. Bacteria mixes with the proteins and starches in the saliva that adheres to the teeth. Gingivitis can lead to periodontitis or inflammation around the tooth root, which in turn can lead to tooth loss.
  • Tooth Root Abscess – An abscess can form around the tooth root that can cause pain and tooth loss. Sometimes the infection will migrate up to the cheek and appear as a wound on the face.
  • Teeth Chattering – Some pet owners may notice that their dog’s teeth may chatter. There are many causes for this that can range from pain to a seizure.
  • Attrition (Worn Teeth) in Dogs – As dogs age, the teeth can show signs of wear. This is particularly common in the incisors (front teeth) of older dogs. Attrition is the word used to describe an abnormally rapid loss of the top of the tooth (crown).

When to See Your Vet About Dog Teeth

If you have concern for your dog’s teeth, please see your veterinarian. Dental disease can be painful and dogs are excellent at hiding their dental issues. If your dog has bad breath, is pawing at his face, has a decreased appetite, increased drooling, or you have any other concerns, please see your veterinarian.

Is the Dental Vaccine Recommended for Dogs?

In 2006 a vaccine called the Porphyromonas Vaccine was introduced to help prevent periodontal disease. The bacteria that cause most periodontitis are Porphyromonas gulae, Porphyromonas salivosa, and Porphyromonas denticani. Studies document these bacteria have long-term effects on bone loss.

What Is the Average Greyhound Lifespan?

Pet owners love greyhounds because of their quiet, even-tempered demeanor. These wonderful dogs have a very long lifespan, considering their size, and they tend to enjoy good health for most of their lives.

If you’re wondering about the greyhound lifespan, you’ll be glad to know that they live fairly long lives. The average greyhound lifespan is about 10 to 13 years. That makes the greyhound one of the longest-lived big dogs. Some greyhounds have lived as long as 15 years, but this is not the norm.

To help you better understand why the greyhound lifespan is as long as it is, read on to learn more about the history of the greyhound breed and to find out how you can help your dog live as long as possible.

History of the Greyhound Breed

With cave drawings and Egyptian artifacts portraying the greyhound as far back as 8.000 years ago, the greyhound is among the oldest of all dog breeds. In England, greyhounds have long been associated with royalty. You’ll find this noble dog is the subject of many paintings and you’ll find him in English literature throughout the centuries.

This ancient breed probably originated in Egypt, and greyhounds have been prized dogs throughout history. Greyhound-like drawings appear on the walls of Egyptian tombs dating from 2200 BC. The Egyptians treasured these hounds, and their birth and death were recorded as if they were members of the family. Here’s an interesting fact – greyhounds were often mummified and buried with their owners for the trip to the afterlife.

This breed was greatly admired by many different cultures, and greyhounds are the only dog breed to be mentioned in the Bible.

Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I of England, President Rutherford B. Hayes and General Custer were all greyhound owners.

The origin of the name “greyhound” is a subject of much debate. Some believe that greyhounds used to be only gray in color. Others believe the name is Old English. That’s because “grei” means “dog” and “hundr” means “hunter.” This argument is strengthened by the fact that greyhounds did originate as hunting dogs. Another possibility is that the name is derived from “gre” or “gradus”, which would mean “first rank among dogs.” Finally, some believe that the name greyhound originated from “Greekhound” since the breed first arrived in England from the Greeks.

The greyhound is the quintessential hunter. Greyhounds were bred to hunt prey for thousands of years and they are the fastest of all dog breeds. Greyhounds can sprint at speeds of up to 40 or 45 miles an hour.

Today, greyhounds are bred for racing but they are becoming increasingly popular as family pets. They are not territorial and they seldom bark. Greyhounds are graceful and quiet dogs that are incredibly loving. Greyhounds love to be petted and rubbed and they enjoy the loving company of their human families. They make excellent house dogs because they are quiet, clean and very low key.

About the Greyhound Lifespan

Why does the greyhound have an average lifespan of about 10 to 13 years? Many factors contribute to the long greyhound lifespan. Even though these dogs are racers, they are known to be quite lazy. This is a low maintenance dog with low exercise demands, which means they have minimal stress in their lives. Combine that low stress with a hereditary lack of major genetic health problems that are often found in other breeds and you’ll get a dog that is quite healthy.

While the greyhound is a generally healthy dog, there are a number of medical conditions that can affect him. These conditions include:

  • An abnormal response to anesthesia
  • Bloat
  • Bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
  • Minor heart murmurs

As long as they live in a calm, happy home where they are fed a healthy diet and given the daily exercise they require, they should live long, happy lives. Even the retired race dogs have the same long life expectancy.

To make sure that your greyhound lives a long, healthy life, feed him a healthy diet and make sure that he gets enough exercise. A greyhound doesn’t require much daily exercise – a nice long daily walk should be all he needs to stay healthy and happy.

The retired racing greyhound also lives a long life and makes a great pet for adoption. According to the New Jersey Greyhound Adoption Program, Inc., most greyhounds are retired from their athletic activities by the time they are 2 to 5 years of age. To learn more about retired racing greyhounds go to our article Greyhounds Get a Second Chance.

How Fast Can a Greyhound Run?

Have you ever wondered, “How fast can a greyhound run?”

The greyhound has a sleek, aerodynamic build with a narrow head and long legs, and the greyhound is perfectly constructed for high-speed pursuit. Greyhounds can sprint at speeds up to 40 or 45 miles per hour, making them the fastest of all dog breeds. A greyhound can sustain his top running speed for about 250 meters (about 273 yards).

The greyhound’s running style and gait are what allow him to run so fast. Greyhounds run using a rotary gallop style – a style that lends itself to sprinting. In this running style, the order of the legs hitting the ground rotates – first the front left leg touches the ground, then the front right leg, then the rear right leg and finally the rear left leg.

Like the cheetah, the greyhound uses a two stage gait. In the first stage, the body and legs are stretched out parallel to the ground. In the second stage, the body is compressed with front and rear legs overlapping beneath the greyhound. This is when the legs propel off the ground to push forward with speed.

How Fast Can a Greyhound Run Compared to Other Animals?

So how fast can a greyhound run compared to other animals? The quickest animal in the world is the cheetah. Cheetahs are known to run up to 70 miles an hour at top speed, but the cheetah can only sustain that top speed for about 200 meters (about 219 yards).

So now that we’ve answered the question, “How fast can a greyhound run?”, let’s look at a different question: Which is faster, a greyhound or a racehorse? This question was addressed at a race track in the United Kingdom where officials raced a top greyhound against a top thoroughbred racehorse over a 400 meter (437 yards) grass course. The greyhound won the race by seven horse lengths. The greyhound’s jackrabbit start was the key to its success. However, the thoroughbred horse was steadily gaining on the greyhound throughout the race, and had the course been longer, the horse would have overtaken the greyhound. Greyhounds are known for their sprinting, not their endurance.

Greyhounds were originally bred as hunting dogs to chase prey such as rabbits, foxes and deer. Because of their great speed, greyhounds have made a name for themselves as racing dogs and they are still used for that purpose to this day. However, the sport is coming under fire by many. To learn more, go to our article Greyhound Racing Comes Under Fire.

How Much Exercise Does a Greyhound Need?

Contrary to popular belief, a greyhound does not need a lot of exercise. Two twenty minute walks a day is usually enough exercise to keep your greyhound happy and healthy.

A greyhound will happily spend most of its time indoors relaxing and laying around. Greyhounds need to burn off their conserved energy with a run or walk. Backyard exercise is perfectly acceptable for a greyhound, but daily walks provide more mental and physical stimulation for your greyhound – and these walks help to build a better relationship between you and your dog.

According to the National Greyhound Adoption Program, how much outdoor exercise your greyhound will need depends in large part upon the size of his indoor living space. If you live in an apartment or small house with no back yard, your greyhound will need about 2 to 3 short walks per day, or 1 to 2 long walks. A good run in a completely enclosed fenced area will also be enjoyable for your greyhound.

The age and physical condition of your greyhound will also determine the type of activity you can engage him in. For instance, a senior greyhound may not be as eager to join in a hearty romp with other dogs but he would enjoy a nice quiet walk with you.

Remember that greyhounds are sprinters, not distance runners. So before you run long distances with your dog, start slowly with a one-mile jog and slowly work your way up from there. If your dog is not conditioned for it, a long run can be detrimental to your greyhound’s health.

Make sure to monitor your greyhound for signs of fatigue or overheating whether you are running or walking. Always carry a bottle of water in case your dog gets overheated. Never walk your dog in the heat. Early morning and evening walks are the best times to walk your dog during the warm weather. Remember, if the sidewalk is too hot for you to walk barefoot, it is too hot for your dog to walk on.

What Is the Greyhound Temperament?

What is the greyhound temperament? Greyhounds usually have a wonderful temperament. They are friendly and non-aggressive, although some greyhounds can be a bit aloof with strangers.

The greyhound temperament is quizzical, sometimes shy, sensitive, quiet and very gentle. Greyhounds are very smart dogs. They possess superior intellect and can exhibit surprising independence.

Like all dogs, greyhounds should be socialized at an early age. That means that they should be exposed to many different people, places, and situations. This will help to ensure that your greyhound grows up to be a well-rounded dog. When greyhounds are not properly socialized, they can become timid and they can have difficulty adapting to changes in their environment or their schedule. So take the time to properly socialize your greyhound.

These quiet, gentle, affectionate dogs can fit into almost any lifestyle, from a small condo in the city to the largest country home.

What Is the Greyhound Temperament Like?

The greyhound temperament is a good fit with almost any household. They are not territorial dogs and they seldom bark. Greyhounds are graceful and quiet dogs that are incredibly loving. Greyhounds love to be petted and rubbed and they enjoy the loving company of their human families. They make excellent house dogs because they are quiet, clean and very low key.

Because of his great speed, the lazy nature of a greyhound may surprise you. His favorite pastime is sleeping on a soft couch or bed. Greyhounds have a very low energy level, which is surprising considering their great speed. Greyhounds need and enjoy a daily leash walk, and because of their ability to run, a greyhound may become a great jogging companion. But don’t worry about being able to give this ex-racer enough exercise. Greyhounds are very happy with a daily walk, and that’s all the exercise they require. And as he gets older, your greyhound may even need to be coaxed into taking that daily walk.

Greyhounds have a very strong prey drive. The urge to chase small animals is so strong that it will likely prevail regardless of any training to the contrary. Greyhounds will bolt off after small animals like rabbits, cats and squirrels. That’s why it is so important never to let a greyhound off-leash in an unfenced area.

The greyhound is a big dog that can weigh anywhere from 60 to 75 pounds or more, but his gentle, quiet nature and his somewhat lazy disposition make him seem like more of a giant cat than a dog.

How Are Greyhounds with Children and Pets?

Greyhounds are mellow dogs who do well around children. Greyhounds are known to be patient with children, but they do best in homes with older children who know how to behave around dogs. A greyhound is more likely to walk away from a teasing child than to snap at him. As with all breeds, you should always teach your children how to approach and touch your greyhound and to supervise any interactions they may have. Teach your children to never approach a dog while he is sleeping or eating, or to try to take the dog’s food away.

Greyhounds usually do very well with other dogs, however, they may view smaller dogs, cats, and small pets as prey – especially if these animals run from them. Some greyhounds have a higher prey drive than others and in some cases, instinct can win out overtraining. In some cases, greyhounds have been known to injure or even kill smaller pets. And while your greyhound may be good friends with your cat, he may still see outdoor cats as fair game for hunting.

Temperament of the Track Greyhound

Track greyhounds have always been around other greyhounds, but other dog breeds. So other dog breeds and cats are foreign to them. A track greyhound has never seen another type of dog or a cat before. They recognize other greyhounds but they may be perplexed or frightened by other dog breeds – or, in some cases, they will simply ignore them. In some instances, track greyhounds can be a bit unpredictable with other dogs and cats, so if you’ve got other pets make sure that you discuss your home situation fully with the greyhound adoption group and make sure to choose a suitable dog for your home.

Because of their previous racing careers, track greyhounds are very used to being crated and transported, and they are used to spending time around strangers. The greyhound breed is rarely nervous or fearful.

You must remember that some track greyhounds have never been alone, so they may suffer from separation anxiety when their owners are away. For this reason, you may want to consider adopting two greyhounds instead of one.

What You Should Know About Owning a Greyhound

Have you ever wondered about owning a greyhound? Greyhounds make great pets, and they are suitable for any type of home including an apartment or condo.

Greyhounds have a very strong prey drive. If you have a yard, you will need a solid fence to keep your greyhound from chasing animals they might identify as prey, including rabbits, squirrels and cats. Because of its strong prey drive, a greyhound should never be allowed to run off leash except in a securely fenced area. If your greyhound were to take off after a small animal, you’d have a tough time catching him because of his ability to run so fast. Greyhounds are the fastest dog breed and they can run at speeds up to 40 to 45 miles an hour.

To learn more about greyhounds, read our article Breed of the Month: Why We Love Greyhounds. 

Although you may be drawn to an adorable greyhound puppy, you should also consider greyhound adoption. When their racing days are over, many retired racing greyhounds are abandoned, euthanized or sold to laboratories. But if they are adopted, these adult greyhounds can easily adapt to home life and give you many years of great companionship.

Adopting Greyhounds

The majority of greyhound pets in America are former racing dogs. You may be surprised to find out that there are actually more ex-racing dogs in homes than there are still on the track. There are approximately 120,000 Greyhounds living as pets in U.S. homes while only 55,000 greyhounds still race on the track.

Although there are a small amount of greyhounds bred for racing, there are very few non-racing greyhounds bred in the United States. Most families interested in owning a greyhound will adopt a retired racetrack dog because there are so many ex-racers in need of good homes.

What Are Greyhounds Like?

Here’s a fun fact about greyhounds. While they are known for their speed, the greyhound’s favorite pastime is actually sleeping. The truth is, they love to cuddle up on a soft couch, chair or bed and enjoy a nice nap. This is not a destructive dog. Greyhounds are very docile and quiet with a low indoor energy level.

The disposition of greyhounds is very loving and affectionate. Usually, the affection they feel for their family will also extend to strangers, but greyhounds can be aloof with some strangers.

Like all dogs, greyhounds should be socialized at an early age. That means your greyhound should be exposed to many different people, places, and situations. This will help to ensure that your greyhound grows up to be a well-rounded dog. When greyhounds are not properly socialized, they can become timid and they can have difficulty adapting to changes in their environment or their schedule. So take the time to properly socialize your greyhound.

Even though they are fast runners, the greyhound is a fairly low energy dog. Greyhounds require (and enjoy) a daily walk to help keep them from becoming bored. But keep your greyhound on a leash during a walk to prevent him from taking off after small animals.

Whether you buy your dog as a puppy or adopt him as an adult, you should begin training your greyhound as soon as you get him home. Greyhounds can have a stubborn streak and they are very independent. So you need to be confident and consistent in your training methods. Just remember that this is a sensitive breed, so you will do better with patience and training methods that use rewards rather than punishment. Treats work great as a training reward.

It is a common practice to muzzle greyhounds, especially if they had been working as race dogs. Greyhounds will nip at other dogs and can hurt smaller dogs and animals when their prey drive takes over. Rescues often recommend muzzling adopted greyhounds until they get settled into their new home. Then you should have a better idea of their temperament.

Taking Care of Greyhounds

Greyhounds have a short, smooth coat that is very easy to care for. It is also a very thin hair coat, which means your greyhound can get the shivers in cold or wet weather. Greyhounds have no fat layer on their bodies to keep them warm in the rain or cold weather. If you live in colder climates, you should have a warm coat for your greyhound to wear in the rain and snow. Also remember that the greyhound’s thin coat leaves him vulnerable to scrapes and nicks. A greyhound can be any color including black, fawn, red, blue, gray or white. Their coats can also be various shades of brindle.

All About Greyhounds

Originally, greyhounds were bred as hunting dogs. Their job was to chase foxes, deer and rabbits. Greyhounds are also the fastest of the dog breeds, running up to 40 to 45 miles an hour. Because of their great speed, they have made a name for themselves as racing dogs and are still used as racing dogs today.

Greyhounds stand about 2 feet, 1 inch to 2 feet, 6 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 60 and 75 pounds. The greyhound has a sleek, aerodynamic build with a narrow head and long legs.

Greyhounds make great pets. In addition to their grace and speed, people love greyhounds for their sweet and mild nature. They have a friendly nature toward people and other dogs. Greyhounds are loyal and affectionate to their family. The greyhound is not aggressive towards strangers, but he will let you know that someone is approaching your home.

Intelligent and independent, the greyhound can be considered “cat like” in many ways. Greyhounds do have a sensitive side and will react to any tension in the home. With mistreatment, the greyhound can become shy or timid in nature.

This ancient breed probably originated in Egypt, and greyhounds have been prized dogs throughout history. This breed has won the admiration of many different cultures, and greyhounds are the only dog breed to be mentioned in the Bible.

Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I of England, President Rutherford B. Hayes and General Custer were all greyhound owners.

The greyhound was one of the first breeds to appear in American dog shows. It was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. The first official coursing race took place the next year. In 1906, the National Coursing Association was founded in the United States. Greyhound racing became very popular and in many states it remains popular until this very day. It is, however, a very controversial sport because so many retired racing greyhounds are abandoned, euthanized or sold to laboratories.

To learn more about the greyhound, go to our article Choosing a Greyhound.

What You Should Know About Owning a Greyhound

Have you ever wondered about owning a greyhound? Greyhounds make great pets, and they are suitable for any type of home including an apartment or condo.

Here’s a fun fact about greyhounds. While they are known for their speed, the greyhound’s favorite pastime is actually sleeping. The truth is, they love to cuddle up on a soft couch, chair or bed and enjoy a nice nap. The greyhound is not a destructive dog. Greyhounds are very docile and quiet with a low indoor energy level.

The disposition of greyhounds is very loving and affectionate. Usually the affection they feel for their family will also extend to strangers, but greyhounds can be aloof with some strangers.

Even though they are fast runners, the greyhound is a fairly low energy dog. Greyhounds require (and enjoy) a daily walk to help keep them from becoming bored. But keep your greyhound on a leash during a walk to prevent him from taking off after small animals.

Whether you buy your dog as a puppy or adopt him as an adult, you should begin training your greyhound as soon as you get him home. Greyhounds can have a stubborn streak and they are very independent. So you need to be confident and consistent in your training methods. Just remember that this is a sensitive breed, so you will do better with patience and training methods that use rewards rather than punishment. Treats work great as a training reward.

Greyhounds have a short, smooth coat that is very easy to care for. It is also a very thin hair coat, which means your greyhound can get the shivers in cold or wet weather. If you live in colder climates, you should have a warm coat for your greyhound to wear in the rain and snow. Also remember that the greyhound’s thin coat leaves him vulnerable to scrapes and nicks. A greyhound can be any color including black, fawn, red, blue, gray or white. Their coats can also be various shades of brindle.

Greyhounds are low to average shedders, depending on the various times of year. A greyhound requires only minimal grooming.

To learn more about owning a greyhound, go to What You Should Know About Owning a Greyhound.

What Is the Greyhound Temperament?

Greyhounds usually have a wonderful temperament. They are friendly and non-aggressive, although some greyhounds can be a bit aloof with strangers.

The greyhound temperament is a good fit with almost any household. They are not territorial dogs and they are not prone to barking. Greyhounds are graceful and quiet dogs that are incredibly loving. Greyhounds love to be petted and rubbed, and they enjoy the loving company of their human families. They make excellent house dogs because they are quiet, clean and very low key.

New Year, New You: Try These Workouts You Can Do With Your Dog

Ready to get in shape this year? How about your dog? If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, your dog might be able to help you stay on track. Plus, if your dog is also due to lose a couple pounds, you can help both of you stay healthy in the new year.

Obesity in dogs is a problem, and it also can shave years off your dog’s life. Don’t let a lack of motivation allow your dog to remain unhealthy, get out there and get moving! Check out these easy workouts you can do to start making exercise part of your daily routine.

The Walk

Sometimes it helps to start small. Just walking your dog is a great way for both you and your pooch to get in shape and stay in shape. People who walk their dogs typically meet or exceed the recommended amount of daily exercise, and even have more motivation to do additional workouts. If you’re not already walking your dog regularly, you don’t have to start off with a brisk two miles. Take a stroll around the block, or go to the end of your street and back and work your way up to longer walks. This will also help your dog get used to the new routine. Make sure you take water and poop bags with you so you’re prepared for anything, and pay attention to how your dog is feeling so you don’t overexert him.

Hiking

Like walking, only more adventurous, hiking is a great way to get in an easy workout while also taking in the scenery with your best pal. Try to keep a brisk pace so your heart rate stays elevated, and like walking, make sure you pack enough supplies so your dog’s needs are fully accounted for. You’ll also want to make sure you use insect repellent for ticks if it’s not freezing just to be sure you don’t come home with any unwanted houseguests.

Running and Biking

If your dog is up for it and won’t be slamming his paw on the leash before you’re down the street, try running or biking with your dog to help up your cardio. Make sure you have the right harness for your dog before you head out, just using a leash could end badly if you have to stop suddenly or your dog takes off. Both running and biking are perfect for dogs who like a lot of exercise and activity. However, if you have a dog that prefers the couch or is a getting on in years, dragging them outside with you could do more harm than good. That doesn’t mean they can’t come with you though! This dog-friendly basket for bikes is perfect for dogs whose short legs make it hard to keep up.

Dancing

If it’s too cold to go outside, try having a dance party with your pooch! Put on some great music and make up the moves as you go. Dancing is a great way to burn calories, and if you get your dog involved you can both have some fun while also getting in a good workout. Try having your dog do tricks like running between your legs or rolling over to help him get into it.

Doga

Want to get into yoga this year? Look for a doga class! These yoga classes are built to involve your dog so you get a good workout in while also spending time with your furry friend. Your dog won’t get much of a workout in a doga class, but they will get to relax and bond with you which can be a great exercise for their mental health.

Don’t let your New Year’s resolutions go to waste by making excuses. Go out and try these workouts with your dog to start your 2019 off on the right foot!