Where Are Greyhounds From?
The Greyhound has been traced back to Ancient Egypt, based on artistic depictions found in 5,000-year-old tomb carvings from the region. Centuries later, they were used for hunting game by the Romans and Greeks. During the Elizabethan Era, sporting events were held to test their speed against other dogs and rabbits.
The breed was imported to the U.S. by Europeans in the 1700s and continued to prove themselves as exceptional game hunters. In the early 1920s, the mechanical lure was invented, making way for the controversial sport of dog racing. Greyhounds were the primary dog used in these competitions, since they can reach speeds of 45 mph and are excellent at spotting small objects. Most Greyhounds found in the U.S. today can be traced back to European imports from the early 1900s. They continue to gain popularity because of their gentle disposition and incredible athletic abilities.