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Windwood Perm Reg'd Greyhound

Greyhound racing dogs
Windwood Perm Reg'd Greyhounds

The Greyhound may be the most ancient purebred dog. He originated in Egypt but was established throughout Europe and the Orient well before the Christian era. 

Often presented as gifts by the nobility, Greyhounds were originally only bred by the ruling classes. 

Greyhounds have been used to hunt just about all small game as well as stag, gazelle, wolf, and boar. When dog racing and hare coursing became popular sports, the Greyhound was a natural competitor. Capable of speeds exceeding 40 mph, the Greyhound in his element is the picture of strength and grace. Greyhounds have a double suspension gallop (they run like a cheetah, not like a horse).  When running, greyhounds spend 80% of their time in the air.  It is as close to "flight" as a land animal can get.

Males range in height from 28" to 30" tall (71-76 cm) and females stand between 26 and 28 inches (67-71 cm) tall. The slim, muscular Greyhound has a short, smooth coat that may be any colour or combination of colours. Minimal grooming is required. 

Greyhounds typically have a short racing career, and since they live 12 to 14 years, there are almost always adult dogs looking for adoption into loving homes. Check out our Rescue page for links to adoption organizations.

The Greyhound is a friendly, gentle, sensitive dog. Generally quiet, he prefers a calm environment and does best when he has a predictable routine. Intelligent, affectionate, and devoted, the Greyhound will not be happy if he is excluded from the family group. A clean family pet, the Greyhound is an excellent pet for children. 

As a sighthound, the Greyhound can see clearly for half a mile and has a natural tendency to chase anything small that moves! Cats and other household pets may trigger these instincts. He will make a good watch dog as he is generally aloof with strangers.

Early training and socialization are important, but since they are sensitive animals, harsh training methods are not appropriate. The Greyhound appreciates an unrestricted run a couple of times per week. Ex-racers may be a challenge to control when off-leash. However, training should address this issue. Dogs raised from puppies in a non-racing environment should not be a problem off-leash provided they have had the appropriate obedience training. 

As for all dogs, a fenced yard is a sensible precaution. At home, a dog running 40 mph across the yard will likely not even notice your electric fencing!


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Clubs and Organizations

Greyhound Club of Canada
Laurie Soutar, Secretary
Princeton, ON  N0J 1V0
(519) 458-8181

Canadian Sighthound Field Association

Canadian Amateur Racing Association (C.A.R.A.)

Adopt a Greyhound of Central Canada

Alberta Lure Coursing Association

Greyhound Supporters & Adoption
3 Sage Crescent
Nepean, ON  K2J 1Z7
(613) 216-8097

Greyhound Trust and Alliance (GT&A)

Ontario Lure Coursing Association
Ontario Racing Association
Waterloo Area Greyhound Group




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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
E. Ann Fessenden, Windwood Perm Reg'd
British Columbia


British Columbia 


E. Ann Fessenden
26019 40th Avenue
Aldergrove, BC   V4W 1W3
(604) 856-2850

Windwood Perm Reg'd

Katharine and Anne Wallace
24250 112th Avenue
Maple Ridge, BC  V2W 1H5
(604) 467-0044

Lazuli Reg'd



Regina Salzmann
Box 15, Site 7, RR#1
Okotoks, AB   T1S 1A1
(403) 938-5996

Norwick Reg'd




Lynda Seed
(613) 489-0654

Galloping Greyhounds Adoption and Play Group

Greyhound Adoption, Niagara
(905) 563-1666

Greyhounds in Need of Adoption (GINA)

Greyhound League, Northwest Canadian
Amy Johnston
(403) 663-1839

Greyhound Lovers of Hamilton Wentworth
Heather Geres
(905) 692-5790
Paul Hannam
(905) 304-1798

Greyhound Relocation & Adoption
Freddie and Bill Cowan
(519) 425-7822

Greyhound Rescue
Barb Johnston
(905) 563-1666  

Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada  
Cheryl Sinnott
Covering NS, NB, PEI & NFLD 
(902) 889-2214 
Email: or 

Maritime Greyhound Adoption Program
Deb Levasseur, President
924 Shediac Road,
Moncton, NB E1A 5X6
(506) 384-0000

Greyhound Rescue Quebec
Shirley Smith

J.K. Greyhound Adoption
Patricia Gabriel, Ste Therese, QC
(514) 910-1219

Greyhound Club of Canada
Laurie Soutar, Secretary
(519) 458-8181

Greyhound Pets Inc.
Steve Waines

Greyhound Adoptions
Klaus G Schulz, CPP-OCP
Montreal, QC  H3X 2V7
(514) 239-2513

Greyhound Rescue
Oshawa, ON


Did you know?

Only one breed of dog
is mentioned by name
in the Bible:
the Greyhound. 
(Proverbs 30:29-31, King James Version)


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