The Greyhound is a very old European breed of dog, a sighthound which has been historically bred for coursing game and latterly Greyhound racing.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
AKC Video (link - https://youtu.be/-W7C8U8ZjWk😞
View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AmericanKennelClub
Other Names for Breed:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: Great Britain
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
US: CHIC Greyhound: http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/brdreqs.html?breed=GH
Norway: Breeding Strategy: Rasespesifikk avlsstrategi for Greyhound: http://greyhoundklubben.no/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/RASGreyhound.pdf
Health Surveys | Reports
Greyhound Club of America: Greyhound Health Registry: http://www.greyhoundclubofamericainc.org/health-registry/
UK: The Greyhound Club: Health: http://www.thegreyhoundclubuk.co.uk/health/
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database: http://www.dogwellnet.com/content/health-and-breeding/screening-tests/dna/dna-tests-for-use-in-breeding-decisions/the-kennel-club-breed-specific-dna-tests-upd-r234
Greyhound Neuropathy - The Kennel Club
Greyhound Neuropathy FAQ (English)
Dr. med. vet. Barbara Keßler
Institute for Molecular Animal Breeding and Biotechnology
Actual challenges in breeding show type Greyhounds
Dr. med. vet. Barbara Keßler, (scientist at the Chair for Molecular Animal Breeding and Biotechnology Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich)
How Greyhounds Conquered the World (AKC)
By: Bud Boccone
Demystifying NGA and AKC Greyhound Breed Standards
(Racing/Show greyhounds podcast)
Coefficient of Inbreeding vs. Genetic Diversity Level in Greyhounds
Coefficient of Inbreeding vs. Genetic Diversity Level in Greyhounds-update_2019.pdf
IPFD Board member, Barbara Thiel shared an English translation of this article which appeared in The Greyhound Show blog. The article includes a discussion of data available from the MyDogDNA on genetic diversity measurements in greyhounds - greyhound breeders are encouraged to read this document to gain perspective.
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
Greyhound World Congress 2017
Neuropathy in the Greyhound
Institute of Genetics | University of Bern
Cord Drögemüller, Doreen Becker, Barbara Kessler, Elisabeth Kemter, Jens Tetens, Konrad Jurina, Karin Hultin Jäderlund, Annette Flagstad, Michele Perloski, Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Kaspar Matiasek
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
US: The Greyhound Club of America: http://www.greyhoundclubofamericainc.org/
Finland: Suomen Greyhoundyhdistys ry: http://www.greyhoundyhdistys.fi/
UK: Greyhound Club: http://www.thegreyhoundclubuk.co.uk/
Norway: Norsk Greyhound Klubb: http://greyhoundklubben.no/
Germany: Deutscher Windhundzucht- und Rennverband e.V.: https://www.windhundverband.de/rassen/greyhound/