Height: 25 to 30 inches at shoulder
Weight: 50 to 85 pounds (males average 75 pounds, females average 57 pounds)
Coat: short and smooth
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Breed Group: Hounds
Greyhounds were originally bred as hunting dogs to chase hare, foxes, and deer. They can reach speeds of 40 to 45 miles per hour, making them the Ferraris of the dog world. Not surprisingly, Greyhounds made a name for themselves as racing dogs and are still used in racing today. They also participate in many other dog sports, including lure coursing, conformation, obedience, and agility. Beyond their grace and speed, people love them for their sweet, mild nature.