The Height & Weight of Greyhounds

by Jane Meggitt Google
    Relatively few greyhounds are actually grey. This handsome dog is a brindle.

    Relatively few greyhounds are actually grey. This handsome dog is a brindle.

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    Fast and elegant -- that's the greyhound. While raised primarily for the track, many greyhounds adjust easily to a life of couch potato-hood after retiring. While racing, greyhounds are weighed often, as each dog has a set weight that can only vary by 1.5 pounds in order to compete.

    The American Kennel Club standard states that adult male greyhounds should weigh between 65 and 70 pounds, while females are somewhat lighter, ranging from 60 to 65 pounds. Of course, many greyhounds don't meet the standard and might weigh considerably less or more, especially after retirement from racing. Fifty pounds is probably the limit of a low healthy weight for an adult female, with 85 pounds tipping the top of the scale for a grown male. The official standard doesn't specify a height. Male greyhounds range from 26 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder, with females standing between 23 and 26 inches high.

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    About the Author

    Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, her work has appeared in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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