The Size of a Greyhound

by Lisa Miller
Greyhounds bred for racing tend to be shorter than show dogs.

Greyhounds bred for racing tend to be shorter than show dogs.

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Greyhounds are among the most instantly recognizable of dog breeds, thanks in part to their delicate, but tall frames and lean body shape. Adult greyhounds tend to be similar in size, but can differ based on the purpose for which they were bred. For this reason, a retired racing greyhound may have a slightly different frame than a show dog of the same age.

American Kennel Club Greyhounds

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) breed standard, male greyhounds should weigh between 65 and 70 pounds and females should weigh between 60 and 65 pounds. AKC greyhounds are tall and sleek, measuring between 27 and 30 inches in height. AKC standard greyhounds tend to have longer, more slender necks and limbs when compared to racing dogs.

National Greyhound Association Greyhounds

Greyhounds registered with the National Greyhound Association (NGA) are typically used for racing, and therefore adhere to different standards than AKC greyhounds. These dogs tend to have shorter, more muscular limbs. NGA greyhounds have slightly shorter builds than AKC greyhounds.

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