The Greyhound is the prototypical sighthound, tall and slender, powerfully built with a long, narrow skull and small ears. The Greyhound’s first footprints can be found in the desert sands of Egypt. It is the fastest canine on earth, although pound for pound the Whippet will always give him a run for his title. Today these sinewy sighthounds make gentle and responsive pets. Many dogs are still used on racetracks in the United States and Britain. These dogs need plenty of exercise to stretch their long limbs. They are hardy and healthy dogs, the only breed in the United States no affected by hip dysplasia. Greyhounds stand as tall as 30 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 40-60 pounds. Colors vary greatly and encompass solids, brindles and particolors.