A Brief History of Greyhounds

Greyhounds enjoy a rich heritage dating back over 4000 years and are even mentioned in the Bible in the Old Testament, Proverbs 30:31.

Initially bred for royalty and noblemen, this breed was a favorite of both Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth I.

Their unmistakable figure graces the walls and tombs of Ancient Egypt and vases of Ancient Greece.

In Homer’s “The Odyssey”, the only one who recognized Odysseus upon his arrival home after being absent for over 20 years was his greyhound, Argos.

Greyhounds have long been associated with royalty. From the 11th to the 14th century, English law decreed that ‘no mean person shall own a greyhound.”  The penalty for breaking this law was death.

Greyhounds were introduced in the USA in the 1800’s to help farmers control the jackrabbit population and greyhound racing developed as a result of popular neighborhood competition.

Before 1980 almost every greyhound was destroyed after their racing career was over. People did not know how wonderful pets these amazing athletes would make.

This slowly changed and presently there are over 150 greyhound adoption and rescue groups nationwide. Yet, even today, between 10,000 and 20,000 Greyhounds are killed every year.

This is why we do what we do at Joey’s Greyhound Friends and why these once protected and cherished animals so desperately need your help.

Thank  you!

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