A lovely white Greyhound standing in frosty weather
This is my page about show Greyhounds with photos borrowed from Danish Greyhound breeder Hanne Böckhaus's huge collection of really great photos. Hanne owns the internationally known kennel: "EIKICA". If you want to write to Hanne, her e-mail address is: eikica@mail.dk
Hanne Böckhaus, Kennel Eikica, Torresvej 16, DK-4894 Øster Ulslev, Denmark. www.eikica.dk
Tel. +45 (the number for Denmark) 5487 6006.

The origins of the Greyhound go right back through history. Sighthounds are a type of dog that is many thousands of years old, originating in North Africa and the Middle East. Discoveries in Egypt from the years 4000 to 2000 BC show dogs that apparently were not much different from the ones we know today. They were depicted in art in the Roman times. According to the FCI standard for the greyhound-like breed Galgo Español, the Galgo was the forfather to the modern Greyhound by spreading across Europe and ending in Great Britain.
Sighthounds were developed to hunt down wolves, hares, gazelle and other fast animal game which were to be run down at high speed and quickly dispatched. Hence the fact that sighthounds hunt by SIGHT as against all other breeds who first and foremost use their nose. They are excited by the sight of any possible "prey" that runs fast and the instinct to give chase is very strong. It's this instinct that we use when we train them to run after the noisy radio-controlled artificial "hare" on a racetrack. They just love any excuse to run, so they are willing to fall for the crude "hare" substitute!

 
A beautiful Eikica Greyhound NorV96 DKCH Eikica Keep-On Kio enjoying the view of open Danish countryside!

The Greyhound as a family dog: Greyhounds are docile, kindly and sweet tempered dogs. They can be a little reserved with strangers, but as puppies they are boisterous, outgoing and happy and not at all like the quiet and elegant adults they will soon grow up to be.
In England, from about the year 800 or so, Greyhounds served two purposes: They were the quickest hunters and sweet tempered loving dogs in the daily run. They were only allowed to be owned by royalty or "blue-blooded" people!

Greyhounds love to be the center of attention, talked to and shown plenty of love by the owner. They will take possession of the family's best armchair or sofa - if this is allowed! They love kindly and considerate children and most can, from puppyhood learn to live peacefully together with other animals in the household - even including cats!
It is very important to take a puppy and young dog everywhere with you and for it to have plenty of positive experiences, so that as an adult it will tackle every situation, both known and unknown, with aplomb.
Greyhounds are good as watchdogs and generally do not bark unless there is a real reason for doing so. They don't dribble, they are seldom car-sick and have little of the known hereditary illnesses. They hate rain or lying on hard surfaces and a happy wagging tail CAN hit your leg quite hard! Their fine hair does not smell "doggie" and you hardly notice if they are moulting.
A Greyhound only wants to please it's owner and they are easy to train with kindness and firmness. Although you don't really need to take them to training and obedience classes, they do love to get out and have fun together with other dogs. One should only take them to those obedience classes where tid-bits and praise are in abundance - and remember, you mustn't ask a Greyhound to sit for long periods of time as this is not natural for them and is a strain. They are intelligent and quick to learn, but can also "play up" if things get too boring and repetitive or they can't see any rhyme or reason in the exercises - one must be clever to hold their interest and only train for short periods.
Then there's always racing, both on tracks and coursing over the countryside after an artificial hare. They all love a chance to run free.
However, despite what many people assume, Greyhounds do NOT need masses of exercise to keep them in form. They are sprinter types who, after a short run around in top gear, are quickly tired and ready for lying decoratively in the nearest warm armchair again, like living paintings or works of art!

Coursing - wth a special muzzle
A Greyhound enjoying some coursing. With coursing, the artificial hare zig-zags about, which most dogs prefer as it's much more exciting and "life-like" for them! The "hare" is winched in on a very long cord and can zig-zag behind bales of hay (instead of bushes) so appears even more exciting and realistic. They can't resist it and it's wonderful excercise for them. The dog is wearing a special plastic racing muzzle to prevent it from destroying the rabbit skin at the end of the cord!


Eikica Precious Pagan who went BIS at Myndeklubben's (The Danish Sighthound Club) show at Vilhelmsborg, June 2000.

General appearance: The Greyhound is a beautiful combination of strength and elegance. Since they are designed for maximum speed, they are streamlined slim, with a narrow head and intelligent alert expression, small folded ears, a long elegant neck on a muscular body with a slight curve over the back, deep rib cage and good "tuck up". Long legs with very well developed thighs and low hocks culminating in a low set very long tail for giving good balance. They have an effortless gliding movement with an elastic, springy trot. Their coat is silky smooth and fine and comes in all doggie colours or combinations of same! Size and weight varies depending on whether it's a small feminine bitch or a well developed dog, so the height can be from 68 - 76 cm at the shoulder and the weight between 28 - 40 kilos.

In later years, the Greyhound has evolved into two more or less distinctive types: The racing dog where breeders take almost no consideration of the animal's looks when breeding, only how fast they can run, and the Show Greyhound where how they run is totally unimportant, but their looks and beauty are on the other hand are alpha and omega.
(The FCI have written a standard for the Show Greyhound which all breeders must adhere to.)
Both types have the same endearing "charisma" and sweet and charming ways and of course they all just love to run free when they have the chance!
Hanne showing a white Greyhound
Here is Hanne showing one of her young stars "Alex" at an international show. (Most of her dogs have an enourmously long list of show titles gained from all over Europe!)

You are welcome to write or ring Hanne Böckhaus, her address is: Torresvej 16, DK-4894 Øster Ulslev, Denmark.
Tel. +45 5487 6006.

janetfm@sighthound.net

CARRY ON TO NEXT PAGE about the Italian Greyhound

Caring for a Greyhound: Greyhounds are easy to care for as their smooth short coat just needs the occasional brushing with a rubber brush and then should be smoothed over with a damp cloth or chamois leather. The dog then shines and you are free of seeing loose hairs around. Occasionally one can bath them in a good quality dog-shampoo. As with all other dogs, nails must be cut regularly and teeth kept clean. They rarely bring dirt into the house and don't smell "doggie". Greyhounds (and Whippets!) always respect if you are busy with something in the home and are happy to just sit quietly beside you - they never run around under your feet and get in the way - they know when they are not wanted and accept this.

A word of warning: Greyhounds, as with other Sighthounds, can be difficult to anesthetize and there are certain dangers attached. Tell your vetinary to take special care, for often they do not require as much anesthetic as ordinary dogs of similar weight. Many have lost their lives at the hands of an inexperienced vet.

The joy of owning such a "royal", elegant, sweet natured and loving Greyhound is just as great whether or not you want to go to dog shows, to racing, agility and obedience or just want an adoring companion always to be around you.

Greyhounds in Denmark are very few and so we have few "rescue" problems or unwanted puppies. It might interest you to know that it is forbidden in Denmark to sell kittens or puppies in pet shops. This does cut down the number of "impulse purchases" that so many people regret later, plus a good deal of cruelty. Nor is there any "puppy mill" to beware of. If you want a greyhound, you go straight to the breeder - who in many cases, will take the dog back if things don't work out. You can also get heaps of good advice about your Greyhound and it's care and all questions answered in full. You may even become friends for life and many come back another time for one more! - You certainly will if it's Hanne you go to!

A Greyhound on the beach in rainy weather

GO BACK TO CHOOSER where you can re-choose some of the pages again!
CARRY ON TO NEXT PAGE about the Italian Greyhound