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One of the worlds most impressive canine athletes, the Greyhound is an equally exceptional companion dog! Born to run, this speedy sighthound breed is at once gentle and affectionate, requiring surprisingly little of his human family. Whether adopted through a rescue program or purchased as a puppy from a breeder, the Greyhound proves to be one of the most rewarding companion animals and one of the easiest dogs to live with. This Comprehensive Owners Guide begins with a superbly illustrated chapter on the history of the Greyhound, tracing the breeds long and mysterious origins in Asia and Europe to modern-day England and America where the breed has long been revered as a coursing dog, hunter, racer, show dog and companion. The characteristics chapter expounds upon the breeds personality and physical traits, offers advice for rescuers and warnings about health concerns specific to Greyhounds.
New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a reputable breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are illustrated with photographs of handsome adults and puppies. In all, there are over 135 full-color photographs in this useful and reliable volume. The authors advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train into the most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive and lavishly illustrated chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical dogs, breeders, or kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control. Fully indexed.