Animal anthropologists generally agree that the Greyhound-type dog is one of the seminal canine breeds from which virtually all domestic dogs descend. They can be traced back over 8,000 years to early cave drawings and decorative artifacts. The distinguishable modern Greyhounds are descendants of an ancient identifiable breed that goes back to the Egyptians and Celts. The Egyptians worshipped Greyhounds as a god and frequently showed them on murals in the tombs of kings.
They are known for their lean and slender build, this dog breed can reach speeds of 40 to 45 miles per hour, making them the Ferraris of the dog world. This means they need more activity to distract from their exuberant energy. So at the end of the day’s activities, they need a bed that provides ample support and comfort.
Factors to consider:
Size and Weight:
When it comes to choosing the right size bed for your greyhound, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, you want to make sure that the bed is long enough to accommodate your dog’s full body length. This means that you should measure your greyhound from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail, and then add a few inches to that measurement to ensure that they have plenty of room to stretch out.
Males are usually 71 to 76 centimetres (28 to 30 in) tall at the withers, and weigh on average 27 to 40 kilograms (60 to 88 lb). Females tend to be smaller, with shoulder heights ranging from 66 to 71 centimetres (26 to 28 in) and weights from 25 to 34 kilograms (55 to 75 lb).
When it comes to the actual size of the bed, you should look for one that is at least 36 inches wide and 48 inches long. This size will provide your Greyhound with plenty of room to stretch out and get comfortable. If you have a larger Greyhound, you may want to look for a bed that is even larger.
How does your dog sleep? This seems like an odd question, but stay with me. Greyhounds have a unique sleeping posture, most Greyhounds lay on their side with their legs outstretched when they sleep.
So, finding a bed that accommodates this without moving their legs around to fit is essential, and you will need to find a bed that fits somewhere comfortably without encroaching on their leg space. Beds with bolsters or raised sides can provide a sense of security and support for their body.
Because your dog will spend so much time in their new bed, getting a durable one is essential. As large and active dogs, greyhounds may be more prone to rough handling, so the bed should be made of durable materials that can withstand their playfulness. Ensure the seams are solid and unlikely to rip – dogs chew at their bed, especially if they get anxious.
If your Greyhound likes to tear apart stuffed toys, a fluffy fleece bed won’t last very long, so you should spend your money on something sturdier.
You’ll also want to look for a nice, thick fabric and plenty of stuffing to keep the bed’s solid shape. Any flimsy stitching or thin material could lead to your dog eating the stuffing in the bed, which might cause some serious health issues later on.
Additionally, beds with higher edges can protect smaller greyhounds from falling off and injuring themselves.
If you are planning to own a Greyhound, remember that they do not tolerate extreme weather really well. First, little body fat (coupled with their short, sleek fur) means that they have a harder time staying warm than, say, a German Shepherd or a Husky. This dog breed will have difficulty in both cold winter seasons and hot summer days. So, it’s important to choose a bed that helps keep them warm in the winter (but not terribly hot in the summer) AND that offers plenty of support for their lean bodies.
Dogs can be messy hence the need to find a bed that you can clean easily. To combat this, you will need a waterproof cover that can be wiped clean easily or a removable cover which can be machine washed. A machine-washable cover will make your life much easier. Once you notice a doggy smell on the dog bed, throw it in to wash for 40 minutes, and it’s as good as new.
If your dog is in a damp environment then a waterproof base with a comfortable pad would be a good investment.
Greyhounds tend to have short and thin fur. Soft, caring, plush covers feel wonderful on a Greyhound’s skin as they rest. Greyhounds also have sensitive skin. Clean materials are also a must for your greyhound to feel comfortable. We recommend hypoallergenic fabrics too for fragile, rash-prone skin.
For greyhounds, orthopedic beds top the list in that they provide extra support to their large muscles relieving pain from joints and the hip area. It conforms to your dog’s shape while supporting their aching joints.
In conclusion, choosing the right size bed for your greyhound is essential for ensuring their comfort and well-being. By taking the time to measure your dog and consider their unique needs, you can find a bed that provides them with the perfect sleeping surface and helps them get the rest they need to stay healthy and happy.