Why Greyhounds?

By | November 15, 2004

There are many different ideas of where the name Greyhound has come from. In Old English the term “Greyhound”, “Gre-hundr” grech or greg, means dog or hundr, meaning hunter.

Romans believe that the Greyhounds came from Gaul ( Western Europe) which is the land of the Celts. The Celts believe that the Greyhounds came from Greece which they called “Greek hounds” which turned into Greyhounds.

Others simply believe that the name Greyhound came from the original color which was gray.

There are now 18 recognized colors of Greyhounds. They are breed for speed not color. They are as follows:

  • Blue Brindle
  • Black and White
  • Fawn Brindle
  • Brindle
  • Fawn
  • White and Black
  • Red Brindle
  • Black Brindle
  • Light Red Fawn
  • Red and White
  • Light Brindle
  • Blue (gray)
  • Red Fawn
  • White and Brindle Tick
  • Dark Brindle
  • Black
  • Dark Red
  • White and Brindle