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Greyhound trivia

Published October 16. 2009 05:00PM

• Greyhounds are often considered a "universal" donor of blood, much like the human blood type O positive. Their blood also contains a higher concentration of red blood cells than most other breeds. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body.

• Greyhounds are one of the oldest breeds of dogs the dogs featured in Ancient Egyptian drawings appear similar to greyhounds.

• English law once prohibited common man from owning greyhounds. Ownership of these dogs was limited strictly to royalty.

• Greyhounds first migrated to America with their British owners. Farmers would use the breed to chase rabbits from their crops, betting on which dog was faster.

• The average greyhound enjoys a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.

• Most racing greyhounds are retired before the age of four, but the mandatory retirement age for the breed is age six.

Pocono Greyhound Adoption

PGA is always looking for more foster families and "forever homes." If you are interested in adopting or fostering a greyhound or want to learn more about this unique breed, visit

For more information, contact: Craig Shide at (570) 386-3440.

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