One of the oldest breeds of dogs, the Greyhound traces back over 8,000 years to early cave drawings and ancient Egyptian artifacts. Today, the greyhound is the champion sprinter of dogdom known for its gentle and quiet disposition. The dog does have a strong prey drive and may not be suitable for homes with small pets. The greyhound is tolerant of children being non-aggressive. A safe place is needed for the dog to run, but long periods of exercise are not required. This dog is the perfect pet for a family who wants a large dog, but one that is both streamlined and clean. The greyhound is an average shedder, and the short coat does not require a lot of grooming.