Their origin is not really clear, but it is known, that dogs of this type already existed in ancient Egypt and survived to this day in a form almost unchanged in Arabs and the Middle East. They serve as hounds for chewing desert game. They are typical inhabitants of large open spaces. They are characterized by speed and keen eyesight. Their sense of smell, however, is rather weak, anyway, with game rushing in the steppe, they did not need him. They are rather independent and not suitable for training. Carol I, greyhound lover, maybe he put them most accurately: "They love, but never flatter, love without flattery ". In Europe, having lost their importance as utility hunting dogs, they survived as representative human companions.
To his development, health and wellness greyhounds require a lot of space for runs and exercise. Failing to do so, they go limp and lose their appearance. In European conditions, they would probably be doomed to extinction, if not for the national tradition of racing and betting in England, where next to the horse racing (and maybe even in front of them) dog racing after artificial hares has gained immeasurable popularity in the masses, connected to the totalizer. In England, interest in sighthounds has grown steadily since the middle of the last century. Thousands of people are busy farming, training, organization of races, track service, food production and other auxiliary activities. With good results in races, dog owners are ensured a considerable income from both won prizes, as well as in the form of sometimes very high sums obtained from the sale of dogs. Also at our neighbors - in the Czech Republic, in Germany, as well as in Hungary - the sport is gaining popularity, and the competition attracts numerous visitors from abroad. Greyhound races have started to be organized here as well, a w 1978 r. established as part of the Kennel Club "Racing Greyhound Club”, who organizes these races. This contributes to the increase of public interest in these races.
It should be mentioned here, that in addition to track racing, the hunting sport of hare chewing in natural terrain is practiced in England. There are competitions called "coursing."”, these are chases after an artificial hare. A pair of dogs enter the competition, one of which is replaced by a white one, and the other a red collar. Hunting staff (often with the help of flushing people) searches for a hare and after moving it - releases both greyhounds. The judge follows the chase on horseback, assessing the work of dogs according to the regulations, whose , its origins go back to the time of Elizabeth I., the last of the Tudor family (end of the 16th century). Victory is announced with a handkerchief the color of the dog's collar. These competitions are of course (in line with English traditions) an opportunity for betting, and dogs famous for their winnings go down in the history of the Greyhound breed, just like the famous racehorses. It should be emphasized, that it is by no means required to actually catch the hare. For ten races, as a rule, nine end with the escape of the hare to the field fire stations. The very catching of the hare is also scored low, and the main points are awarded to dogs for a good start, quick chase, reflexes and agile turns for a key hare. In a word, these chases are treated as a sports competition between a pair of greyhounds and a hare, but practically the hare has 9 chances of 10, to get out alive.