Greyhound Trust South Lakes
Charity numbers:  269668 & SCO4404

Fostering and Homing Greyhounds in Cumbria and the South Lakes

This website covers all the Greyhounds coming to the branch from 1st January 2018. To see the 500+ Greyhounds homed between July 2004 and December 2017 visit

The Greyhound

The Greyhound is one of the oldest known breeds and goes back at least 5,000 years.  The Jack Russell on the other hand goes back about 210 years and the Doberman about 120 years.

They are the only dog mentioned by name in the bible.

The Greyhound is the world's fastest dog and one of the 3 fastest land animals.  It's body structure and the way it works being similar to the cheetah allowing it to run over 70 kph of 45 mph and go from 0 to 40 mph in under 2 seconds or about 5 steps.

  Black Greyhound running across sand  

A Greyhound will complete 100 meters in 5.33 seconds compared to Usain Bolt in 9.58 seconds.  In other words Usain is just passing the half way mark when the Greyhound is crossing the finishing line.

The Greyhound when running has a 5 meter stride and uses the four time gate or double suspension gate in the same way as a racehorse.

Ancient Egyptians believed when Greyhounds died they were transported to the "Field of Reads" where they could live for ever.

In the Middle Ages only the nobility could own a Greyhound in England.  The value of a Greyhound exceeded that of a serf, and the punishment for causing the death of a Greyhound was equivalent to the punishment for murder.  To cause the death of a Greyhound meant execution.

Greyhound racing started in 1876, which was some time after coursing began.  The mechanical hare was introduced in 1912.

Famous Greyhound owners include Cleopatra, Henry VIII, Billy the Kid, George Washington, Elizabeth 1, General Custer, Al Capone, Queen Victoria and JK Rowling.