I’m one of the most gentle dogs around, but hold my leash tight: I can run up to 35 miles an hour! Originally bred for rabbit hunts and racing, I’m extremely affectionate and obedient. In fact, I’m almost hypersensitive, being quite bothered by any physical or verbal harshness. I’m patient with children, and my loving nature makes me a good therapy dog. Early socialization is key to avoid any social timidity.
My energy level isn’t extreme: a long walk or brief enclosed run every day will meet my needs. I’m built for sprints, so don’t count on me as a long-distance running partner. I’m very smart and easy to train—but will bark and chase small prey. I don’t like cold weather or being alone. New dog owners should be fine with me.
I’m a lean 18 to 22 inches tall and 20 to 40 pounds. My coat is very short and smooth, and it can be virtually any color or combination with various spots and patches. Black, white, red, blue, cream, fawn, and brindle are common colors. I have no doggy odor and barely shed; weekly use of a curry brush or hound mitt is all the grooming I need.
Despite my whispy frame, I’m a very healthy dog who’s susceptible mainly to deafness and eye problems. My thin coat does increase the risk of nicks and cuts. With good care, a secure yard, and a soft bed for my bony joints, I’ll be an affectionate family friend for 12 to 15 years.