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A swift and ancient coursing breed dating from the time of Cleopatra, greyhounds accompanied Spanish explorers to the New World in the 1500s and were present in the colonies by the Revolutionary War. English and Irish imports of the 1800s used their talents to control wild game in the developing American West, and today’s show greyhounds descend from imports in the early 1900s. Built for speed, the greyhound is powerful, symmetrical, balanced and keen. Greyhounds adore human companionship, and indeed are happiest when engaged in play and running. Today, greyhounds are successful show dogs and compete in obedience, agility and coursing events.