of dogs bred to hunt by sight
as opposed to the scenthound
s such as beagle
s, and bloodhound
s. The most common of these dogs are greyhounds fleethounds
. They have exceptionally good vision, good endurance, and the ability for sprinting very fast
over short distances. The basic build of the group is very long slender almost deerlike legs
, a very thin, long chest (much like the keelbone
of a bird, really), high tucked-up stomach, long thin tail and a very narrow face with a long nose--a very efficient, aerodnamic build for speed.
These dogs can be high-strung just because of the sheer amount of physical energy they have, so they are not dogs to keep in a small apartment, but they are very loyal and sweet, quite intelligent, and if you have space make wonderful pets.