Greyhounds are most popularly known for their racing these days and people in different parts of the world gamble on this form of racing to make some money. Although they are not as popular as horses, they manage to get the attention of a very large audience. In most parts of the United Kingdom, greyhound racing is held regularly and different trainers come out to test their luck.
However, greyhounds were not only used for this purpose in older times and their history is quite interesting. They belong to the ancient time periods and the evidence of their existence can be verified through carvings on Egyptian tombs from 2751 B.C.
Other than that, the Romans mentioned greyhounds in their history, which proves their importance in those times.
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Although the whippets have been around for hundreds of years, they cannot be compared to greyhounds. Their breed started by the combination of Italian greyhounds and a terrier-type dog.
In early days, people who could not afford buying horses for racing spent money on buying whippets, as they were inexpensive. This is why they were known to be “the poor man's racehorse.”
The whippets were earlier found in England, but came to the United States in the early 1900's. Afterwards, their racing became quite popular in the country and Massachusetts was considered as the home to such racing.
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