About Greyhounds

Few animals have inspired such loyalty, admiration or national controversy as the Racing Greyhound. It is astounding to consider the amount of publicity received by these fun-loving sporting dogs and the amount of public misinformation surrounding them.

Let's take this opportunity to address some of these misconceptions and see if we can shine a different light on the incredible dog that inspires one of the leading spectator sports in America ....

To begin with, Racing Greyhounds are very valuable. The average Greyhound is more expensive than practically any other pure breed of dog. While most purebred dogs of other breeds are sold as cute puppies because the general public doesn't want them much older than the tender age of Eight weeks or less, Racing Greyhounds are an entirely different story. The value of a Racing Greyhound goes up, not down, the closer it gets to maturity.

Racing Greyhounds are not the only purebred dogs with income potential. If managed intelligently, purebred animals of the highest quality earn their owners and handlers considerable incomes whether they be horses, dogs, birds or any purebred animal of carefully developed and sought after bloodlines. But few dogs have the potential to earn $250,000 or more as a Greyhound can do. This being said, it should be clear that Greyhounds are valuable to their owners and to those who care for them.

Most people, even those who believe they are experts in what Greyhounds are all about, have never seen a Greyhound puppy. They have never hoped with excitement for a prized litter, have never sat up all night drinking coffee to stay awake, and brought a Greyhound into this world with their own hands. They haven't comforted the mother, helped that puppy to nurse or fed it with a bottle because mother might need a little help. Because of this, they miss out on the sudden ways a Greyhound puppy rushes even before its eyes are open, the way its body feels compared to other breeds of dogs and the almost wild quality of its natural instincts. In other words, they have never completely known the love of the Greyhound and its nature.

Greyhound puppies are generally raised with their brothers and sisters as a family. They are not mentally or emotionally confused as to whether they are human or animal as many purebred dogs are and consequently they develop their natural instincts very well. The family bond remains unbroken throughout their puppyhood and often longer.

At most kennel facilities, they can romp and play, argue and fight, and run to their heart's content in large fields. As they grow up, they are taught how to nest in a crate, walk on a leash, have their nails trimmed, jump up on things, climb steps, walk on different surfaces, swim, chase after toys, go for hikes in the woods, go for walks in crowds of people, run out of a starting box as fast as they can -- in general, anything that will help them succeed at the track. Could you train a Greyhound for the track? Anyone who loves dogs could do a good job of getting Greyhound puppies ready for the track as long as they understand the work the dogs will be doing once they get there. The important thing is keeping it fun for them -- and for everybody else!

Some of the foremost sports veterinarians and experts on the cutting edge say that most racehorses and racing dogs have lost the race before they ever get to the track. This is a surprising thing to say, but has to do with "Going the extra mile." Anything that can be done to develop and protect the Greyhound athlete's mental, emotional and physical health can only pay off at the track and afterwards.

Because of this, many of those in the Greyhound industry use chiropractic care, acupuncture, magnetic therapy and massage as well as the latest, most up to date vitamins, supplements and fresh foods for their dogs. And why not? Their livlihood depends on healthy Greyhounds winning exciting races and giving the public first class entertainment in what is considered to be one of the largest spectator sports in America and around the world.

Hot Off the Press!

Mackay Daily MercuryUPDATE: The plan to build a greyhound racing track at Cronulla Park in Logan has officially been scrapped to make way for a new youth and sporting facility which will benefit more residents in the long term. The 10 hectare site on the corner of Compton ...
Florida Times-UnionWhat seems like a tragic accident happens often at a dozen dog tracks across the state, says a national non-profit dedicated to saving greyhounds and ending the practice of dog racing. Stats compiled by the state show that 367 dogs died at tracks in ...
Insider Media"Under William Hill's ownership the facilities have been well maintained and the tracks have staged high-quality competitive greyhound racing which has been popular with punters, both on and off track. SIS is committed to maintain and build upon the ...iGaming Business
Australian Racing Greyhound.comQUEENSLAND greyhound racing has been dealt a blow with plans for a new track in the south of Brisbane canned. The 10 hectare block at Slacks Creek in Logan has now been promised to local council for redevelopment, with $6.6 million pledged to help ...Courier Mail
Australian Racing Greyhound.comPROMINENT Victorian conditioner Geoff Collins has labelled Greyhound Racing Victoria's decision to introduce the finish-on style lure as 'pointless' unless the authority body abolishes the traditional catching pen. GRV announced that the 'hoop' arm ...
Tampabay.com (blog)... to Derby Lane after a 20-year hiatus. facebook.com/everyk9. The Mutt Derby returned to Derby Lane after a 20-year hiatus. 20. February. 0. Comments. What happens when you take a bunch of regular dogs and try to get them to race on a greyhound track?
CalvinAyre.comPicture and data from the tracks will be added to SIS' existing portfolio of rights from Monmore, Crayford, Hove, and Romford, ensuring they will able to continue to provide high quality greyhound racing to betting markets from tracks either owned or ...
RTE.ieThe IGB today closed the stadium and announced that it will be sold, bringing an end to 88 years of greyhound racing at the south Dublin stadium. With a debt of €20.3m, the IGB see the sale of the stadium as a solution to their ... Redmond put the ...Irish Times
The Spokesman-Review (blog)Legislation to grant an exception from Idaho's strict ban on dog racing for short-track exhibition dog races at county fairs that are betting-free cleared the House ...Twin Falls Times-News
Irish TimesHarold's Cross, like all dog tracks, struck me as a place where diverse parts of the community, locals, tourists, greyhound obsessives and the one-off party package goers came together. Everyone had a good time, there was never any trouble and the ...
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