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!

The Queensland TimesPLANS for a new greyhound track in Ipswich do not have support from all mayoral candidates. The issue was raised at Monday night's Australian Christian Lobby election forum where candidates were asked to give a "yes" or "no" answer to "do you support a ...
Edmonton JournalAs soon as she walked by a racing track while on vacation in 2000 with her husband John Ward in Arizona, Debbie Ward knew her next dog was going to be a greyhound. Although she grew up with dogs and had been around them for her entire life, she ...
Paulick ReportFor the first time in history, Florida gambling regulators have approved a request by the Magic City Casino, a greyhound racecourse in Miami, to do away with dog racing while still maintaining its slot machines and card games, according to the Sun ...Florida Times-UnionCasino.Org News
Miami Herald (blog)Last session a bill that would ban steroid doping at the dog tracks also failed, along with legislation to “decouple” dog racing from state gambling licenses allowing poker rooms and slot casinos. The bill failed despite racino operators begging to get ...
The LedgerTALLAHASSEE — Florida gambling regulators this week gave a Miami dog track permission to ditch greyhound races but keep more lucrative slot machines and card games, in a first-of-its-kind ruling. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation ...
Newcastle HeraldFive greyhound identities disqualified over grisly discovery at the Keinbah Trial Track.
SouthFlorida.comGetting permission to close the track took a few years, says Scott Savin, who is COO at Magic City Casino and CEO at the Casino at Dania Beach. According to Savin, regulators finally said, “You can switch from dog racing to jai alai as long as you play ...
CBS MiamiTALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Operators of the Mardi Gras Casino and Racetrack have asked state regulators to back away from a decision that would allow a rival Miami greyhound track to end dog racing while continuing to offer slot machines.
New Zealand HeraldOne has to really feel for greyhound commentator Mark Rosanowski when he calls this evening's open class 520m event (Race 9). It promises to be a 'Bigtime' ...
LagniappeSince 1973, Mobile Greyhound Park has offered both live dog races and simulcasted dog and horse races. In previous years, live greyhound races have generated millions of dollars from bets placed at the track, but those revenues have steadily declined ...Casino Games Pro
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