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.

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The GuardianA report recommending greyhounds race on straight tracks against fewer opponents has been welcomed by the NSW racing minister, but it's not clear who would foot the bill for such an overhaul of the industry. The report, authored by the University of ...
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 ...
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 ...Casino.Org News
Miami HeraldFlorida 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 on Wednesday ...
Daily Racing FormTim Ritvo, the chief operating officer of the racing division of The Stronach Group, said he made the request to several state legislators and the racing commission after meeting with George and Chris Carney, the owners of the greyhound track, earlier ...
BloodHorse.com (press release) (registration) (blog)The two-day live racing festivals continue on the weekends of August 5-6 and September 2-3. Passage of the bill also means that former greyhound tracks may continue to simulcast year-round without having to run a live meet. In addition to be the state ...
World Casino DirectoryIn a first of its kind ruling, Florida gambling regulators have reportedly given casino operator West Flagler Associates Limited permission to close the dog racing track at its Magic City Casino and replace it with a jai-alai fronton all the while ...
Thedogs.com.au“If you are thinking about adopting and want to find out more information, this is a great opportunity as staff from Greyhounds As Pets will be on hand to answer any of your questions while you meet and interact with some of our friendly greyhounds ...
First Coast NewsFlorida law does not require a racing employee be present for the testing unless the animal is a racehorse. The state is only required to notify the trainer of a dog in their care testing positive, leaving the kennel and race track potentially unaware ...
Springfield News-LeaderAlane Shultz has facilitated a lot of greyhound adoptions over the past 25 years — more than 1,300, in fact. Shultz has also seen the need for her services lighten somewhat, as the number of dog racing tracks has decreased from near 60 in 1992 to 19 ...
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