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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Orlando SentinelIf the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club — which has long offered live greyhound racing at its Longwood facility — wanted to add card rooms or poker tables, it would have to be approved by a majority of Seminole County voters rather than city leaders ...
The Queensland TimesRACING Queensland is remaining tight-lipped on plans to buy land for a new greyhound and harness racing track in south-east Queensland. Following the decision not to include a greyhound track within the infield section of what is to be the revamped ...
Daytona Beach News-JournalFans and track patrons bet more than $80 million on live greyhound racing last year, according to Jack Cory with the Florida Greyhound Association. Moreover, the industry generated $11 million in revenue for the state, and it creates more than 3,000 ...
ABC Action NewsA constitutional amendment is in the works to phase out Greyhound racing for good in the Sunshine State.
Romford RecorderSpeaking to the Racing Post, racing manager Peter O'Dowd said: “We hope to reschedule it at a later date but obviously everything is up in the air at the moment. “I've also got to investigate opportunities for our graded greyhounds to run, perhaps ...
Herald SunThe jungle theme will be the backdrop to the middle-distance group 1 race over 600m at The Meadows. The race was named the Hume Cup to signify the “strong relationship” between The Meadows (Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association) and Hume ...
NEWS.com.auADELAIDE greyhound trainer Rebecca McAuley-Fry couldn't believe her bad luck when her greyhound Loceryl had a run-in with a duck at Gawler.Punters.com.au
The Queensland TimesThe Consolation of the Gold Cup could see pin-up greyhound Cyndie's Magic storm home to victory if the track is dry and firm. The 431 metres Ipswich Sprint final is a tough race. The Terry Guymer trained Aim should be suited by drawing box one. A new ...
Geelong Advertiser“There are seven other dogs in the race and whoever has a bit of luck is going to win the race.” Kouta Mayhem takes out last Friday night's Melbourne Cup heat. Pic: Clint Anderson. One of those other greyhounds is Up Hill Jill, trained by Lara's David ...
CardsChat.comOrange Park Mayor Scott Land has called for lawmakers to separate poker and greyhound racing after a dog doping incident.
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