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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ReutersWhile dog racing has been popular in Macau since the 1930s, demand to see the wiry hounds chase a mechanical bunny around a track has waned in the past decade as authorities try to reposition the former Portuguese colony as an international tourism ...
Spectator.co.ukThe tracksuited punter dug into a paper bowl of chips at Towcester in the glorious late-spring sunshine, 'Look at it, all of it. Who would go abroad if England is like this?' The Northamptonshire racecourse is a glittering gem of a spot, created as a ...
New Zealand HeraldThe $88,000 Duke Of Edinburgh Silver Collar is a tough, gut-busting 779m greyhound staying endurance event with the race distance being the longest race contested in Australasia. Making it even tougher is the quick back-up over the extreme trip which ...
TNT MagazineIt was his 89th race, and despite his seemingly old age, being a four-year-old racer still proved to be a huge advantage as it gave him enough experience and confidence when it comes to dusting his competitions in the race track. Ring the Bell, who was ...
KCRGThe Iowa Greyhound Association is a non-profit group that runs the only greyhound racetrack left in the entire state. It receives about $10 million per year from in-state casinos to keep the track open, $1 million of that coming directly from Q Casino ...
The SunGreyhound Tristar tested positive for cocaine after racing to victory in a 480m race at a track in Lanarkshire. Trainer William Rae, 70, told a disciplinary hearing his dog had been patted by someone who looked like a drug user days before. But an ...The Scottish Sun
New Zealand HeraldThe Ray Adcock-prepared dog produced a sustained staying performance over the demanding 779m endurance test. Ring The Bell seized the race lead with a lap of the track to run, however when racing down the back straight the second time, he handed up ...
Betting.betfairROEDHELM TURBO (Trap 4) has quickly paid his way in his short time on the track and can notch up a third win in the 18:27 sprint. ... That was his first appearance in a race for over a year and he can start making up for lost time having been a smart pup.
Greeley TribuneBefore the state's greyhound racing circuit, which included a meeting at Cloverleaf Dog Track in Loveland, died out, Christiansen was a kennel co-owner and watched his dogs chase the mechanical lures around the oval tracks. "I'm all for gambling," ...
telegraphherald.comJean Hallahan, director of mutuels and assistant general manager at Iowa Greyhound Park, said the handle — or amount wagered — at the park was up nearly $100,000 during the first four days of racing in 2018, compared to the first four races last year ...
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