At the House, we support responsibility over everything else – responsible owners, responsible rescues, responsible organizations, and responsible breeders. We don’t discriminate when it comes to how people choose to interact with their animals, so long as everyone is responsible when doing so. To aid in helping responsible owners find their next greyhound, we’ve compiled resources together and split them into two sections – breeding/buying, and rescue/retired racer. Resources are organized according to like type, and some resources overlap between the two sections. Resources are split using fancy fleurons, to help interested folks find their areas more easily.
☙ Racing ❧
Information related to racing is listed below. Some adopters are very curious about what their dog’s life was like before he was retired, and the resources listed below aim to satisfy some of that curiosity.
National Greyhound Association (NGA) : The NGA governs greyhound racing in the United States of America, and their website contains a wealth of information related to the sport. From track replays to statistics to registration forms, the NGA website can help assist adopters in collecting all the information they need to know about their hound.
Greyhound Board of Great Britain : The GBGB is the main governing board for greyhound racing in the UK. Registration is typically done using documents from the Greyhound Studbook or the Irish Coursing Club. Their website contains mostly track results, and information on how to register and compete with a greyhound.
The Greyhound Studbook / The National Coursing Club : The NCC is not quite a greyhound racing club so much as it is a coursing club – similar, but different. The Studbook is published annually, and contains information on all coursing and racing greyhounds born that year, along with other information.
The Irish Coursing Club : Similar in function the NCC, just governing Ireland.
TrackInfo : TrackInfo is a website that collects race results and video footage for greyhound races, as well as horse races. It’s particularly useful for its video replays, and the fact that it retains race results for individual dogs over the lifetime of the dog. I have personally been able to find race results going back to 2012, and have heard that information is available for even earlier.
Greyhound Data : Greyhound Data is a website that is useful for multiple reasons, but not the least of which is the comprehensive pedigree database that it sports. Simply pop his name into the search, and find all the information you would want to know about his pedigree, offspring, littermates, and more. In addition, Greyhound Data also has information on racing history, and has a fairly active classifieds section as well.
☙ Retirement ❧
So now your dog is retired, and he’s yours – what next? The resources below aim to shed some light on the transition between active racing hound to retired couch potato.
“Adopting The Racing Greyhound” by Cynthia Branigan : This book has long been considered something of a Bible for retired racing enthusiasts. Covering everything from basic training to food transition to the dreaded stairs, this book is notable for its detailed information on the medical differences between greyhounds and other breeds. Touching on comparison studies between the greyhound and other sighthounds, it also includes a bit of breed history. Overall, a fantastic book.
“Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies” by Lee Livingood : Like many in the For Dummies book series, this book is intended for the complete rookie. Those who have owned retired racers before won’t find too much that is new in this book, though newbies will find it to be full of useful information. While I would still recommend Cynthia Branigan’s book first and foremost, the easy navigation in the For Dummies book – along with the quick-and-easy lists that cover all the basics – make it a welcome addition to the bookshelf.
“Born To Run: The Racing Greyhound From Competitor To Companion” by Ryan Reed : Chronicling what happens behind the scenes at a race track, the author attempts to disprove some of the more common myths about what happens to the racers in their daily lives. It includes photographs, and is a quaint read for those looking for further information about the history of greyhound racing (and who are okay with it being mostly an anecdotal read).
Recycled Racers Greyhound Care Manual : While I take issue with the “pack theory” statements (pack/dominance theory has been disproved), the majority of this manual is exceptionally good, and indeed also references some of the portions of books also on this list. It contains a comprehensive list of everything that a new adopter needs to know and walks through some of the common hiccups that occur within the first few weeks, and is an invaluable resource for its quick navigation.
☙ About The Breed : Rescue Edition ❧
This section includes books, websites, and clubs related to greyhounds specifically. It is not meant to be comprehensive, but instead will give a solid foundation from which to continue further research. This section is designed with rescued/retired greyhounds in mind, and includes a few different “About The Breed” resources than our Buying/Breeder Resources page.
“Greyhounds: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual” by Caroline Coile, PhD : This book contains basic information specific to the greyhound breed, and includes a chapter dedicated entirely to pet owners who acquired their hound as a rescue. The history is succinct, the chapters are short yet full of information, and overall this is a strong book that will provide enough details to give an idea of whether or not this is the breed for you.
“The Ultimate Greyhound” by Mark Sullivan : This comprehensive book is a staple recommendation, as it includes sections dedicated to both racing and show greyhounds, in addition to a thorough history and comparison between other sighthound breeds. Full of beautiful colour photos and plenty of interesting tidbits, this book is very good at fleshing out foundation information, and should be considered a supplement as opposed to a basic foundation book.
“The Reign of the Greyhound” by Cynthia Branigan : For those who are curious about the historical trajectory of the greyhound breed, this is the book for you. Full of black and white reproductions of drawings, sketches, and paintings, this book delves into the nitty-gritty of the greyhound’s development, and is an excellent gift for the canine historian. Covers everything from ancient history to modern times.
Greytalk : Greytalk is an online forum community for retired racing greyhounds. Given that it is a forum community, it’s important to keep in mind that one should take advice dispensed with a grain of salt. Still, the turnaround time on questions asked is very quick, and for the most part the information is quite good. Additionally, Greytalk is on Facebook too.