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Dr. Alysia Deaven

Greys and Strays, LLC
2686 S. Pine Grove St.
Jonestown, PA 17038
717 304 9987

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Gerry & Abby Davis are catching up on what it means to be a greyhound

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Wellness Websites:

There are many great pet wellness websites out there, some specific to greyhounds, some now. Check these out...

  • Ohio State University Greyhound Health and Wellness Program : -  This is one of the best web sites ever in terms of research projects and education about greyhound health.

  • "Greyt Health" by Suzanne Stack, DVM, This is also an excellent health site. She often visits the listservs with information and is right on.

  • Pet Place is a good place to find general information about the health of dogs. The web site is

  • American Veterinary Medical Association -- this site offers all kinds of science and social information about animals.

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Suggested reading: 

Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood


A Dog With A Past -- History of the Breed

Greyhounds have had a special place in history for a long time. Until modern times, they were treasured by their owners, usually royalty or noblemen, and treated as one of the family.


Ancient Times 

Greyhounds, as we know them today, were worshipped in ancient Egypt. The death of a favorite greyhound was treated the same as the death of a human. Families shaved heads, stopped eating, wailed, mummified and buried their pets with their owners. Greyhounds traveled from ancient Egypt to ancient Greece and were treated with the same reverence. The same is true for ancient Rome. Gods in all three cultures were portrayed with greyhounds -- Anubis in Egypt is sometimes interpreted as part man, part hound. The Greek Gods Hecate, Pollux, and Artemis all had greyhounds as companions. In Rome, Diana was just one of the many gods who were portrayed with greyhounds. It appears that in ancient Rome greyhound racing after hares started as a sport.


Medieval Times 

Greyhounds almost became extinct during the Middle Ages as famine and pestilence spread across the land. Men of the cloth saved them, and the nobility claimed them as an exclusive right of theirs. During the Renaissance greyhounds were painted and immortalized. Both Chaucer and Shakespeare mentioned greyhounds in their literature.


In the 1700's greyhound coursing became popular and spread across Britain and Europe. During the same time, bulldogs were bred with greyhounds by an English nobleman named Lord Orford; these crosses continued for 7 generations, and were very popular.


Getting To America 

As the Britons immigrated to America, they brought their greyhounds with them and found them ideally suited to chase down rabbits that were interfering with their crops. This led to bets and wagers among the farmers as to who had the fastest dog. In the 1900's, an artificial lure and an oval track led to the first formal greyhound wagering, the forerunner of our greyhound racetracks.


A greyt book all about your greyhound's past is The Reign of the Greyhound -- A Popular History of the Oldest Family of Dogs, by Cynthia Branigan. All book stores carry it and it is highly recommended and fun reading!


Additionally, there are a lot of Web sites devoted to greyhound adoption. The Greyhound Project, A Breed Apart , The Greyhound Gang (and, of course, the Keystone Greyhounds) are some of the best! They have tons of information on history and adoption of these wonderful dogs. 


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A Dog with A Past -- Racing History


Ear Tattoos 

Tattoos are applied by the breeder at 3 months of age to puppies to ensure a permanent and positive ID of each potential racer.


Birth date 

The right ear tells the month and year the puppy was born. Example 1: 88A means the puppy was born in the eighth (8) month of 1998 (8), and is the first (A) dog in the litter to be tattoed. Example 2: 120E means the puppy was born in the twelfth month (12) of 2000 (0) and is the fifth (E) dog in the litter to be tattoed.


Registration ID 

The left ear has 4-5 digits and is the litter registration number with the National Greyhound Association. This number is checked every time the dog is raced to ensure it is the correct dog racing. You can use the numbers to help locate your pet if lost.


A good contact is The National Greyhound Association at Box 543, Abilene, KS 67410, (913) 263-4660. They maintain a computer dog registry. They'll give you your greyhound's racing name, his birth date, his birth place, his mom's name, his dad's name and the current owner of record. You can write to that owner and send a form to get your greyhound's ownership transferred over to you (Blue Slip).


Their Former Life 

Greyhounds usually produce litters of 4-10 puppies. Once weaned, puppies are placed in a fenced area to play and grow. When they are around one year old they are kenneled and their track training begins. They are taught to chase a lure and race counter clockwise. It is at this time that it is determined whether they will become racers or not.


When greyhounds are kenneled, they are kept crated for the majority of their time. Crates are placed one on top of another, side by side. The girls are usually placed in the upper crates and the boys on the bottom. Crates are usually 3 feet by 2 feet.


Trainers usually care for 20-60 dogs within a kennel. Greyhounds are muzzled and let out with a pack of other same-sex greyhounds up to 5 times a day, depending on the kennel, to relieve themselves. A racing or training greyhound is also let out of the kennel to go to the track race up to twice a week.


They are fed once a day with a variety of food -- usually soft, high-protein and inexpensive. They are not neutered or spayed in case they will be used for breeding purposes.


This is what a greyhound knows until you bring him home.


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Quick Facts

  • Most retired racers are between two and five years old, and will live to 12-14 years of age. 

  • Males are 26 to 30 inches high. 

  • Females are 23 to 26 inches high. 

  • Males are between 65 and 85 pounds. 

  • Females are between 50 and 65 pounds. 

  • Greyhounds come in many colors -- brindle, black, white, fawn or a combination of these colors.


Some things to consider: 

  • Greyhounds are friendly affectionate dogs who thrive on human companionship and adapt to retirement quickly. 

  • They do not require large amounts of exercise, but do need one or two walks a day if you do not have an adequately fenced in yard. They enjoy a sprint in a fenced in area once or twice a week. 

  • They eat 2-4 cups of dry food a day, depending on weight and activity level. Most Greyhounds do well with other pets and small children. We will be sure to match your Greyhound to your family needs. 

  • Greyhounds do shed but very little compared to most breeds. People with allergies may find themselves able to tolerate this breed due to low dander levels. 

  • Housebreaking is relatively easy, as they are kennel broken. This means they've been trained to go outside and keep their crates clean. If they are walked frequently at first, they will learn to relieve themselves outside.

  • Greyhounds MUST live indoors as they do not tolerate heat or cold well.  They can never be tied outside.  They must always be on a leash when outside in an unfenced area as they do not understand the dangers of traffic and the 'wild'.  

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