Retired Racing Greyhounds

Each year approximately 8,000 Greyhounds retire from the racing tracks, Greyhounds make great pets for all kinds of individuals and families. They are relatively low-maintenance, gentle and laid-back dogs that don't need lots of exercise. Greyhounds will gladly spend the rest of their time dozing quietly next to you (often on their backs, with all four legs in the air!).

The majority of greyhounds retire from racing between three and five years of age, so they are still relatively young dogs with a long life ahead of them.


Many of us in the show ring today started out with retired racing Greyhounds, before getting the showbred Greyhound.


All of our club shows have classes for racing/lure coursing Greyhounds as do Hound Club of East Anglia, South East Hound, South Yorkshire Hound to mention a few.

Championship shows with racing classes are Crufts, Hound Assoc, Windsor and Boston.


Registering your retired Greyhound in order to compete at these shows requires you to complete the Register a dog on the breed register | The Kennel Club Shop this will cost £17.00. You must supply your dogs 5 Generation pedigree, which can be acquired from GBGB or NCC/Greyhound Studbook. Your dog must be registered with one of these as well as Kennel Club in order to compete in racing/lure coursing classes in the UK..


Showing your Greyhound is one of the many activities available to enjoy. Greyhounds do very well in the Good Citizen Scheme but obedience training will need to be different and sitting can be uncomfortable for them. Greyhounds can enjoy agility, though some obstacles will need to be tailored to size.


For more information contact Secretary on


Looking to rehoming a retired racing Greyhound, here are some links to help:

form-9 kennel club registration form.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [161.0 KB]

Greyhound Database link

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