How to trace your greyhound's past
Ever wondered what your retired racing greyhound’s life was like before adoption? Where did it come from? Who raised it? Why does it have tattoos in its ears? Where do its quirks come from?
If you find yourself asking any or all of the above questions, you’re in the right place to find the answers!
You’re in luck! – Racing greyhounds are one of the world’s most traceable breeds. You can find your greyhound’s pedigree, siblings, races, and even adorable pictures and many more things, if you know where to look.
WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN DO TRACE MY GREYHOUND'S PAST?
There are two common ways of getting an idea about the athlete that now lives with you:
You know its former official racing name (if you don’t, ask the adoption group to provide you with the info)
Your retired racing greyhound has ear tattoos. Depending on the country where your greyhound was born, it sports tattoos in either both ears or only in one
Where do I find information?
We’ll start off by telling you how we were able to find out more. These days though, there is great support from groups online.
We started by simply putting the official racing name in Google. This provided us with race results from the Irish Greyhound Board. While offering limited access to information, we were able to watch most of Sky’s professional racing videos.
Excited with our first bounty, we started to dig even deeper and learned about the plentiful world of Greyhound-Data.com.
Pedigree information from the last FOUR centuries, you guys! That’s about four times more than what I know about my own heritage:-) Have fun tracking your longgirls’ & longbois’ lineage and spotting siblings.
Greyhound-Data offers a mind-blowing amount of info and numbers and statistics – just about anything in relation to your former racing greyhound! If you sign up for an account, you get to research and uncover even more. Thanks to Greyhound-Data we were able to verify Sky’s correct birthday, his former owners, and more. Many greyhounds are registered with a bunch of additional info, such as weight (so you know how to gauge it once you adopt) and their proper kennel name (which is the pet name of a racing greyhound as opposed to its formal racing name). On top of that, you can – and you absolutely should! – get yourself registered as the ‘Adopted Owner’ of your retired racing greyhound. Doing so will help to keep the community up to date with the post-racing lives of the dogs.
Who can help me connect with the right people?
These days, there are dedicated groups that specialize on tracking your greyhound’s past for you! If you’re on Facebook, we urge you to join the group “Your Greyhound’s History”. The admins work closely with greyhound studbooks and will be able to find out heaps of info on your retired athlete once you provide them with a picture of your greyhound’s ear tattoo(s).
They are very well connected in the scene, and with a bit of luck, they can even connect you to the breeder and/or former owner/trainer of your retired greyhound. Overall, these people are very interested as to where their greyhounds live now and how they’re doing, since they often weren’t given any information about their dog’s whereabouts after they handed them over to adoption groups. This is partially due to the data protection act in certain countries. Once connected, we’ve witnessed that certain adopters were sent old winner’s trophies and puppy photos of their greyhound! So, make sure you don’t miss out on learning everything you possibly can about your former athlete!
We wish you the best of luck for your own research journey!
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