Buying a greyhound can be an extremely exciting and rewarding process and is a past time that doesn’t need to break the bank. People that are interested in greyhound racing can get involved with greyhound ownership quite easily and it is really up to the individual how much they would like to invest in the venture.
The first step should always be to set yourself a budget when looking to buy a greyhound to race. Depending on the type of dog you buy, the price can differ quite dramatically. Decide on an amount of money you can afford to invest and look for a greyhound within that price range.
Greyhound generally race until they are five years old. This is something you need to keep in mind when making your purchase. You might think you are getting a bargain price on a four year old but remember that you will likely only get a years worth of racing from the animal. Buying an unraced pup is an option but a risky one. Some pups don’t make the race track at all but it is a way you could get a decent standard greyhound for relatively little money, it just depends if you are willing to take a punt!
Contact a trainer
The easiest way to go about buying a greyhound is to contact your local track for details of trainers that are based there. Greyhound trainers always have dogs or know of dogs for sale. The majority of them are friendly and more than happy to help because owners keep them in business. Just don’t be afraid to say no and speak to all the trainers based at your local track before making a decision.
It’s important to remember there will be a monthly fee for keeping your greyhound in training. The cost is normally around £200 but this can differ from trainer to trainer.
Prize money can offset a proportion of the monthly fees you have to pay for your greyhound. If you’re lucky, your dog will pay for itself some months and if you’re very lucky, you might even end up in profit! A greyhound normally runs 4 or 5 times a month and the prizes money changes a lot from grade to grade. Open races are worth a lot more than Graded races but these dogs are obviously going to cost more to buy initially.
Getting involved in a syndicate is another option when it comes to greyhound ownership. You can set up your own syndicate or there are a number already in existence at all the dog tracks round the country looking for members. This is something your local dog track should be able to advise you on. Owners normally get 2 passes for when their greyhound is running so be aware that not all members of the syndicate can gain free entry to the track.
Life after racing
Please be aware that you will be responsible for the greyhound once its racing career reaches its conclusion. Whether you are willing to house the greyhound yourself or you know someone that will take care of the dog, you need to have plans for its welfare in place.
Greyhound Ownership Resources
Dog Track Guide – You can use our guides to greyhound stadiums to identify your local track.
Greyhound Owners Association – Visit the Federation of British Greyhound Owners’ Association for more information on buying a greyhound.