Welcome to GRV’s Greyhound Care & Standards site
Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) is the body responsible for promoting and controlling the sport of greyhound racing. GRV has developed this website because animal welfare must be the highest priority for the sport if we want it to have a strong and sustainable future.
The welfare of greyhounds must be the number one consideration at every stage of their lives
Breeding (0-3 months)
Make careful decisions about the choice of sire and dam, and understand the costs and resources needed
Rearing (3-13 months)
The time for socialisation, regular galloping, human interaction, chasing balls and learning to walk on the lead
Education (13-22 months)
Where good rearing practice shows up, with first exposure to intense training (for four weeks), then a spell for eight, followed by pre-training (for twelve weeks)
Racing (22 months – four years)
Greyhounds generally begin racing at around 22 months, and race about 30 times per year until they are about four years of age
Retirement (four years+)
Consider options, which include suitability for breeding, and re-homing as a pet via the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP)
Greyhound care: The basics of successful greyhound breeding
Multiple Group 1 winning Victorian greyhound breeder and rearer Barry Smith on the commitment and sacrifice required to breed greyhounds successfully. Read more.
Alan Clayton’s Monthly Message
Read the monthly update from Greyhound Racing Victoria’s CEO, Alan Clayton, on the latest GRV activity and developments in the sport.
To read the full message click here.
How GAP’s pre-entry assessment tests work
To be accepted into Victoria’s increasingly popular Greyhound Adoption Program, greyhounds need to meet and interact with a small breed of dog in a safe, controlled environment without trying to grab the small dog. Read more.