On this page you will find:
- Pre-requisites to become a breeder
- Understanding the costs
Breeding greyhounds is an area of the sport that requires extensive knowledge, lots of hard work and true passion. Breeding the next generation of champions is more than just good luck – it involves planning, research and exceptional care of the breeding female and the litter.
- To breed greyhounds you need to be a registered breeder with GRV.
- A person wanting to become a registered breeder needs to complete the Breeders Education pack.
- Successfully complete the four units in the Breeders pack, covering topics such as selection of breeding stock, GRV requirements, breeding your female, whelping the litter and the raising of a litter of pups. It is designed to give a new breeder an insight into the job ahead, making sure you are aware of your responsibilities and giving you some information about each important stage.
- If you have not bred a litter before, you will be required to read through the information contained in the four units then complete and submit the assessment forms for each unit, via FastTrack, prior to your female greyhound being served.
- The results of previous litters (how many pups reached the track) will have a bearing on eligibility to breed subsequent litters. The more pups that reach the track, the more likely good breeding techniques have been followed and this will be taken into account for future breeding requests.
Understanding the costs
It is estimated that it can cost close to $10,000 to breed and raise a litter of pups to the age of 16 weeks, including stud fees, veterinary costs, registration fees & feeding costs. Add to this the amount of time and effort that goes into breeding a successful litter and you can see breeding is not for the feint-hearted or those who think they might make a quick profit.
Top Victorian greyhound breeder Barry Smith has bred many topline greyhounds through his ‘Mepunga’ bloodline. Here he provides a valuable insight into his successful breeding practices.