The following requirements are outlined in the State Government of Victoria’s Code of Practice for the Operation of Greyhound Establishments.
Greyhound housing must provide protection from the weather – wind, sun, rain, and extremes of climate – as well as harassment from other animals.
Kennels and yards must be designed, constructed and maintained in a way that ensures the good health and well-being of the animals, whilst preventing escape.
Fencing throughout the property – including exercise yards, long runs and outdoor yards – needs to ensure that greyhounds are safe and cannot escape or harm themselves.
- Kennels or Yards can be separated with solid partitions, galvanised chain wire or weld mesh wire dividers.
- Wire mesh must not exceed 75mm x 50mm hole size
- Puppy enclosure fences must not exceed 50mm x 50mm hole size
All housing areas must be provided with a weatherproof sleeping area containing a raised bed for each animal.
- The minimum sleeping area is 0.9 square metre per dog
- Wood, brick, dirt or grass floors are NOT acceptable for sleeping areas, floors must be solid and impervious to assist cleaning and drainage
- Sleeping areas should be enclosed on three sides to a minimum height of 1.5 metres with solid partitions
- All sleeping areas MUST have warm, clean bedding
How many dogs can be housed in each kennel or yard?
- A litter may be housed together until the pups are 16 weeks old
- Between 4-9 months of age, you can house 4 compatible pups together as long as you monitor and manage the group to ensure pups are protected from harassment or injury from others in their pen.
- A maximum of two dogs, older than 9 months, may be housed together in a Spelling or Rearing Yard/Kennel
- One greyhound only is permitted to be housed in each Racing Kennel
Racing Kennels – (Inside)
- Minimum floor area of 3 square metres with a minimum dimension of 1.2 metres
- Dogs in racing kennels MUST be exercised outside their kennel AT LEAST twice each day
Other Indoor Kennels
- Minimum floor area of 10 square metres with a minimum dimension of 1.2 metres for the first dog
- An additional 10 square metres for the second dog if housing two together.
Whelping Kennels – for a bitch and litter
- Minimum of 15 square metres with a minimum dimension of 1.2 metres
Outside Kennels or Yards
- Adults require a minimum of 250 square metres with a minimum dimension of 1.2 metres
- Pups (4-9 months of age) require a minimum of 150 square metres with a minimum dimension of 1.2 metres
- Kennels or Yards constructed outside require natural shade, or shade cloth (75%) or a roofed area to allow a minimum 4 square metres of shade
- Dirt or grass floors ARE acceptable in outside pens but must be well drained and maintained free of holes or other hazards that may cause injury