As part of the National Greyhound Welfare Strategy, a number of new rules relating to breeding are set to commence. These rules are aimed at improving the health and welfare of our breeding females, to promote considered breeding decisions, and to minimise the number of greyhounds puppies bred that may not be suitable for racing.
GAR 127 (6) A bitch shall not be used for breeding purposes unless registered as a ‘breeding female’.
If you have any female greyhounds that you plan to breed, it is important you understand what you will have to do to ensure they are eligible to be served when they are next on season.
To register your greyhound for breeding you will need to apply to Greyhound Racing Victoria. Once approved, you will be issued with a pink coloured ID card for that greyhound.
To qualify for registration as a Breeding Female, you will need to:
- have your greyhound DNA fingerprinted – kits are available through Greyhounds Australasia
- provide a vaccination certificate showing that your greyhound has been vaccinated to C5 level and that the vaccination is current – i.e. that the date for the next booster vaccination has not passed.
- Apply to GRV – applications will either be online or via a standard form, and you may be required to pay a fee.
Please Note: Ongoing registration as a Breeding Female will require you to maintain current vaccination status – details of booster vaccinations will need to be provided each year or she will not be eligible for breeding.