Greyhound racing in the United States is on its way out. Florida was the last large state that had lots of tracks going, but in the 2018 general election, Florida voters decided to phase out professional greyhound racing.
In the short run, these dogs are going to filter their way into rescues. The vast majority of them will find homes. And every single one of them will be neutered.
Because only a handful of states will have racing, it is very unlikely that thousands of racing greyhounds will be bred every year. When this generation of adopted out greyhounds dies, the greyhound owning public will not have many options.
Yes, they can buy a show-bred greyhound, go out West and get a coursing dog, or they get a whippet or borzoi. I suspect that galgos from Spain will be imported over here in very high numbers.
But if they want a sport-bred greyhound that derives from racing lines, they will essentially be out of luck. However, they won’t be.
Several of us are close enough to forward-thinking racing dog owners to get our hands on intact racing greyhounds that we will be breeding. Erika is scheduled to be bred on her next heat, and we already have the sire picked out. Stay tuned for updates on him.
And we will do what we can to keep the American racing greyhound lines alive the best we can. We already have lots of homes lined up for this coming litter, so the demand for these dogs is quite high. The litter will be AKC-registered, so they can enter the “legit” greyhound population and do AKC-sanctioned events.
We will be helping these lines see a future beyond greyhound racing, and I have to say that I’m proud be part of this project.
So yeah, I’m deep in show dogs now, but we are working on keeping some nice working lines of a breed going into the future.
I’m pretty excited about it.