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7/23/13 11:40 A

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The fewer racing tracks to rescue greys from, the better the breed on the whole is, I think.




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6/10/13 10:05 A

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I agree. I would question how the results are tabulated if it is just # of puppies born, it means there are fewer being bred for racing. I have also seen more and more greyhounds in the last few years, but it could be that I seek them out since I have my own and I live in Philly where there is a HUGE rescue presence.



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6/4/13 4:16 P

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They may be slower but I think they are happier. More greyhounds are pets now than there were in 2002. I have been in the veterinary field for over two decades and my first 15 years I only saw older (6-9yr) retired racing greyhounds as pets in the industry. I myself had a couple of them. They were shy, reserved and nervous in the vet hospital. Now I see more greyhounds that have never seen the track. They bounce down the halls, prance right up to people and are considerably more outgoing. I also now have a greyhound that never saw the racetrack. The difference in personality is amazing. And he plays with a free spirit commonly associated with goldens and labs. It took me years to teach some of the retired racers how to play and what a toy was about. So there may not be as many out there, probably because of the number of tracks that have now been closed causing the number of racing hounds to be down, but overall I have seen a much healthier, longer living, happier breed in the industry. It is not so uncommon to see the 12-15 year old greyhounds anymore.

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6/3/13 1:45 P

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I read an article this week, talking about dog breeds that were once popular, and how their numbers are shifting. The dog at the top of the list was the Greyhound.

The greys were the 48th most popular breed in 2002. In 2012, they have dropped to 117.

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