All About Greyhounds

A Noble Breed

The origin of the greyhound is deeply rooted in ancient history. Paintings of dogs strikingly similar to today’s greyhound existed more than 4,000 years ago.

From the beginning the greyhound was held in high regard in the Middle East and Throughout Europe.
  • Pictures of greyhounds were etched on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs. Pharaohs rated them first among all animals, both as pets and as hunters.
  • The Arabs so admired the physical attributes and speed of the greyhound that it was the only dog permitted to share their tents and ride atop their camels. The birth of a greyhound ranked second only in importance to the birth of a son.
  • Their link with nobility was established in 1014 when King Canute of England enacted the Forest Laws, which stated that only noblemen could own and hunt with greyhounds.

Greyhound Racing and Greyhounds as Pets

Greyhound racing did not begin until much later. In the late 1800s the greyhound was imported to America to help Midwestern farmers control the jackrabbit, a noted crop destroyer. Greyhound track racing as we know it today began in 1912. The first circular track opened in 1919 in California.

Greyhounds as Pets of Northeast Florida is a non-profit corporation which provides a unique opportunity to adopt and enjoy the loving companionship of this versatile breed as a pet.

Greyhounds are placed in the Greyhounds as Pets adoption center by their racing kennels for many reasons. Some have completed their racing careers and are not selected to be bred or returned to their owners. Others may have minor injuries or racing habits that keep them from competition. They are usually between two and five years old.

While our adoption program is funded by multiple sources, our primary funding is provided by the founding entity, Jacksonville Greyhound Racing, Inc. which operates as Bestbet Jacksonville and Bestbet Orange Park. From these funds’ facilities, staff, veterinary care and other basics are provided. Kennel operators, trainers, vendors and private individuals donate additional supplies and time. A $290 adoption fee covers an initial visit with a veterinarian, a rabies shot, a microfilaria heartworm test, a general checkup, 6 months of heartworm pills and the required spaying/neutering.
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