About - Identifying Your Greyhound
English bred greyhounds (for racing) will have a tattoo in one ear, usually consisting of three letters and a figure. The figure denotes the number of pups in the litter; if this number is more than eight, another letter will be used.
The Greyhound Stud Book at Newmarket (01638 667381) holds records of breeders and owners, but staff are usually only able to give out the Date of Whelp an Racing Name.
Irish bred dogs usually have two letters in the right ear and three letters in the left. The Irish Coursing Club (00353 5222611) holds records of breeders, original owners and racing details if the dog has raced in Ireland. When enquiring, it is necessary to give the 2 letter ear first. Staff usually only give out the Date of Whelp and Racing Name, although you can enquire about sending a fee to obtain breed history.
When you have the Racing Name/date of whelp, you can ring the Greyhound Trust (020 8335 3016) or the NGRC (020 7267 9256) to ask if the dog is registered (i.e. has run on an NGRC track in the UK) and where he ran. If he has, and once you know which track he last ran at, you can ring the Racing Office of that track and you can often (though not always) get some of his racing history.
If he has not raced on an NGRC track, you will probably not get any further. Dogs running on the Independent tracks (flapping tracks - which are legal and licensed to a Local Authority) can run under any name that the owner cares to give, though the tracks mostly do keep a record of the earmarks of dogs that run at any given meeting.
a few cases when dogs have raced in the UK and Ireland, the tattoos are
a mixture of Irish and English marks.
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