An Introduction to Greyhound Racing

Greyhound racing is a sport in which a mechanically propelled dummy hare is pursued by greyhounds around a race track. Tall and slender, greyhounds are a particularly fast-moving breed of hound. Meanwhile, fans rally around a track where they observe the races, placing bets on who they think the winning hound will be. The races initially took place on grass courses which looked good and produced fast races, but as this is now generally considered difficult and expensive to maintain, the majority of racetracks are made from sand.

In many countries, Greyhound racing is merely done for pleasure, but in some countries, most notably the UK, the US and Ireland, it is commonly conducted as a gambling sport, similar to horse racing.