Patterns of Racing and Career Duration of Racing Greyhounds in New Zealand

Anna L. Palmer, Charlotte F. Bolwell, Kevin J. Stafford, Arnon Gal, Chris W. Rogers

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The welfare and wastage of racing greyhounds is a topic of public concern. Little is published about the racing patterns of these dogs in New Zealand. The aim of this study is to describe the pattern of greyhound racing in New Zealand. Data on all race starts between 1 August 2011 and 25 March 2018 were supplied by Greyhound Racing New Zealand. A cohort was created containing dogs that had a racing career between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2017. Data were collated within a customized Microsoft Access database from electronic records of all racing starts for every dog within the 2013–2016 racing seasons. For this cohort of racing dogs, there were 97,973 race starts across 22,277 races involving 2393 individual greyhounds. The median number of days between racing starts was 7 days (inter-quartile range (IQR): 4–10 days). The median career length was 424 days (IQR: 206–647 days) and the median number of racing starts throughout a racing career was 35 (IQR: 16–59 starts). Dogs of similar ability finished their career at a similar age.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number796
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 5 2020


  • Career length
  • Greyhound
  • Greyhound racing
  • Racing pattern

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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