The trade publications (including Racing Post, Greyhound Star and Sporting Press) regularly carry adverts for Greyhounds for sale. Here are some useful pointers to help you make a good purchase:
Golden Rule: Get the deal right before you hand over your money.
A Greyhound, unlike a second hand car, does not have a ‘book price’. In Britain, people seldom haggle. In Ireland, it’s more common and a Greyhound’s price is usually open to negotiation.
If you are buying from Ireland, try to deal with the owner, not the agent. Some dogs are advertised by the agent prior to being bought from the original owner. The difference between good and bad value is frequently the agent’s profit.
Never buy a Greyhound without an up-to-date vet’s certificate. Make sure the certificate is from a known vet who has a good knowledge of Greyhounds.
Beware the pup who has won his first race by a wide margin – it was almost certainly competing against mediocrity. Greyhounds with moderate pace can be made to look like champions.
Study comparative form before you buy. The difference between 29.50 on soft ground and 29.50 on good ground can be up to half a second. What was the fastest time of the night? What was the fastest time of the week? Form from British tracks can be found at www.thedogs.co.uk and from Irish tracks at www.igb.ie
When you purchase your Greyhound be sure to obtain the necessary transfer documents required to change the ownership.
Although it may seem a long way off, make sure you have retirement plans for your Greyhound for when they finish racing. Will you be able to find the Greyhound a suitable home? Will you continue to pay to have them in retirement kennels?