Tracing Your Greyhounds History.

A New Start

Tracing your greyhounds history is simple. All greyhounds have a traceable past and you can find out their date of birth and past history from their ear tattoos. At KGR we like to believe that our dogs have a new start and we are happy for them to leave their racing career behind.  But you want want to obtain their date of birth do they can have a party each year!

We do understand, however, that some new owners might be interested  in their dogs  racing past and we will provide their racing name if we know it.  

What you can discover about your greyhounds racing history.

Not all greyhounds have had a racing career at all.  The extent of overbreeding of greyhounds was exposed by an RTE documentary in 2019.  The documentary called ‘Greyhounds Running for their Lives’ was based on a report commissioned by the industry itself and revealed that up to 6000 Irish greyhounds were being killed each year for not being fast enough.  The number killed in England is unknown.

Many dogs are deemed useless before they even begin a racing  career.  As a result many of our young dogs do not appear on on-line databases.

The main on-line resource for tracing your greyhounds history is known as Greyhound Data (  If your dog has been included on the database you can discover his:

  • Racing Name
  • Racing Record
  • Litter Mates
  • Family Tree

The search can be done using your dogs racing name (if you know it) or his ear tattoos.

You can also try calling the English Stud Book (on 01787 212381) or the Irish Stud Book (00 353 5222611) to continue your search.

We are unable to provide any information on non KGR dogs as we do not have access to a central racing database. But you can trace your greyhounds history by calling the numbers above.

Irish dogs have tattoos in both ears and English bred dogs have tattoos in only one ear.  Most KGR dogs are from Ireland.  For Irish dogs the first letter in their right ears tells you the year they  were born:

K 2010;  L 2011;  M 2012;  N 2013;  P 2014;  Q 2015;  R 2016;  S 2017;  T 2018;  U 2019;  V 2020; X 2021;  Y 2022;  Z  2023.

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