Breeding greyhounds is no easy task as it requires extensive knowledge as well as complete dedication, as it incredibly time-consuming. There are many factors that need to be considered when breeding greyhounds and it involves lots of planning, research and care to ensure that both the mother and the litter are in optimal condition and health.
All Western Australian racing greyhound pups must be bred, reared and registered under the control of a person who has a RWWA Breeders License.
Becoming a Breeder
In order to become a Breeder, individuals must comply with the following:
- You must first obtain a Breeding License with RWWA before any breeding activities take place. All pre requirements for such a licence must be completed and assessed by RWWA Stewards.
- Before a Breeder’s License can be granted the applicant must complete the RWWA Greyhound Breeders Educational packages.
- Once a license has been issued, Breeders must comply with all relevant Rules of Racing in relation to registration and recording of breeding sires, breeding females and whelping/litter notifications/records.
- The management of the greyhounds during the weaning and rearing stages should follow a program that best equips the individual dog for their future life, both on and off the track. Such protocols should be based around knowledge of the greyhound’s socialisation period and a priority during the sensitive period of development, during the first three months of life.
RWWA has a number of policies and rules in place that ensure the proper regulation and conduct of greyhound breeding within Western Australia for the purpose of racing, including:
- Breeding Female: a female greyhound is not allowed to be used for breeding purposes unless they are registered by RWWA as a ‘Breeding Female’.
- Age Restriction: a female greyhound is not allowed to be bred after the age of eight unless she meets certain criteria, including a veterinary certification of appropriate health and fitness, as well as the approval of RWWA, which includes an assessment of the racing success/ability of her progeny. On assessment the greyhound’s progeny must meet key metric data indicating success before approval to continue breeding is granted. However, this approval only allows the greyhound to be bred on one more occasion.
- Three Litter Maximum: a female greyhound is only allowed to have a maximum of three litters unless she meets certain criteria, including a veterinary certification of appropriate health and fitness, as well as the approval of RWWA, which includes an assessment of the racing success/ability of her progeny. However, once again this approval only allows the greyhound to be bred on one more occasion.
- Litter Frequency: a female greyhound is not allowed to breed more than two litters in any 18 month period. This ensures the greyhound’s body has sufficient time to recover and allows the pups to reach an age where their ability can be assessed.
- Vaccinations: a female greyhound registered as a Breeding Female must be up to date with required vaccinations.
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