The Life Cycle of a Greyhound


A female greyhound will have her first season between the ages of 12 and 24 months.  Usually she will come into season every 6 months but this could be every 9 or 12 months in some bitches.  A male dog becomes sexually mature between 6 and 9 months of age.  As with many  pedigree dogs, a significantly large percentage of greyhound brood bitches are impregnated by artificial insemination.





The gestation period for a Greyhound is 63 days.


 A bitch will whelp an average of six puppies per litter but can have as many as 15. 
Video of puppies feeding.



 Greyhounds are generally very good mothers.

The tiny pudgy puppies look nothing like their sleek parents. 
Video of 6 week old puppies playing.



The puppies grow quickly and will be weaned from their mother at 6 to 8 weeks of age.  At this time they will have their first vaccinations. 
(The above photos of Fern and Miller and the puppies are courtesy of Brantarby Greyhounds, breeders and exhibitors of show Greyhounds.


Puppies bred as race dogs will be permanently identified with an ear brand and a microchip at 12 weeks of age.  Between the ages of 3 to 12 months they may be relocated to a rearing farm.




Between the ages of 12 to 18 months the Greyhound will start education with a trainer to learn how to race.  If it shows potential it will be allocated a racing name.


A Greyhound has a potential racing career from the age of 18 months to about four years. 





Post racing, many Greyhound owners will keep their much loved dogs as pets or find homes for them in their retirement. 


Many dogs are placed with Greyhound adoption programmes for re-homing.




Greyhounds live up to an average age of 12 years and will give many years of love and companionship.