Greyhound establishments are establishments that board, breed and train greyhounds for the purpose of racing.
In Victoria, there are 5 different types of greyhounds:
- Pet greyhounds, including those adopted from shelters, pounds, and rescue groups;
- Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) dogs;
- Greyhounds used for breeding and shows;
- Greyhounds used for breeding for racing; and
- Greyhounds used for racing.
Only establishments involved in the boarding, breeding and training of greyhounds for the purposes of racing are required to register as a Domestic Animal Business – Greyhound Establishment. For additional details, refer to the Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds.
However, individuals breeding greyhounds for sale as pets or under DOGS Victoria for sale/show must comply with the regulations regarding Domestic Animal Businesses – breeding and rearing businesses
View an overview of legal requirements for owners of Greyhounds in Victoria (including pet greyhounds).
Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV)
Greyhound Racing Victoria is an organisation responsible for the management of racing greyhounds. Greyhound Racing Victoria is an 'Applicable Organisation' under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
Applicable Organisations produce an annual report and have a code of ethics that requires responsible breeding and pet ownership in compliance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and its related codes of practice. These organisations undertake disciplinary action against members who do not comply with the organisation's code.
This recognition also means that they are an organisation with high standards for managing breeding animals and of responsible pet ownership to whom the community can look to when buying a pet or when seeking advice on care of a pet.
GRV members also do not have to register with their local council as a Domestic Animal Business (or comply with the associated Code of Practice) if:
- They have less than 10 fertile female animals, AND
- No more than 2 are not registered with an Applicable Organisation