Greyhound Numbers

599773_4095234100634_550976691_nGreyhound Figures for 2010 to 2016
Figures presented are collated using Industry/Government/Local Authority figures – i.e.
from the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) Stud Book, Local Authority Dog Pound statistics, Irish Greyhound Board/ Irish Retired Greyhound Trust.

Breeding/ Pound Figures

Litters registered (ICC average 6* pups per litter):
2010 – 3,003 (18,018 total greyhounds born)
2011 – 3,272 (19,632 total greyhounds born)
2012 – 2,980 (17,880 total greyhounds born)
2013 – 2,736 (16,416 total greyhounds born)
2014 – 2,801 (16,806 total greyhounds born)
2015 – 2,709 (16,254 total greyhounds born)
2016 – 2,520 (15,120 total greyhounds born)

*Conservative litter size estimate as greyhounds regularly have up to 10 pups per litter.

PTS (Put To Sleep) figure in Irish Dog Pounds
2010 – 672
2011 – 546
2012 – 404
2013 – 427
2014 – 245
2015 – 203
2016 – 152

From when GRAI was founded in 2010 to 2016 at least 120,126 greyhounds were born in Ireland. 108,372 were named at racing age (thirteen months old) – these figures are from the 20,021 registered litters. (Irish Coursing Club average 6 puppies to each litter – only litter figures and named figures are supplied, individual number of greyhounds born is not recorded)

In the years for 2010 to 2015:

  • 2,896 greyhounds were surrendered to Irish Dog Pounds.
  • 2,497 greyhounds were destroyed in Irish Dog Pounds.
  • 399 greyhounds were homed/collected via Irish Dog Pounds.
  • 2014 and 2015 dog pound figures showed a noticeable decline in greyhounds destroyed and noticeable rise in greyhounds being transferred to welfare groups.

There are still huge concerns that hundreds of greyhounds are being destroyed in dog pounds, and there is documented evidence to show that perfectly healthy greyhounds are among those abandoned with very little chance of escaping death. The decline in greyhounds accepted into dog pounds for the years 2014 and 2015, compared to previous years, raise further concerns of what is actually happening to those greyhounds turned away. The decline does not balance with any raised homing figures – far from it.

Irish Retired Greyhound Trust
Figures given show that for the years 2011 to 2013, the IRGT directly homed 966 greyhounds, and assisted in the homing of 741 greyhounds – the majority would have been homed outside of Ireland.

The 2014 IRGT Report, submitted to the Charities Regulator, show that the IRGT gross income was €202,864. The total IRGT expenditure in the reporting period as supplied by the charity: €206,249.

Although IRGT spending for 2015 was higher than the previous year, €224,924, GRAI are concerned with the IRGT 2015 fall in income, compared to the previous year, of €182,079.

The fall in income was due to the reduction in IGB prizemoney – money contribution to IRGT is taken from prizemoney and then further matched by the IGB. GRAI would like to see such IRGT contributions made via IGB funding/finances elsewhere – funding for greyhound adoption(s) must not be damaged because of declines in prizemoney paid in future IGB austerity-measures.

In 2015 the IRGT homed 444 greyhounds directly, and assisted in the homing of 325 greyhounds.

In 2016 the IRGT homed 517 greyhounds directly, and assisted in the homing of 374 greyhounds.

Government Funding
Government funding to the Irish Greyhound Board for 2017 is set at €16m – a rise of €5.2m
since the 2010 funding of €10.8m.
2010 – €10.8m
2011 – €11.4m
2012 – €11.2m
2013 – €11m
2014 – €10.8m
2015 – €13.6m
2016 – €14.8m
2017 – €16m

Doping Figures
The 2014 Indecon Report into “Certain Matters Relating to Bord na gCon” reported that here
had “been an increase of over 50% in the number of tests in the two years from 2011 to
2013″ – however 2015 saw a massive drop in samples taken compared to 2013, 2016 saw a
continued decline in samples taken:
2016 – 5,383
2015 – 5,632
2013 – 7,307
Samples taken in other years
2011 – 4,807
2012 – 6,983
2014 – only first six months published 2,822 (from January 1st to June 2014)
Despite the fall in samples taken, 2015 saw a big rise in the actual number of positives

GRAI does not take in or re-home dogs directly so please view our list of member organisations if you are interested in adopting an Irish greyhound.