This page contains information about placing a greyhound with GAP, our non-GAP green collar testing, and some general informaiotn about greyhounds. Please read on and feel free to contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.

Placing a Greyhound with GAP


The easiest way to ensure compliance with R106, whilst simultaneously helping to improve the image of Greyhound Racing in Queensland is to place your dog in the GAP. In the South East corner at least, waiting times to enter the program are relatively short approximately 16 weeks, however we do ask that you allow the dog to settle for at least 2 – 3 months post racing, this will give your greyhound a better chance of success during the assessment process.

It is NOT a pre requisite for greyhounds to be cat friendly but it certainly does help!

We will accept any Greyhound:

  • non-chasers
  • puppies
  • dogs that haven’t broken in well for a variety of reasons or are just too slow
  • retiring race dogs

we do not have an age limit however the dog does need to be in good health and non-aggressive

All Greyhounds entering GAP must:

  • be off the track for at least 4 weeks prior to their intake date
  • have a C5 vaccination administered at least 14 days prior and GAP staff are to be given the certificate on arrival to GAP
  • be free from all external and internal parasites – worms, fleas and ticks
  • be free from injury and illness. This includes hot spots, sores/pustules, conjunctivitis
  • be clean and bathed

Forms Required:

Greyhound Adoption Program QLD submission form

You have adopted a Greyhound and are no longer able to keep your greyhound:

If you have adopted a greyhound and for unavoidable reasons are not in a position to keep your greyhound we ask that you please try and rehome your greyhound yourself before contacting GAP. We do not always have places available to take in greyhounds that have already been adopted.

If you are still unable to rehome your grey we will endeavour to take him/her back onto the program as soon as possible.

Your dog will need to have a clean bill of health from your vet, and must have an up todate C5 Vaccination (certificate to be produced on entry to GAP) Your greyhound may also need a dental (scale and clean of their teeth) If your dog has not had a dental in the last 12 months and it is deemed by your vet that one is needed we can organise for it to be done at your expense)

Non-GAP Green Collar Testing

Regardless of where an adopted Greyhound has been obtained, GAP has agreed to provide a community service in that we will assess any greyhound for a green collar to exempt it from muzzling in Queensland.

  • Pet Greyhound owner contacts GAP to register and pay as a participant.
  • Owner receives a workbook with a simple program of practical exercises to work through with their dog to help it adjust to domestic life and to help both you and GAP to find out more about your greyhound.
  • At the end of three months, the owner brings the dog in with its sterilisation & microchip certificate to the GAP kennels for the “green collar” assessment.*

* Please note: payment of fee is not a guarantee that the Greyhound will successfully achieve green collar muzzle exemption status

The fee for The Non-GAP Green Collar Package is $80. This fee covers the cost of booklet materials, the collar, GAP’s resources for the assessment and accountability with QLD councils.

To register your Greyhound for assessment or for further information please call during office hours on 07 3174 0594 or email

The Breed Standard

Most Greyhounds weigh between 24 and 36 kgs and can vary in height from 61 to 75cm at the shoulder. Male Greyhounds are often taller than females, weighing from 30 to 45kg and standing from 65 to 75cm at the shoulder. The females can weigh from 24 to 35kg and stand from 60 to 70cm at the shoulder. The breed has a slim, sleek body, narrow skull and long strong legs. The deep chest and narrow waist give the breed its distinctive silhouette. As the name suggests – they belong to the “hound” group of breeds which includes such other breeds as – Afghan, Deerhound, Whippet, Saluki, Borzoi which are all sight hounds.The coat of the Greyhound is short and smooth. The variety of coat colours is seemingly endless and includies white, fawn, black, blue, brindle and parti colour (white with patches of one of those colours). For a guide to the most common colours, please see the below chart. Greyhounds are known their general lack of “doggy smell”. This is largely due to the fact that they rarely suffer allergic skin complaints, which commonly affect other breeds.


The Greyhound is an ancient breed of dog that belongs to a family of dogs known as sight hounds. Sight hounds pursue their prey by sight rather than scent, and have a strongly developed chase instinct of prey drive. This varies from dog to dog, and in spite of this, it is possible for many Greyhounds to peacefully co-exist with other pets, including cats, dogs and even rabbits. If you are considering adopting a Greyhound it is vital that you inform us if you have other animals – this allows careful selection of a dog that is known to happily accept cats and other small pets.

Generally even tempered and gentle, they are pack-orientated dogs which means that they will quickly adopt human “masters” into their pack. They are affectionate towards those that they know and trust. In order to allow different Greyhounds to hunt and race together, aggressiveness towards other dogs and people has been nearly eliminated from the breed.

Greyhounds make great pets because they are quiet, well mannered, and very easy to live with. They are, in general, friendly, affectionate, lazy, calm, clean, loving, trusting and good-natured.

Interesting Greyhound Trivia – Did you know?

  • The first Greyhound came to Australia with Captain Cook in 1770.
  • Lure Greyhound racing did not begin until O.P Smith invented the mechanical lure in 1912 and it was then first introduced in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. In Australia, mechanical lure racing commenced in 1927 at Epping in New South Wales.
  • Greyhounds are the only dog mentioned in The Bible.
  • Greyhounds are now being used as therapy dogs all over the world because of their gentle nature. There has been some success with Greyhounds helping autistic children.
  • Because of the relatively low incidence off allergic skin disease, a Greyhound has very little if any “doggy smell”.
  • In 1804, Australia issued a proclamation ordering the destruction of all dogs EXCEPT Greyhounds and sheepdogs.
  • The only other animal that can accelerate faster over a short distance is a cheetah, who can reach speeds of 109 kmh over 3-4 strides from a standing start. A Greyhound can reach speeds of 45 kmh in 3 strides and full speed of 70 kmh within 30 metres or six strides.
  • People that are allergic to dogs, usually find that they do not suffer the same discomfort with a Greyhound. If severe allergies, a black Greyhound is recommended for adoption.
  • Greyhounds – can and do – live in harmony with other animals in the home, such as other dogs, cats, birds and even rabbits.
  • Greyhounds are usually found standing or lying down, they often find it uncomfortable to sit. Some say it is because their tail is so stiff which doesn’t allow them to sit properly. Others say that it is just uncomfortable for them to take the sit position due to the shape of their body and legs. The truth probably lies with the same reason why Greyhounds are the onlylarge breed of dog not known to develop degenerative hip displaysia; very little laxity in the hip joint due to the strength of the overlying muscle.
  • Greyhounds are sensitive to some chemicals. They must have special anaesthetics when undergoing surgery and can sometimes have reactions to certain flea control products.
  • At a gallop, a racing Greyhound is only touching the track surface for 25% of its stride distance, and during the remainder of the stride, it is suspended above the ground until the next limb hits the ground. This is called a “double suspension gallop”.
  • A Greyhound produces around 100Kcals or 100,000 watts of waste heat energy during a 30 second race, sufficient to bring 600mL of tap water to the boil in around 2 minutes.