Greyhound Racing is a sport that involves dog racing, much like horse racing. The goal is to see which dog can complete the track the fastest. This sport is most prominent in the countries of the UK, USA, Ireland, Australia, Spain, China and Mexico, although it has been restricted in many countries and in many US states. The first known attempt to build a greyhound racing track and the start of the sport was in 1876 in the UK. However, the sport did not become popular until 1912 and did not appear in the US or the Western Hemisphere until the mid-1920s.
Greyhound racing is not just a leisure sport, it also involves gambling. Bets are placed on certain dogs to win or place in the race. This is how greyhound racing compares to horse racing, although not as much money is involved in greyhound racing.
Going to a greyhound race is something the whole family can enjoy. Sports betting can be commonly done in places where there is a general feeling of masculinity and can be a bit difficult at times, but this is not the case in all races. Some racetracks have excellent facilities and focus on making the sport a fun day out for the whole family. Parents can enjoy a flutter, and many kids find greyhounds more fun than horse racing.
Those who bet on greyhounds can usually bet lower stakes than when they bet on a horse race. This gives the game a more fun element compared to worrying about losing a significant sum of money, but be careful, you may still be lured into gambling. You may find yourself betting higher amounts each time, especially when trying to make up for a loss. This is the most common way people get into debt through greyhound gambling. So stick to the golden rule: never be more than you’re comfortable walking away from.
Conducted honestly and with animal welfare in mind, greyhound racing can be a great hobby and sport. Sadly however, due to lack of honesty or animal rights, greyhound racing seems to be a dying sport in most of the civilized world. Perhaps with new regulations and laws in place to safeguard animals and monitor game practices, this dying sport can be revitalized in the years to come.