Greyhound Racing is a sport that involves racing dogs, much similar to horse racing. The object is to see which dog can complete the track the fastest. This sport is most prominent in the countries of the UK, US, Ireland, Australia, Spain, China and Mexico, though it has been restricted in many countries as well as many states in the US. The first known attempt at building a greyhound racing track and the beginning the sport was in 1876 in the UK. The sport, however, did not catch on until 1912 and didn’t make an appearance in the US and Western Hemisphere until the mid 1920s.
Greyhound racing isn’t just a leisure sport, it also involves gambling. Bets are placed on certain dogs winning or placing in the race. This is how greyhound racing compares to horse racing, though not nearly as much money is involved in greyhound racing.
Going to a greyhound race is something which can be enjoyed by all the family. Sports gambling can be commonly done in places where there is a general feeling of masculinity and can be a little rough at times, but this is not the case at all races. Some racetracks have excellent facilities and focus on making the sport a fun day out for all the family. The parents can enjoy a flutter, and many kids find greyhounds more fun than horse racing.
Those betting on greyhounds may typically bet lower stakes than when betting on a horse race. This lends the game a more fun element in comparison to worrying about losing a significant sum of money, but beware it is still possible to get pulled into the gambling game. One can find oneself betting higher amounts each time – particularly when trying to make up for a loss. This is the most common way that people get themselves into debt through greyhound gambling. Therefore, stick to the golden rule – never bet more than you are comfortable to walk away from.
Done honestly and with regard to the welfare of the animals, greyhound racing can be a great past time and sport. Sadly, though, due to lack of either honesty or animal rights – greyhound racing appears to be a dying sport in most of the civilized world. Perhaps with new regulations and laws in place to safeguard the animals and monitor gambling practices, this dying sport can be revitalized in the coming years.