In the United States, the rules for greyhound racing varies from state to state. To find out what the law says about greyhound racing in the United States, it is therefore necessary to take a look at the rules and regulations applicable in the state you are interested in.

The sport is also regulated by the National Association of State Racing Commissioners and the American Greyhound Council. The American Greyhound Council is affiliated with the National Greyhound Association.

Important: In some states, dog race betting is illegal.

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The National Greyhound Association (NGA)

Greyhounds bred to race can be registered with the National Greyhound Association, which is headquartered in Kansas. (Greyhounds bred to be pets are instead registered with the American Kennel Club.)

The NGA registry is nation wise and is open to registrations from any part of the United States.

List of active greyhound racing tracks in the United States

Birmingham Race CourseBirminghamAlabama
Southland Park Gaming and RacingWest MemphisArkansas
Derby Lane Greyhound TrackSt. PetersburgFlorida
Ebro Greyhound TrackEbroFlorida
Naples-Fort Myers

Track and Entertainment Center

Bonita SpringsFlorida
Hollywood Greyhound TrackHallandale BeachFlorida
Melbourne Greyhound ParkMelbourneFlorida
Orange Park Kennel ClubOrange ParkFlorida
Pensacola Greyhound TrackPensacolaFlorida
Palm Beach Kennel ClubWest Palm BeachFlorida
Sanford-Orlando Kennel ClubLongwoodFlorida
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(Dubuque Greyhound Park)

Gulf Coast RacingCorpus ChristiTexas
Gulf Greyhound ParkLa MarqueTexas
Valley Race ParkHarlingenTexas
Mardi Gras Casino and ResortNitroWest Virginia
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-RacetrackWheelingWest Virginia

Greyhound racing in Florida is being phased out

Greyhound racing have been especially popular in Florida and roughly half of all the dog racing tracks on the list above are found in this state. Greyhound racing will however be phased out during 2020, so many of the tracks in the list above will vanish.

The amount gambled at dog tracks in Florida declined by over 70% between 1990 and 2013.

In November 2018, Florida passed a law that will make greyhound racing illegal in Florida from 2021.

Kennel life

The dog racing sport in the United States have been criticised for its practise of keeping greyhounds in small crates in kennel compounds instead of allowing them to live a more normal dog life when not racing. The crates in which racing greyhounds live are usually only 3 feet high, 3 feet wide and 4 feet deep. Greyhound kennels often house upwards of 50-70 dogs. Most kennels turn the dogs out 4 to 6 times per day.