How Much Does a Greyhound Dog Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 15, 2018

The Greyhound originated from Europe and has been used for game hunting and racing throughout the years.  The Greyhound is not only a good racer, but it is also a gentle and intelligent breed, making it an ideal pet for your home.   Reaching up to 40 miles per hour, this ancient breed was brought to England by traders well before 900 AD.

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How much does a Greyhound dog cost?

The cost of a Greyhound depends on the geographical location, age, sex, size, color, health condition, family history and breeder.    On average, a Greyhound puppy is going to cost anywhere from as little as $300 to as much as $2,500+.  Generally, your purebred dogs are going to be in the thousands while the older dogs, often found at shelters, can cost as little as a few hundred.

Greyhound Racing in Victoria says you should be prepared to spend $2,500 for a puppy that can be prepped for racing.

At, the current median price, as of 2017, was $775, but a dog with superior lineage, which would come with breeding rights and papers, could cost $2,000 to as much as $7,000. offers Greyhounds for a $250 adoption fee.

Linda Crist, an author on, wrote a guide, talking about if an Italian Greyhound is for you.  According to her guide, a puppy from a reputable breeder can cost $500.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should include up-to-date vaccinations, a health certificate, registration paperwork and a health guarantee.  Many breeders will also include a starter package that contains items such as toys and samples of dog food.  If the dog is going to be shipped, a shipping crate should be included as well.

What are the extra costs?

Shipping may be necessary if you purchase a dog outside of your area.  Depending on the method you choose, shipping costs, either via air or ground, can cost $200 to $400.

As with any pets, recurring costs need to be budgeted for.  This will include food, deworming, flea medication, vaccinations, heartworm medications, licenses, accessories, dog sitting, grooming, obedience classes and vet visits.  A healthy Greyhound can easily cost you more than $700 a year and much more if he or she were to need an unexpected surgery.   Mrs. Frugalwoods broke down her annual costs, and according to her post, she spent $930 annually.

Although their natural demeanor is gentle and loyal, you may want to consider obedience training at a younger age to teach it the basic commands such as sit, lay down and stay.  Due to its sensitive nature, an experienced trainer is a must.

Tips to know

As for size, the Greyhound can grow 26 to 30 inches at the shoulder, with most weighing between 60 to 75 pounds.

The short haired coat requires infrequent grooming sessions, and the coat colors can range from combinations of white, black, orange fawn, brindle, red, and blue with or without markings.  In terms of appearance, they have an elongated muzzle and have long, powerful legs, a deep chest, flexible spine, and slim build, allowing them to reach high average speeds when compared to other breeds.

Greyhounds won’t bark often are known to be speedy, loyal, sociable, sensitive and very calm.

The average lifespan of a Greyhound is 10 to 12 years when healthy.

If a Greyhound has been racing, it will typically be retired after three to five years.

While these dogs are known to be racers, many become fairly lazy once they officially retire.

A fenced in yard is highly recommended since they have the natural instinct to run long distances.  If your yard isn’t fenced in, then always make sure they are on a leash as they will chase anything that moves.

The Greyhound, naturally, wants to hunt prey and will chase anything that moves, so for this reason, it won’t make a great companion for small household pets.  Although they aren’t fond of strangers, a Greyhound is usually good with children and will enjoy other dogs.

These dogs will shed; however, it will be lightly when compared to other heavy shedders.  While they are easy to groom, plan on seeing dog hair laying around the house.

Due to its size, it isn’t recommended for those who have smaller children around the house.

How can I save money?

If you want to save money, consider adopting a Greyhound from a shelter or rescue group for a lower price.  Many rescue groups offer Greyhounds up for adoption after their racing careers.

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