June 1

My Dogs Have Tats

Posted by lori . 3 Comments


“You’re posting about what?  But I’m playing with my orange wiggle worm.”

Greyhounds that are bred to race (NGA Greyhounds) have ear tattoos.  These tattoos identify their litter number and their birth month and year.

“I don’t want you to take pictures of my ears.  It tickles when you hold them out.”

The left ear has a 5-digit number that is assigned to the litter at birth.  All the puppies in that litter have the same number.

Casper’s litter number is 47558

The right ear contains either a 2- or 3-digit number followed by a letter.  The numbers represent the month and year the hound was born.  The letter signifies the order in which they were tattooed.

Casper was born in July of  2008 and was the third pup in his litter to be tattooed.

With this information, you can find out about your dog’s pedigree, litter mates and racing career records.  I haven’t researched Freedom or Casper’s background, but I’ll let you know what I find out when I do.

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3 Responses to " My Dogs Have Tats"

  • houndstooth says:

    I’ve really been wanting to get a good picture of our girls’ tats to talk about on the blog, but it’s so hard to do! Casper, we salute you for being able to be so still!

    Bunny’s mom

    Casper, your tattoos rock! Chicks dig guys with tattoos! 😉


  • mel says:

    this could be a solution for humans being able to remember significant dates of our spouses…seriously, i enjoy the intersting tidbits on life with greyhounds and of the breed themselves

  • Tali says:

    Actually its not just racing greyhounds, its any greyhounds registered with the national greyhound association or NGA.

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