Welcome to the Greyhound Club of America website!
The Greyhound Club of America is the national breed club for Greyhounds within the American Kennel Club. The GCA promotes responsibility breeding of Greyhounds as well as training and showing in a variety of venues.
The Greyhound is a large sighthound. They are both elegant and athletic and also affectionate and gentle. However they are also capable of great intensity during sporting events. Historically, the Greyhound is a very old breed, probably originating in the eastern Mediterranean region and has been used to course a variety of game over a variety of terrain at extreme speed for thousands of years. The breed was first recognized in this country by the American Kennel Club in 1885.
The GCA is the parent organization that oversees most recognized Greyhound activities in the United States. The GCA unites people interested in breeding and competition, and improving and preserving the health and character of the breed for the purposes of showing, coursing, agility, obedience, etc. in addition to pet ownership. It is also responsible for promoting good sportsmanship at events that are held under its auspices.
Here you can learn about Greyhounds as both companions and competition dogs, and about the breed’s history, temperament traits, and overall health and care. You can also learn more about Greyhound activities and upcoming events, and about our club, with resources to connect with breeders and fellow Greyhound fanciers.
We hope you will enjoy your visit to the Greyhound Club of America website!
Their beauty and attitude is what drew me to Greyhounds. Watching them run is truly a thing of beauty, whether they be young or old. They are smart and exceptional hounds that do enjoy working alongside their masters. You really cannot ask for a better dog. — Annemarie Pack
2017 GCA Specialty Dates
Supported entries: Mid-Atlantic Hound Association of Central North Carolina on May 13th & 14th, 2017
2017 Western Specialty: July 28, 2017 at Ryon Park in Lompoc CA
2017 Central Specialty: September 8,2017 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley CO
2017 Eastern/National Specialty: September 27,2017 at Sampson State Park in Geneva, NY
Mid-Atlantic Hound Association of Central North Carolina
Supported entry — Saturday & Sunday, May 13th & 14th, 2017
Location: NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC
Conformation judge: Saturday, Jed Chua; Sunday, Garry K. Newton
Sweepstakes (Saturday only): Lisa M. Costello
Also National Owner-Handler both days, veteran sweepstakes on Saturday, and 4-6 month puppy competition on Sunday
Closing date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
2017 GCA Western Specialty — Friday, July 28, 2017
Location: Ryon Park in Lompoc, CA
Conformation judge: Dr. Edna Martin, an Afghan Hound and Saluki breeder
Sweepstakes judge: Valerie Stokes, known for Valair Afghan Hounds, Whippets, and Borzoi
Rally Judge: Barbara Arine
Obedience judge: Lawrence Libeau
Junior Showmanship judge: Hannah Firchon
Superintendent: Jack Bradshaw
There will be a catered lunch on site following the Specialty, and a silent auction, followed by a GCA meeting, welcoming all exhibitors.
Saturday, 7/29/2017, after conformation judging (probably early afternoon)
Location: Nearby Vandenberg Village at Cabrillo High School
Judge: Justin Dannenbring
Field Trial Chairman: Cindy Sisson
Field Trial Secretary: Faith Burnham
Huntmaster: Audrey Hsia
Course design & lure operator: Scott Peck
Lompoc, CA is known as the flower seed capital as well as the coolest summer dog show location in the State. The site is Ryon Park.
Lompoc Valley Kennel Club all breed shows will follow on Sat and Sunday and usually draw majors.
The Friday Specialty will have rally, obedience and conformation along with puppy and veteran sweepstakes and Junior Showmanship. We share the park with other Sighthound Specialties.
There is no host hotel but Lompoc offers many dog friendly motel options and these are listed in the premium. Please be advised to make your reservations early as the LVKC shows are a big event.
2017 GCA Central Specialty — Friday, September 8, 2017
BACK TO BACK SHOWS!
Location: Island Grove Regional Park, Greeley, CO where Evergreen KC all breed shows will follow on Sat and Sunday
Show 1 will have rally/obedience and conformation along with puppy/veteran sweepstakes. The rally/OB judge has not yet been confirmed.
There will be a catered lunch / heavy hors d’oeuvres break between the two shows under the pavilion on the show grounds.
Show 2 will follow lunch.
Judges: Pauline Hewitt from Australia and William Shelton, Sweeps will be Tracy Hite
Prizes will be Sarah Snavely pottery and large rosettes.
Lure coursing: Saturday, 9/9/2017, at approximately 4 PM at a large cattle ranch less than 30 minutes from Greeley. Following lure coursing we will have a barbecue with live music. We invite those who are not coursing to attend. Lure coursing judge is Frank Cassano, Dan Heidel lure operator.
There will be a dinner Friday night at a restaurant called Kenny’s in Greeley. A well-known Greyhound judge has been asked to speak.
There is no host hotel but there are many options available. This is a college town so it is advised to book well ahead of the show dates.
Watch for additional show details!
2017 GCA Eastern / National Specialty — Wednesday, September 27, 2017
FIVE DAYS OF SHOWS, SAME SITE!
Location: Sampson State Park (15 minutes from host hotel) where 4 days of all-breed shows will follow
Specialty judges: Ms. Clare Boggia, conformation, and Ms. Patti Clark, sweepstakes
Lure Coursing, Rally, Agility, Obedience, same site
Eye and Heart Health Testing
Host hotel: Ramada Geneva Lakeside, Geneva, NY
Other events: Welcoming Reception, Specialty Banquet, Auction, Breed Seminar, Health Seminar
The 2016 Eastern Specialty is now over and we would like to congratulate
Dr. G. L. Thiele
GCH Chesagrey Enigma Variation Ex Libris
for their Best in Specialty win!
Gretchen also won Best Owner Handler!
DC Rosewood’s Roman Candle
for their Eastern Specialty Lure Coursing High in Trial!
Leslie and Roman won this from the Veterans class!
The 2016 Central Specialty is now over and we would like to congratulate
The 2016 Western / National Specialty is now over and we would like to congratulate
Lakilanni Halfmoon Blue Bayou
for their National Specialty Lure Coursing High in Trial!
Heather and Bayou also won Reserve Winners Bitch at the show earlier in the day!
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Interested in a Greyhound puppy?
AKC greyhound breeders are a small group and it is not unusual to have to go outside your area for a puppy. That means building a relationship over the phone with the breeder and through networking with others who may have bought a puppy from this breeder previously. The breeder should be happy to supply you with those contacts.
Contact our Breeder Referral
Visit our Memorial Page to see tributes to Greyhounds that have passed.
To add a memorial for your Greyhound, email a photo as well as the dog’s registered name, call name, sire and dam (if known), and a short tribute to Joan Malak
This breed is so underrated. They are sweet, clean, smell good! and are funny. But you had better have a fenced yard. This is one of the best breeds to own. — Susan Cassem
They have a sense of humor and make me laugh. — Elaine Miller Summerhill