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 responsible 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
2018 GCA Specialty Dates
Supported entries: Michigan Hound Association on January 19th & 20th, 2018
Supported entries: North Georgia Hound Association on April 14, 2018 in Perry, Georgia
2018 Eastern Specialty: May 5, 2018 at Erwinna, PA
Supported entries: Mid-Atlantic Hound Association on May 12-13, 2018 at Raleigh, NC
2018 Central Specialty: September 14, 2018 at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, MO
2018 Western/National Specialty: October 19, 2018 at Pleasanton, CA
2018 GCA Central Specialty
September 12-16, 2018
Purina Farms Event Center
Gray Summit, Missouri
Show Chairman: Thomas Butler, 478-757-0731
Host Hotel: The Wildwood Hotel, Wildwood, Mo. $110/night GCA Rate + Dog Fee: $30 for 1-2 dogs and $60 for 3-4 dogs per entire stay. 636-733-9100.
Lunch: On one's own; several options on site
Club Banquet: The Hawthorne Inn Restaurant - Friday evening, September 14, 2018
Superintendent: Foy Trent Dog Shows
Trophies: Dani Edgerton & Cindy Sisson
Agility - GCA Supported Entry (Ibizan Hound Club of the US) - Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Obedience & Rally - Friday, September 14, 2018 - Concurrent with Welsh Springer Spaniel Club - Judge Suzanne Hemminger
Friday, September 14, 2018 - Designated Specialty/Gateway Hound Club
Judges, Espen Engh/Breed and Lori Wilson-Paust/Sweepstakes
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - GCA Supported Entry (Three Rivers KC)
Judge, Nikki Riggsbee
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - GCA Supported Entry (Three Rivers KC)
Judge, Garry Newton
For All Breed Show Information Click Here
AKC Lure Trial with JC/QC Tests - Saturday, September 15, 2018
Judges, Justin Dannenbring and Greg Breitbach
Lure Operator, Mike Ferris
LGRA Straight Racing - GCA Supported Entry (Italian Greyhound Club of America) - Sunday, September 16, 2018
RV Parking: Online reservations with Three Rivers KC. RV reservations will open on June 10th. Reservations for RV parking spots at Purina can be made ONLINE for September 9th through 16th. The link to make online reservations will be on our Facebook page at least a week prior to the reservations opening. Exhibitors may choose their own RV spot; first come, first served. The upper lot is full service and is $40 per night. The lower lot is $25 per night and has water and electric.
For RV Reservations Click Here
Grooming Space: There is very limited grooming space for the all breed shows at this event. If you need to reserve space, please do it early.
For Grooming Space Reservations Click Here
The GCA 2018 Eastern Specialty on May 5th, 2018 is now over and we would like to congragulate
Dr G L Theile, C D Greene, & Casie J Brettell
GCHB Chesagrey Enigma Variation Ex Libris CGC TKN
for their Best in Specialty win!
Anita Pugh, Dwayne Pugh, & Gavin Pugh
Sky Hi Hunt the Night King
for their Specialty Best in Sweepstakes win!
GCH DC Rosewood's Roman Candle MC LCX
for their Specialty Best in Veteran Sweepstakes win!
The GCA supported entry at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Hound Association Hound group show in Raleigh, NC on May 12-13th, 2018 is now over and we would like to congratulate the winners
The GCA supported entry at the 2018 Peach Blossom Cluster Hound Show in Perry, GA on April 14th, 2018 is now over and we would like to congratulate
J Waylon Ramming
Pax Mundi Bacchus
for their Best of Breed win!
The GCA supported entry at the 2018 Michigan Hound Association on January 19th & 20th, 2018 is now over and we would like to congratulate
Robert Urban & Megan Anderson & Stanley D Petter Jr
Hewly Helios Hadley
for their Best of Breed win!
Linda Zucker & Laurie Soutar
Golightly Lakilanni White Rabbit
for their Best in Sweepstakes win!
DC Rosewood Diva Let Freedom Ring MC RN
for their Best Owner/Handler in Breed win
for their Best Veteran win!
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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