The main states for greyhound racing in the United States are Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Texas, and West Virginia.

Greyhound racing used to be very popular in Florida, but interest has declined in recent years, and it is currently being phased out. Between 1990 and 2013, the amount gambled at Florida dog racing tracks declined by over 70 percent. A law has been passed (in 2018) that will make greyhound racing illegal in Florida from 2021.

Legality in the United States

It is up to each state to determine if greyhound racing and greyhound betting should be legal or not.


Notable organisations

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

The National Greyhound Association (NGA) keeps a nationwide registry for greyhounds bred to race.

The American Kennel Club is the main organisation for greyhounds that aren´t bred to race.

Racecourse kennels

Racing greyhounds in the United States typically live at the race facility, a practice that has been widely criticised, especially since the dogs are kept in small crates in kennel compounds. A typical crate will be just 3 ft x 4 ft in size, and no more than 3 ft tall.

Active greyhound racing tracks

Birmingham Race CourseBirminghamAlabama
Southland Park Gaming and RacingWest MemphisArkansas
Q Casino (Dubuque Greyhound Park)DubuqueIowa
Gulf Coast RacingCorpus ChristiTexas
Gulf Greyhound ParkLa MarqueTexas
Valley Race ParkHarlingenTexas
Mardi Gras Casino and ResortNitroWest Virginia
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-RacetrackWheelingWest Virginia


As mentioned above, greyhound racing will become illegal in Florida in 2021. At the time of writing, the following racetracks are still open in Florida.

Derby Lane Greyhound TrackSt. Petersburg
Ebro Greyhound TrackEbro
Hollywood Greyhound TrackHallandale Beach
Melbourne Greyhound ParkMelbourne
Naples-Fort Myers Track and Entertainment CenterBonita Springs
Orange Park Kennel ClubOrange Park
Palm Beach Kennel ClubWest Palm Beach
Pensacola Greyhound TrackPensacola
Sanford-Orlando Kennel ClubLongwood