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tattoos in greyhounds
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:24:25 AM »
English bred greyhounds (for racing) will have a tattoo in one ear, usually consisting of three letters and a figure in the right ear.  The figure denotes the number of pups in the litter; if this number is more than eight, another letter will be used.   The approximate age of the dog can be read from these tattoos.

Year/Letter Reference
English
Tattoos in one ear only - Three letters + one number e.g. ABC 1

Litters over eight pups - Three letters + one letter e.g. ABC A

First letter indicates year of whelp:-

First letter roughly indicates year of whelp, but often overlaps into the next year.

Y, X 1988
Z, A, B 1989
D,E 1990
H,I,J 1991
J,K,L 1992
M,N 1993

But the letters do not run for a set number of months, i.e:

P, up to Oct. 94
Q, Nov. 94 - June 95
R, July 95 - Jan 96
S, Feb 96 - July 96
T, Aug 96 - March 97
U, Apr 97 - Oct 97
V, Nov 97 - June 98
X, July 98 - Feb 99
Y, March 99 - Aug 99
Z, Sep. 99 - Jan. 2000

There is unlikely to be confusion between very young and very old dogs, but it is advisable to check either of these with the Stud Book after discussion with your adopting group.

English Stud Book Tel: 01638 667381

Irish
Three letters - left ear e.g. AAA

Two letters - right ear e.g. BB

First letter in right ear indicates year of whelp:

A = 1982
H = 1986
L = 1990
Q = 1994
U = 1998
B = 1983
I = 1987
M = 1991
R = 1995
V = 1999  D = 1984
J = 1988
N = 1992
S = 1996
X = 2000  E = 1985
K = 1989
P = 1993
T = 1997
Y = 2001 

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