Greyhound Australasia Naming Policy

September 22, 2012 Comments Off

The greyhound industry enforces a policy to ensure that naming a racing greyhound by the Registrar is granted orderly and responsibly. The Registrar follows particular guidelines and criteria to approve a name. Often commeon sense also needs to be applied when enforcing these policies.

Here is a list comprised by Greyhounds Australasia outlining these principles:

  1. The name has been granted to a greyhound during the 15 years previous to receipt of the allocation.
  2. The name has previously been granted to a greyhound recorded as a sire or dam in the ANZGA database.
  3. The name has previously been granted to a greyhound recorded as a classic winner in the ANZGA database.
  4. Close similarity in the pronunciation of names, i.e. Mr. Yew, Mister You.
  5. Names savouring of a political or religious connotation.
  6. Names which present difficulty in pronunciation.
  7. Names which tend to be derogatory or down-grading to the sport.
  8. Names which tend to be obscene or vulgar.
  9. Names of a foreign language, the meaning of which is not readily available.
  10. Names with more than sixteen characters inclusive of spaces, apostrophes, etc.
  11. Names with more than three words.
  12. Names which imitate race track phrases or terms i.e. “Vacant Box”, “Late Scratching”, “Number Four”, “Red Rug”, “Blue Box”, etc.
  13. Names which indicate opposite to actual sex of the subject greyhound.
  14. The use of pronouns, prefixes and affixes, i.e. “The” Architect.
  15. Trade names unless written approval by registrar of the name is supplied.
  16. Names of prominent racing events without the permission of the appropriate authority.
  17. Full names of prominent persons.
  18. The use of initials.
  19. The excessive use of apostrophe.
  20. The use of numerals
  21. A name already registered as a Prefix/Suffix to some other applicant.
  22. Names of prominent Greyhounds or Greyhounds of Note.


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