READING EAR BRANDS

Ear branding is an identification code using a tattooed number inside each ear of a greyhound. All Greyhounds in Australia that are eligible to be registered to race are ear branded at around 12 weeks of age. This system enables each dog to be individually identified to ensure no swapping of greyhounds can occur during racing. All greyhounds who have raced are used to having their ears checked.

If you are having problems reading a dogs earbrand, try taking the dog out into the sun and read it there. You could also try wetting the earbrand, or shaving the ear, or holding a torch behind the ear. If you are still having troubles reading the earbrands you can also try to reading them upside down.

There are different systems of ear branding used around the world. Each state in Australia uses a different number and letter combination to identify each dog. Here is how the ear brands in each state of Australia are read.

QUEENSLAND.

The Greyhounds right ear.
Month (number 1-12)/year (number 0-9)/pup in litter to be branded (letter).
i.e. 33G = March, 2003, 7th pup in litter to be branded.
i.e. 127A = December, 2007, 1st pup in litter to be branded.
i.e. 70C = July, 2000, 3rd pup in litter to be branded.

The Greyhounds left ear.
A serial number common to the pups litter. In Queensland this number begins with the letter 'Q' and is followed by 4 digits.
Where the greyhound has been desexed, a desexing tattoo can also be found - this is shown as a circle with a line through it.

NEW SOUTH WALES.

The Greyhounds right ear.
Month (number 1-12)/year (number 0-9)/pup in litter to be branded (letter).
i.e. 33G = March, 2003, 7th pup in litter to be branded.
i.e. 127A = December, 2007, 1st pup in litter to be branded.
i.e. 70C = July, 2000, 3rd pup in litter to be branded.

The Greyhounds left ear.
A 4 digit serial number common to the pups litter.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
Information to come.

TASMANIA.
Information to come.

VICTORIA.
Information to come.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
Information to come.

Queensland dogs right ear
Queensland Dogs Right Ear brand.
33G = March, 2003, 7th dog to be earbranded from that litter.
Queensland dogs left ear.
An Example of a earbrand in a Queensland greyhounds left ear.