This section is from the book "The Dogs Of Great Britain, America, And Other Countries. Their Breeding, Training, and Management in Health and Disease", by John Henry Walsh (Stonehenge). Also available from Amazon: The Dogs Of Great Britain, America And Other Countries.
Every kennel intended for greyhounds should be thoroughly pro-tected from the weather, and should have the yard covered in as well as the lodging-house. The plan for the kennel intended to rear puppies in is also best adapted for their future keeping, and this it will be desirable to describe more fully here.
The central square, comprised between the four angles a b c d, is divided into four lodging houses, having a ventilating shaft in the 206 middle, with which they all communicate. These are filled with benches separated by low partitions as shown in the diagram, and raised about a foot from the ground. Each opens into a yard, with a door of communication so arranged as to be left partly open without allowing the slightest draught to blow upon the beds. These yards, ab, bc, cd, da, are all roofed in, and bounded on the outer side by pickets guarded by coarse wire net, to prevent the teeth of the inmates gnawing them. They are separated by narrow partitions, which slide up to allow of the dogs having the whole run; or they may be left down, and the upper part open, so as to encourage the puppies to fence, by the necessity for jumping over them, in pursuing one another. The floors should be of glazed tiles, bricks, or cement, the last being the most clean and free from absorption, which ought always to be entirely prevented. Each sleeping-place and yard should have a trapped drain, so as to carry off any wet directly it falls, and the former should be built exteriorly of brick cemented at least a foot from the ground, with board partitions between.
A window should be in each, which is capable of being opened, and the ventilation should be secured ill some satisfactory manner. This always ensures a down current as well as an up-current, so that there is little or no necessity for having the door open except for cleanliness, but in very windy weather the ventilation on the side of the wind should be closed, or the down-draught will be enough to chill the greyhounds. As these kennels are to be paved with a non-porous material, the soil is not of much consequence, but the situation should be dry and healthy, and the shade of a large tree is to be obtained if possible. The kennel management of the greyhound consists in little more than the adoption of cleanliness, which should be of the most scrupulous kind, together with regular feeding. Water is by some people constantly left for them to get at, but others object to it for dogs in training, and they then only give it with the food. My own opinion is decidedly in favor of the constant supply, as it is impossible to prevent these animals from getting to it when at exercise; and I am sure that, when they are kept from it indoors, they take too much while they are out.
On the contrary, if it is regularly supplied to them, they take very little, and are quite careless about it at all times.
Fig. 39. - PLAN OF KENNEL.
Fig. 40. - ELEVATION OF KENNEL.