Silken Windhound

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The basics:
The Silken Windhound is a new breed developed in the 1980s by American Borzoi and Deerhound breeder Francie Stull to create a small to medium-sized sighthound with a long, luxurious coat.

According to the International Silken Windhound Society (ISWS), Ms. Stull "combined dogs from some of the best show and coursing Borzoi lines, a multi-generational line of small Whippet-based lurchers, and Whippets from both show and coursing lines. The result of the breeding program was a magnificent little sighthound designed to fill a gap in the line-up of sighthound breeds - a medium-sized elegant hound, at home both in the show ring and in the field, about 18-24 inches at the shoulder, with an easy-care, long, silken coat in all sighthound colors and color combinations, and a steady, affectionate and confident personality."

You will need to socialize this dog with any family pets from an early age, and they may not be able to resist giving chase to small animals outdoors. To avoid harming your relationship with this sensitive breed, know how to use positive methods for training.

Appearance / health:
The Silken Windhound is a graceful dog with a moderately long silky coat. The head is well-chiseled with noticeable veining. The breed has a short back with a moderately long, flexible loin. The tail is long, falling in a sweeping curve.

The breed shows diverse shedding patterns. The Silken Windhound's silky coat is easy to groom and needs only a weekly brushing to keep it in good condition.

Like all sighthounds, Silkens excel in racing or lure coursing but also enjoy other activities. The Silken Windhound loves to run, and hence a yard is ideal for that purpose. However, they can get adequate exercise with walks and runs at the local dog park.

Silken Windhounds carry no known significant genetic defects. They also appear not to have any typical health concerns like hip dysplasia that affect many other breeds. However, they may be sensitive to Ivermectin.

Behavior / temperament:
The Silken Windhound is an intelligent hound that exhibits a strong prey drive in the field. As with all sighthounds, Silkens love to run and chase.

They do not bark much.

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