Silky Windhound: characteristics of the dog breed, photo, character, rules of care and maintenance

Characteristics

  • Country of Origin: USA
  • The size:
    Average
  • Growth:
    46-60 cm
  • The weight:
    10–25 kg
  • Age:
    10–13 years old
  • FCI breed group:
    Not recognized
  • Brief information

  • Smart, playful;
  • Affectionate, friendly;
  • Sports.
  • Origin story

    This very young breed belonging to the greyhound group has not yet been recognized by the FCI. It was bred in 1987 in America by the breeder Francie Stull; the founders of the breed were long-haired whippets and Russian canine greyhounds. The first silky windhound club was founded in 1999, and the current breed standard was adopted only in 2001. Now these dogs are bred in the USA, Canada, Europe and even in Africa.

    Description

    A long-legged dog of a rectangular format, a “flying” silhouette, with an elongated head characteristic of greyhounds. Windhound males are noticeably larger than females, and they also have thicker coats. Wool should be silky (hence the name), soft, light. Both waviness and curlyness are allowed the main thing is that the undercoat is not too thick and does not weigh down the silhouette of the animal. Color can be almost anything. Silky windhounds come in two types reminiscent of long-haired whippets and reduced Russian borzoi dogs.

    Character

    These are human-oriented dogs, and they are absolutely not shy about expressing their love and devotion to the owner. Well trained. They get along very well with relatives, with young children; It is very good if Windhouse has a game comrade there will be where to splash out indefatigable energy. Due to a moderately pronounced hunting instinct, they can be kept on the same territory with small pets, including cats. Hardy and reckless in work, but not aggressive. Due to natural friendliness, they are not suitable for guards and guards: it is quite difficult for them to perceive a person as an enemy.

    Care

    Ears, eyes and claws are treated as needed. A more careful attitude requires wool, which should be carefully combed out at least a couple of times a week, which, however, due to the insignificance of the undercoat, will not be difficult.

    Conditions of detention

    An apartment, a country house, specially equipped warm enclosures despite the fact that these dogs are hardy and athletic, they require relatively comfortable living conditions. In particular, silky windhounds are not particularly cold hardy. Actually, they were displayed as reduced copies of the greyhounds, capable of living next to a person. Windhounds have many qualities of a companion dog, but still we must not forget that they were originally intended for hunting. However, they can lose their energy by participating in agility or coursing, if the owners do not go hunting for one reason or another.

    Silky Windhound: characteristics of the dog breed, photo, character, rules of care and maintenance

    Currently there are no silky windhound kennels in Russia yet. If this breed was brought into our country, then by single representatives, and there is no planned breeding.

    So the puppy will have to look abroad. But this is a completely solvable problem. The price for a young silky windhound ranges from $800 to $1,500.

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