Silken Windhounds: Silken Windhounds are small, hardy, highly athletic and strikingly elegant sighthounds. Their classic, sweeping lines and athletic build are the hallmark of true coursing dogs, which is evident beneath their luxurious, silky, yet protective coats. Their size, structure, and coats enable Silken Windhounds not only to be capable runners over a wide variety of terrain and through unpredictable weather conditions, but also to be competitive in a variety of dog sports. Viewing Silken Windhounds from the side, they have remarkable beauty integrated with exceptional running ability. Beginning with their chiseled heads, long arched necks, and the graceful sweep of their long, low carried tails, Silken Windhounds are the embodiment of athletic beauty. Their moderately long silky coats complement their sweeping curves.
Silken Windhounds are intelligent and responsive sighthounds that demonstrate strong desires to please their human companions. They are quite expressive in their display of affection towards those they are fond of. Silken Windhounds are also quite sociable with other dogs. They adapt to any family life style very quickly and love adults and children alike. Some Silken Windhounds may be more sensitive around noisy, loud, or excited children. Be sure to take your children when you select a Silken Windhound so that you know you have picked one that enjoys children. As long as you properly introduce and socialize them, Silken Windhounds have no problem living with cats, chinchillas, birds or other pets. Silken Windhounds will alert you when someone is coming, but they are not watch or guard dogs. Silken Windhounds are usually friendly with strangers and are a curious breed. They housebreak easily, but appreciate having free access to the outdoors when they need to relieve themselves. For their own safety, they should never be let off leash around cars.
The first small longhaired sighthounds appeared during the 1960's at the Windsprite kennel in the United States. They were mainly based on Whippets, but exactly where the longhaired trait comes from has not been determined.
The Kristull Kennel in the United States started during the beginning of the 80's with 2 males and 3 females from the Windsprite kennel. The 3 females were pregnant with yet 3 other males on arrival. Borzoi were added to enhance their coats and Whippets were added to enlarge their gene pool.
The creation of Silken Windhounds was not to produce a mini-Borzoi or some kind of longhaired version of a Whippet, but instead, the creation of small long-haired sighthounds.
Silken Windhounds are an established breed that is bred according to the standard accepted by the International Silken Windhound Society.
The Silken Windhound Size:
Height: 18-23.5 inches
Weight: 22-55 lbs