“The Silken Windhound was created by Francie Stull, a successful breeder of top show and performance American Kennel Club (AKC) Borzoi and Deerhound who utilized her decades of experience with AKC hounds in the formation of this breed, combining the best aspects of some of the top performance Borzoi and Whippet bloodlines in the Americas. The first Silken Windhound litter was whelped in 1987, and the breed club was formed in 1999. In early 2011, The Silken Windhound was recognized by the United Kennel Club. Silken Windhounds now are located all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Silken Windhounds were bred to be a small to medium-sized sighthound. Like other members of their group, they hunt by sight, and can course game in open areas at high speeds.
The Silken Windhound is a graceful, small to medium sized sighthound with a silky coat of middling length. It owes its appearance and build to its Borzoi and Whippet forebears. The Silken has many coat colors that can range from spotted to solid.
Silken Windhounds are affectionate and playful and are good dogs for families with children. Due to their friendliness, they are not good guard dogs but are easily house broken and can be trained to live with smaller household pets. Silkens particularly like agility, therapy, flyball, and obedience.
The Silken Windhound is intelligent and easily trained using reward and affection in short, positive sessions. Silkens work eagerly and form strong relationships with their owners if so treated. Like many sighthounds, Silken Windhounds can slip out of standard buckle dog collars and so martingale or semi-slip collars are favoured.
Silken Windhounds typically live into their middle to late teens. Bone and joint ailments (for example hip dysplasia) and the digestive system disease gastric dilatation volvulus (bloat) are rare. Some such dogs are sensitive to ivermectin and related drugs; a simple test is now available to find whether a dog carries a defective MDR1 (multi-drug resistance) gene. Responsible breeders are working to remove this gene from studs. There have been some cases of cryptorchidism, umbilical hernia, lotus syndrome, and deafness and cataracts in old dogs.”
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