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History The first small longhaired sighthounds were sighted at kennel Windsprite in the United States during the 1960s. These dogs were based manily on Whippets, but their longhaired trait is a mystery. During the early 1980s, kennel Kristull procured three females and two males from kennel Windsprite. Once the three females arrived at kennel Kristull, they found out that these dogs were pregnant with three males. They used these dogs for the creation of the Silken Windhound, mixing the dogs with Borzoi for enhancement of the coat, and Whippet, for the enlarging of the gene pool.
The aim of breeders who created the Silken Windhound is to develop a small longhaired sighthound. In 1999, the breed club was established. These dogs can now be found all over Europe, Canada, and the United States.
Appearance Silken Windhounds look like a small version of the Borzoi. These dogs have small and round head, with a small, long muzzle. The eyes of these dogs aren't very large and are slightly set back in their head. The ears of these dogs are small, and they have a thick and short neck. The back of these dogs is arched, resembling that of a cat. These dogs have a broad chest and a sunken in stomach. Their legs are very muscular, but their feet are small. The tail of these dogs is long and furry, and usually curls under their belly. These dogs have a coat that is medium in length and is typically wavy.
Colours These dogs can come in a wide variety of coat colours and markings. They can be solid or spottent, saddled, brindle, sable, black and tan, or even pure white. They can also sport a deep black or deep blue coat.
Temperament Silken Windhounds are playful and friendly. They like being with their family members, making them great family pets. These dogs are also good playmates for children. Silken Windhounds shouldn't be used as guard dogs because they have a tendency to be too friendly and trusting. As sighthounds, these dogs are excellent in lure coursing and racing. They are also intelligent enough to be good at other activities such as flyball, agility, therapy, and obedience. They can even be used as assistance dogs. These dogs can get along well with other household pets if properly socialized with them. They may, however, have a tendency to chase small animals.
Weight Male dogs of this breed are 33 to 55 pounds heavy, while females are 22 to 45 pounds. These dogs have a height that ranges from 18 to 23 1/2 inches.
Problems There are no genetic health problems specifically associated with this breed.
Living Conditions These dogs can live inside apartments if they are given enough chances to get exercise. It's still best for these dogs, though, to have a yard where they can run around and do some physical activities. These dogs should not be left alone to wander around in an area with no proper fencing, because they may go off chasing animals.
Requirements Like other sighthounds, Silken Windhounds love to run, but they should do this in a properly fenced area. These dogs should also be taken out for a long, daily walk or jog.
Training Requirements These dogs should be trained using firm and consistent methods. Owners should know how to display strong leadership skills when training these dogs. Proper socialization should also commence at an early age so that these dogs will grow up to be well-mannered.
Life Expectancy The life span of these dogs last from 14 to 18 years when properly taken care of.
Grooming The coat of these dogs is easy to groom and maintain. It should be brushed at least once each week.
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