If you’ve been considered getting a new pet, the Silken Windhound could be a good choice. The dog has several qualities that make it an ideal family dog.
These dogs are very comfortable being in your home and are fairly calm so you won’t have to worry about how the dog will get along with your loved ones. However, there are some things to look out for when you’re caring for a pet.
Here are some facts you need to know before you bring your new furry family member home.
Silken Windhounds are similar to Borzois
The Silken Windhound is essentially the smaller version of the Borzoi. The Windhound was bred in the US as a sighthound. Silken Windhounds weigh between 22 and 55 pounds and love to run and chase small animals.
The dog is easy to train and wants to please its owner(s). These pets have a mild temperament and enjoy relaxing on the couch. Since the Windhound’s coat sheds often, it’s best to groom the dog once a week; however, the dog does not shed excessively.
Silken Windhound coats come in a variety of patterns and colors so they’re visually appealing and look especially elegant when they’re running.
If you’re already a fan of Borzois but want to own a slightly smaller dog you’ll likely enjoy being a Silken Windhound owner.
The Silken Windhound likes to run
This dog enjoys running and has a strong urge to chase things. However, the Silken Windhound is easier to train than other Greyhound dogs. You can take the Windhound to dog parks to exercise; these dogs can be trained to come when you call them, even in the puppy stage.
Even though Silken Windhounds are content being at home lounging on the furniture, the dogs are physically active and need to go for a walk or run at least once a day.
So, getting a Silken Windhound as a pet can help you stick to your exercise regimen or become more physically active.
Silken Windhounds are well-mannered dogs
Most Silken Windhounds are even-tempered and get along well with children, which makes them an ideal family pet. The dogs also play nicely with other dogs and cats. Silken Winhounds are house dogs and they love having a soft, cozy place to relax.
These dogs are eager to please their owners and are affectionate and playful. Since Silken Winhounds are so good-natured, they don’t make good watchdogs. If the dog sees and stranger, the animal will likely greet the individual and want to play instead of growling or barking.
Since Silken Winhounds are a fairly new breed, it is not currently recognized by the American Kennel Club. However, the United Kennel Club acknowledged these dogs in 2011 when Silken Windhounds appears in competitions and shows in various countries.
Silken Winhounds can te trained
These beautiful dogs can be trained for dog sports, as well as agility and obedience. Silken Windhounds pick up instructions quickly because they are intelligent and want to make their owners happy.
However, you’ll have to reinforce your training with positive behavior because the dogs have a strong urge to chase smaller creatures like squirrels or birds.
Silken Windhounds come in several colors
Silken Windhounds have luxurious coats that are shiny and feel like silken. The dogs come in a variety of colors and patterns. Even though the dogs look glamourous, their fur is easy to maintain — you’ll need to brush your dog’s fur at least once a week. Silken Windhound fur can be straight, wavy, or curly.
The dogs are also known for their wedge-shaped heads and almond-shaped eyes that make the animal look especially friendly and alert.
The Silken Windhound has small ears that stand slightly upward when the dog sees something intriguing. Silken Windhound also have very strong legs for running quickly to catch prey.
Silken Windhounds have an interesting history
These dogs are sighthounds, and these dogs are known for being very large. The Whippet is a sighthound that wasn’t as large as other sighthounds.
Francie Stull, a Borzoi breeder, wanted to breed a medium-sized sighthound with fur that was similar to Borzoi dogs. Since she couldn’t find a dog that fits this description, she bred dogs to produce the Silken Windhound in all sighthound color combinations.
Beginning with the Borzoi, Stull crossed the dogs with small Whippets and Whippet-based lurchers. The first litter of Silken Winhounds was born in 1985, but the dogs didn’t get their name until 1998.
The International Silken Windhound Society was chartered in 1999. This organization maintains registrations and pedigrees for Silken Windhounds. In 2001 a breed standard was adopted.
Silken Windhounds are found all over the world
Silken Winhounds are found in several areas of the US. People in Japan, Mexico, Japan, Canada, the Bahamas, Finland, the UK, the Union of South Africa, Italy, and Sweden also have Silken Windhounds as pets and/or train them for shows and competitions.
Silken Windhounds are generally healthy dogs
Silken Windhounds are healthy for the most part, especially when properly cared for. However, all dogs have genetic tendencies to develop health issues.
If you’re purchasing a Winhound from a breeder, get a health guarantee on the animal to indicate that the dog has no major health complications. Reputable breeders will be honest with you about certain conditions you may need to look for in your new dog(s).
The International Silken Windhound Society works to ensure that the dogs are as healthy as possible. Each registered dog has its DNA banked with a genetic tracking system from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
Lotus syndrome is a genetic defect that affects the Silken Windhound. Currently, there are no genetic tests for the condition, and puppies who suffer from this syndrome pass away shortly after birth.
A professional breeder will discuss how likely it is for certain dogs to develop Lotus syndrome so you can make the wisest purchasing decision when you’re looking to buy a Silken Windhound as a pet.