Silken Windhound is a small longhaired sighthound that is considered as a good coursing dog with exceptional running ability. The elegant and responsive dog excels in agility, competitive obedience and is considered as an amazing therapy dog.
This rare breed was originally developed in the United States by breeder Francie Stull. The breed combines the best aspects of Borzoi and Whippetdog breeds. These dogs are bred according to the International Silken Windhound Society breed standard. These aesthetic dogs make extremely affectionate and lovable family companions.
The small to medium sized Silken Windhound dogs are quite similar to Borzois in appearance. They are characterized by a strong and athletic build. The head is chiseled and nose is large. Neck is long and arched. The eyes are small in size and dark in color. The triangular ears are folded behind the head. The long, well feathered tail is carried low.
Color: These dogs come in a variety of colors like white, blue, red, sable, black & tan, brindle and so on.
Height: The average height of Silken Windhound dog breed is 18 to 23.5 inches.
Weight: The ideal weight for these dogs ranges between 33 to 55 pounds. Female Silken Windhounds are generally 22 to 45 pounds in weight.
These are fairly healthy dogs that are not susceptible to any serious genetic diseases. However, some dogs may be prone to cryptorchidism, lotus syndrome, deafness etc.
Life Expectancy: The average lifespan of these dogs is usually 14 to 18 years.
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The long, soft and silky coat of a Silken Windhound is easy to groom and needs to be brushed at least once in a week. The protective hair coat can be straight, slightly wavy or curly. The amount of shedding depends on the type of hair coat.
Silken Windhound puppies tend to shed the hair coat at the age of 12-18 months. Other grooming requirements include regularly trimming the toenails, checking and cleaning the eyes and ears, etc. These dogs need to be bathed only when necessary.
Silken Windhound temperament is gentle, affectionate, playful, friendly, loyal, inquisitive and intelligent. These adorable dogs crave human companionship and attention. They are good with kids and tend to greet strangers without any reservations.
These dogs are compatible with other pets in the house. They are not considered good watchdogs or guard dogs. This is not a working breed but still easy to train with the positive reinforcement. They find repetitions and long training sessions quite boring.
However, these smart and fairly sociable dogs are always eager to please their owners and do not require harsh training methods. Early socialization helps maintain a balanced temperament in these dogs. Silken Windhounds are easy to housebreak.
These active dogs need regular exercise and love to run and play in large open areas. They also enjoy the ritual of daily walks. They can tolerate any weather condition do well in apartment situation with a properly fenced yard. Fencing is necessary because Silken Windhound is a sighthound and thus possesses strong hunting instincts that can lure the dog to wander off chasing moving entities.