American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Silken Windhound


History

Dating back to the 1900's, the Silken Windhound is made up of the Borzoi and Whippet bloodlines. This breed is gaining popularity in the United States and is an excellent sighthound.

Appearance

The Silken Windhound is a medium to large size breed with males and females measuring 18-24 inches in height and weighing 25-55 pounds in weight. This breed is built very tall, thin and long. Their head is a small, narrow, wedge shape, forming into the same size narrow muzzle with a severe scissor bite. Their two medium sized ears are "rose" and folded against the side of their head. Their tail is thin, long and is carried against their bodies when relaxed. Their double layer coat is wavy in appearance, think and silk like, available in all colors and color combinations.

Temperament

The Silken Windhound is extremely in-tune with their human companions and owners. This breed aims to please and is always ready to hear the next command and obey. This breed does will with growing families and children they are able to grow up with, as well as other dogs. If thoroughly socialized with non-canine pets in the home, this breed will be fine, however for those that are questionable, we recommend just canine homes for this breed. This breed is known for being easy to potty train, a great listener, an active breed when outdoors and a wonderful sighthound. Early socialization and obedience classes are recommended along with positive reinforcement training methods only.

Grooming

This breed requires daily brushing and bathing when needed. Regular professional grooming is also recommended.

Special Notes

Please note that this breed requires a properly fenced in yard to run freely within daily, as well as a properly fitting harness and leash while walked elsewhere. Please fully educate yourself about the Silken Windhound prior to adding one to your household to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial care. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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