Silkens are currently participating in conformation showing (select venues), lure coursing and racing, agility, pet therapy, and performing as service dogs. They excel at delighting their owners and creating their own niche in the sighthound world.
Silkens are currently able to be shown in Rarities/NAKC, IABCA and National Canine Association (NCA) conformation shows. The ISWS also hosts Silkenfest (our national specialty show) each year, and ISWS members and regional clubs are able to apply to host specialty shows in their area.
In 2005, ISWS implemented a straight racing program for Silkens based on the rules of the Large Gazehound Racing Association (LGRA). There are many LGRA clubs who will host an ISWS meet in conjunction with their LGRA meet. These clubs are listed on the Racing page. An oval racing program was developed in 2008.
Following the progress of the racing program, 2007 saw the development of a coursing program for Silkens based primarily on ASFA (American Sighthound Field Association) rules. Silkens became eligible to compete in ASFA events within the Limited Stake in December 2009 and have been able to participate in NLCC events since its inception.
Silkens may also compete in Agility through USDAA and NADAC and there are some organizations that allow them to compete in Obedience and Flyball.
There are also Silken Windhounds serving as Therapy Dogs, visiting hospitals and nursing homes, sharing their wonderful nature with those in need of comfort from furry friends of good cheer.