Activities for Silken Windhounds (and Their Owners)

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.

Conformation Shows

Silkens are currently able to be shown in International Canine Kennel Club (formerly Rarities/NAKC), IABCA, National Canine Association (NCA), and United Kennel Club (UKC) conformation shows.

The ISWS also hosts SilkenFest (their national specialty show) each year, and ISWS members and regional clubs are able to apply to host specialty shows in their area.


Silken Windhounds were granted provisional status by LGRA in 2012, then in 2013 received full recognition. They may now compete without restriction in LGRA events.

An ISWS oval racing program was developed in 2008. UKC registered Silken Windhounds are currently able to enter NOTRA oval track race meets as a provisional breed.


Lure Coursing

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.

In December 2009, Silkens became eligible to compete in ASFA events within the Limited Stake. They have also been able to participate in NLCC events since its inception.

The Silken Windhound breed entered ASFA provisional status on March 1, 2012.


Other Activities

Silkens may also compete in Agility through USDAA, NADAC, and UKC, and there are some organizations that allow them to compete in Obedience and Flyball. There is also Nose Work, Barn Hunt (UKC) and Weight Pull (UKC) that Silkens can participate in.

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.