Introducing Silken Windhounds

Silken Windhounds, or “Silkens” for short, are a purebred American sighthound breed that, in the words of the International Silken Windhound Society (“ISWS”), “fills a niche in the sighthound breeds with a smaller, long-haired hound.”  Silken Windhounds are recognized by the UKC, the largest all-purebreed performance-dog registry in the world.

About This Blog

This blog features Silken Windhounds involved in performance events, including lure coursing, straight racing, oval racing, open field coursing, flyball, and more!

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Lure Coursing

Silken Windhounds can enter American Sighthound Field Association (“ASFA”) lure coursing trials as a provisional breed.

As a recognized UKC breed, Silken Windhounds can also enter UKC Lure Coursing events. The UKC Lure Coursing rules are available online, in PDF Format.

Silkens can also compete in National Lure Coursing Club (“NLCC”) trials as a fully recognized breed.

Additional information about Silken lure coursing may be found on the ISWS Lure Coursing site, in our Glossary, and via the Helpful Links on the right sidebar.

Straight Racing

As of January 1, 2013, Silkens can participate in straight racing with the Large Gazehound Racing Association (“LGRA”).

More information on Silken straight racing can be found at the ISWS Straight Racing website.

Oval Racing

As of January 1, 2013, Silkens can compete in oval racing as a provisional breed with the National Oval Track Racing Association (“NOTRA”).

More information on Silken oval racing can be found on the ISWS Oval Racing site.

Open Field Coursing

Silken Windhounds are recognized by the National Open Field Coursing Association (“NOFCA”) to compete in mixed and breed hunts.

All-Breed Performance Events

In addition to competing in traditional sighthound performance events, Silkens compete in flyball, agility, obedience, rally, K-9 Nosework, and much more!  Silkens are recognized to compete in all-breed performance events hosted by the ISWS, the United Kennel Club (“UKC”), the Australian Shepherd Club of America (“ASCA”), the North American Flyball Association (“NAFA”), and the National Association of Canine Scent Work (“NACSW”), as well as any other event recognizing UKC registrations.


Any views and opinions expressed on this page are solely those of the individual authors of this blog and do not reflect the official views of the ISWS, ASFA, LGRA, NOTRA, ECSW, SWC, NLCC, UKC or any other official breed or performance organization.  While reasonable best efforts have been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page, this is not an official guide.  Please visit the linked sites for official rules and information.