Silken Windhound Standard of the Breed

General Appearance

The Silken Windhound is an elegant, small to medium-sized sighthound, with a moderately long, silky coat. Its classic lines and athletic build are the hallmarks of a true coursing dog. When viewing a Silken Windhound, one has the impression of grace, balance and strength integrated with exceptional running ability.

The surrounding dogs are all nice representatives of the breed.

Notice what they have in common. In addition to the individual parts, like gentle rise over the loin, upper arms that come back under the dog, lovely heads and expression, they also have that unmistakable image of quality. The noble picture of a dog that owns the ground that it stands on.

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The females above are just as impressive as the males at the top. They are just as noble and elegant.

In proportion, they are approximately square or slightly rectangular. Silkens that are excessively longer or shorter than they are tall are to be penalized to the extent of the deviation.

A dog with too short of a loin will not be able to execute the double suspension gallop effectively. The length of the powerful loin is the hallmark of a good running dog.

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Character and Temperament

The Silken Windhound’s expression is alert, friendly and intelligent.

The Silken Windhound is an intelligent hound of balanced character. While this breed exhibits strong prey drive in the field, they are gentle, affectionate, devoted companion animals in the home. An unwarranted show of timidity or nervousness, or any sign of hostility towards people or dogs are to be penalized.