About Sighthounds

Sighthounds are a group of dogs that consist of some of the most ancient breeds on earth. In general terms they are dogs that are adapted over thousands of years to hunt by sight and speed.  With their keen eye-sight and wide field of vision, as well as their breath-taking speed they catch their prey by running it down, not unlike a Lion or a Cheetah.  Sighthounds have been selected for these abilities, and it is this selection process which has produced these finely tuned canine athletes who have to be seen to be fully appreciated!  In appearance they are a cross between a flashy sports car and a graceful ballerina, in temperament they are intelligent, independent and yet deeply loyal and affectionate to those they love and trust.  

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Greyhounds

"The Greyhound is a very old breed of dog, a sighthound which has been historically bred for coursing game and latterly Greyhound racing. Since the rise in large scale adoption of retired racing Greyhounds, particularly in North America from the end of the 20th century, it has seen a resurgence in popularity as a family pet.

According to Merriam-Webster, a Greyhound is "any of a breed of tall slender graceful smooth-coated dogs characterized by swiftness and keen sight...of several related dogs."[1]

It is a gentle and intelligent breed whose combination of long, powerful legs, deep chest, flexible spine and slim build allows it to reach average race speeds in excess of 64 kilometres per hour (40 mph).[2][3][4] The Greyhound can reach a full speed of 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph) within 30 metres or six strides from the boxes, traveling at almost 20 metres per second for the first 250 metres of a race. There are few mammals that can accelerate faster over a short distance, such as the cheetah, which can reach speeds of 109 kilometres per hour (68 mph) over 3-4 strides from a standing start,[5] and pronghorn with an alleged top speed of 93 kilometres per hour (58 mph)[6]" - From Wikipedia

Whippets

"The Whippet (also English Whippet or Snap dog) is a dog breed of medium-size. They are a sighthoundbreed that originated in England, where they descended from greyhounds. Whippets today still strongly resemble a smaller greyhound. Shown in the Hound group, Whippets have relatively few health problems other than arrhythmia. Whippets also participate in dog sports such as lure coursingagility, and flyball.

Whippets were originally greyhounds that were deemed unsuitable for hunting because of their size. They were returned to their peasant breeders after being maimed so that they could not be used to hunt and break the Forest law. These maimed dogs were bred together and used to catch rats, and hunt rabbits. When the Forest law was repealed, these "miniature greyhounds" became popular in the sport of dog racing. This has led to Whippets being described as "the poor man's racehorse."[3] They are still frequently used as racing dogs today, as they have the highest running speed of breeds their weight: 35 miles per hour (56 km/h) and even challenge greyhounds for top speed. Whippets are however the fastest accelerating dog in the world" - From Wikipedia

Italian Greyhounds

"The Italian Greyhound (in ItalianPiccolo Levriero Italiano) is a small breed of dog of the sight hound type, sometimes called an "I.G." or an "Iggy".[1] The origins of the breed are unknown.[2]

The Italian Greyhound is the smallest of the sighthounds, typically weighing about 8 to 18 lb (3.6 to 8.2 kg) and standing about 13 to 15 inches (33 to 38 cm) tall at the withers. They are in the toy group based on their weight, but are larger than other dogs in the category due to their slender bodies." - From Wikipedia

Salukis

"The Saluki, Persianسلوکی,سگ تازی‎ / Arabicسلوقي‎ / ALA-LCsalūqī / also known as the (Slougui) Royal Dog of Egypt or Persian Greyhound is one of the oldest known breeds of domesticated dog. The Saluki is a sighthound and historically traveled throughout the Middle East and Silk road with caravans and nomadic tribes over an area stretching from the Sahara to the Caspian Sea and China. They have been used to hunt quarry such as gazelles and hare in many countries especially in ancient Iran. Shaped like a typical sighthound, they come in two varieties: smooth and feathered. Though they are an independent breed that needs patient training, they are gentle and affectionate with their owners." - From Wikipedia

Borzoi

The Borzoi (/ˈbɔrzɔɪ/, literally "fast"), also called the Russian wolfhound (RussianРу́сская псовая борзая), is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris). Descended from dogs brought to Russia from central Asian countries, it is similar in shape to a greyhound, and is also a member of the sighthound family.

The system by which Russians over the ages named their sighthounds was a series of descriptive terms, not actual names. "Borzói" is the masculine singular form of an archaic Russian adjective that means "fast". "Borzáya sobáka" ("fast dog") is the basic term used by Russians, though "sobáka" is usually dropped. The name "Psovaya" derived from the word Psovina, which means "wavy, silky coat", just as "Hortaya" (as in Hortaya Borzaya) means shorthaired. In Russia today the breed we know as the borzoi is officially known as "Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya". Other Russian sighthound breeds are "Stepnaya Borzaya" (from the steppe), called "Stepnoi"; and "Krimskaya Borzaya" (from the Crimea), called "Krimskoi".

The standard plural, "borzois", is given in most dictionaries and must therefore be considered correct.[1][2] The Borzoi Club of America and the Borzoi Club UK[3] both prefer "borzoi" as the form for both singular and plural forms (this is not the case in Russian, as the Russian plural is "borzýe"). - from Wikipedia

Afghan Hound

"The Afghan Hound is a hound that is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence. Distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end, the breed acquired its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan. Its local name is Tāžī Spay (Pashtoتاژي سپی‎) or Sag-e Tāzī (Dari Persian: سگ تازی). Other alternate names for this breed are Kuchi HoundTāzīBalkh HoundBaluchi HoundBarutzy HoundShalgar HoundKabul HoundGalanday Hound, or sometimes incorrectly African Hound." - from Wikipedia

Irish Wolfhound

"The Irish Wolfhound (IrishCú FaoilIrish pronunciation: [ˈkuː ˈfˠiːlʲ]) is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris), specifically a very large sighthound from Ireland. The name originates from its purpose (wolf hunting with dogs) rather than from its appearance. The breed was originally developed from war hounds to one used for hunting and guarding. Irish Wolfhounds can be an imposing sight due to their formidable size; they are the tallest of all dog breeds.[1]" - from Wikipedia