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Silken Windhound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Silken Windhound so you can get to know the breed more.

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Silken Windhound
OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Silken Windhound have? The dog breed also known as...
Silken
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Silken Windhound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Silken Windhound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Silken Windhound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Silken Windhound price:
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Silken Windhound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Silken Windhound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Silken Windhound gets to a happy place.

Silken Windhound History

As a comparatively new breed, the history of the Silken Windhound is not a long one, but thanks to that we do have more exact information about how the breed formed. The first Silken Windhound litter was born in 1985 in the United States, though the breed was not named until 1998. The most committed pioneer of this breed’s creation was Francie Stull of Kristull Kennel, a Borzoi breeder who wanted to create a mid-sized, long, silky coated sighthound that would be easy to groom and maintain. For years, they had been searching for the perfect second breed for their Kristull Borzoi kennel and in 1975 they came to an agreement on the specifics of the new breed, and which breed is eligible to cross the Borzoi with. The Silken Windhound’s ancestors were Borzois and Whippets. After 1998 the first International Silken Windhound Society was established, and the Silken Windhound studbook was closed in 2000. As with all the other recognized breeds, The Silken Windhound is required to be DNA verified to be registered, so it has a complete DNA verified registry. The United Kennel Club recognized the breed in 2011, but the American Kennel Club still does not recognize it. Nowadays, the breed pops up in shows and performance competitions worldwide to popularize the Silken Windhound. The breed can be found throughout the United States and around the globe, including Canada, Japan, Africa, and Europe. While awaiting formal recognition by AKC and FCI, their easy training, and affectionate personality ensures that they can be found showing in conformation, coursing, racing, working as service dogs and in cancer detection, and living as loving family companions. Thanks to this breed’s personality and look The Silken Windhound will be a popular choice for those who want to combine family life and professional dog training in the future.

Silken Windhound General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Silken Windhound size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Silken Windhound weigh? Silken Windhound weight:
Female: 22-45 pounds (10-20 kg), Male: 33-55 pounds (15-25 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Silken Windhound? Silken Windhound average weight:
Female: 33.5 pounds (15 kg), Male: 44 pounds (20 kg)
Height
How tall is the Silken Windhound? Silken Windhound height:
18-23.5 inches (46-60 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Silken Windhound average height:
18-23.5 inches (53 cm)

Silken Windhound Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Silken Windhound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Silky
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Silken Windhound's coat?
BrownRedWhiteTanGraySilverBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Silken Windhound and how often?
Average: The Silken Windhound requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Silken Windhound, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Silken Windhound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Silken? Silken Windhound shedding level:
Silken Windhounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Silken Windhound Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Silken Windhound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateFamiliarPlayfulLovingCompanionableFriendlyTrusting
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Silken Windhound? Are they intelligent?
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Silken Windhound. Türelemre van szükség ahhoz, hogy ezt a fajtát bármilyen trükkre és parancsra megtanítsd, ám az erőfeszítés megéri. Megértik és megjegyzik az új parancsokat átlagosan 25–40 ismétlés után.
Trainability
Are Silken Windhound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Silken Windhounds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Silken Windhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Silken Windhound sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Silken Windhounds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Silken Windhounds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Silken need? Silken Windhound social needs:
Silken Windhounds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Silken Windhound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Silken bark?
Low to Average: The Silken Windhound rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Silken Windhound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Silken Windhounds are not the best watchdogs. They aren't very territorial and protective about their property, so they probably won't alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Silken Windhound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Silken Windhounds are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Silken Windhound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Silken? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Silken Windhound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Silken Windhound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Silken Windhound do?
Silken Windhounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Silken Windhounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Silken Windhound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Silken Windhound roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Silken Windhound is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Silken Windhound have high prey drive?
Silken Windhounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Silken Windhound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Silken Windhound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Silken Windhound fajta. Jó, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, így nem jelenthet gondot Silken Windhound tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Silken Windhounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Silken Windhound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Silken Windhound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Silken Windhound temperament with other people:
Silken Windhounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Silken Windhound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Silken Windhound temperament with children:
Silken Windhounds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Silken Windhound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Silken Windhounds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Silken Windhound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Silken Windhound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Silken Windhounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Silken Windhounds good office dogs? Do Silken Windhounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Silken Windhounds be office dogs?
No
Silken Windhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Silken Windhound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Silken temperament with senior people? Are Silken Windhound dogs good for elderly owners?
Silken Windhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Silken Windhound dogs get along with other pets? Are Silken Windhound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Silken Windhounds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Silken Windhound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Silken Windhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Silken Windhound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Silken Windhound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Silken Windhound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Silken Windhound be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Silken Windhound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Silken Windhound be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Silken Windhound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Silken Windhound be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Silken Windhound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Silken Windhound be a boat dog?
Not really
Silken Windhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Silken Windhound be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Silken Windhound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Silken Windhound Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Silken Windhound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Silken Windhounds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Silken Windhound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Silken Windhound be?
16-20 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Silken Windhound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Silken Windhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Silken Windhound have? What is the activity level of the Silken Windhound?
Silken Windhounds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Silken Windhound dogs require per day?
Silken Windhounds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Silken Windhounds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Silken Windhound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Silken Windhound risk for obesity:
Low. The Silken Windhound has good luck with genetics. This breed doesn't need to worry about obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Silken Windhound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Silken Windhound can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Silken Windhound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Silken Windhound drool?
The Silken Windhound is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Silken Windhound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Silken Windhound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Silken Windhound have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Silken Windhound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Silken Windhound Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Silken Windhounds are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Silken Windhound fajta.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low.
  • Adaptability: Silken Windhounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Silken Windhounds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Silken Windhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Silken Windhounds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Silken Windhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Watchdog Ability: Silken Windhounds are not the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Silken Windhound is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Office Friendly: Silken Windhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Silken Windhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Kathryn

    May 23, 2021, 7:47:45 PM:

    Very social and affectionate breed, good for ESA or service dog training. Also great in sports, conformation, or just lounging on the couch. Great family dog, adaptable to apartment or trailer living.