Dog Breed

Silken Windhound

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Full Name
Silken Windhound
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Life Span
14 years
Weight
20 - 45 pounds
Description

Friendly, Affectionate, Playful, Companionable, Trusting, Familial

Origin
United States of America
Bred For
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    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Silken Windhound good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.

    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Silken Windhound friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.

    Dog Friendly

    Is the Silken Windhound friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.

    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Silken Windhound like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.

    Playfulness

    Does the Silken Windhound like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.

    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Silken Windhound make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.

    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Silken Windhound good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.

    Training Potential

    How well can the Silken Windhound be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the Silken Windhound. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.

    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Silken Windhound shed a lot?

    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Silken Windhound easy to groom?

    Exercise Need

    Does the Silken Windhound need a lot of exercise?

    Personality
    Intelligence

    How smart is the Silken Windhound?

    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Silken Windhound bark? Does the Silken Windhound bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.

    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Silken Windhound a good guard dog?

    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Silken Windhound good at staying alone? Is the Silken Windhound independent?

    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Silken Windhound a good apartment dog? Can the Silken Windhound live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.

    Size

    How big is the Silken Windhound?

    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Silken Windhound tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Silken Windhound?

    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Silken Windhound tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Silken Windhound?

    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Silken Windhound try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.

    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Silken Windhound a healthy dog? The general health of a Silken Windhound should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Silken Windhound? Is the Silken Windhound too energetic for your lifestyle?

    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Silken Windhound drool?

    Prey Drive

    Does the Silken Windhound have a large prey drive? Does the Silken Windhound like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.

    Athleticism

    Is the Silken Windhound atheltic? Is the Silken Windhound fast and strong?

    • Hound
    • Sighthound
    • Silken Windhound
    The Silken Windhound is a purebred dog that belongs to the Sighthound sub group, which falls under the larger Hound dog breed group.
    Hound group: The hound has traditionally been used alongside hunters to track or chase prey. Unlike retrievers who are bred primarily to retrieve and bring back the prey, hounds were typically bred to have excellent vision, scent, or speed to pursue the prey. Because of the Hound's excellent vision, scent, and focus, they are a common police and secret services dog. Hounds are typically categorized into either "scent hounds" or "sight hounds". Both exercise and mental stimulation is important for hounds because of their history. They want to feel they have a "job" and want to go to bed feeling they have done their day's duty.
    Sighthound sub-group: Sighthounds have been hunting dogs for thousands of years. Their exceptional vision is something that has been passed down through the generations. These dogs can be used to hunt down small game, but also to find it in the first place with the exceptional vision. The fastest dogs in the world also fall into this sighthound group- the famous greyhounds. Sighthounds can be trained very well, but may need a firm leader. They are used to physical work, and intense exercise, so they need a challenge, or else they can become rebellious. They can be an excellent companion to an athlete who likes to run and live an active lifestyle.

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