Silken Windhound

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Silken Windhound History

The Silky Windhound is a scent hound breed of dog and cat. The working variety is known for being the fastest, most agile, and most difficult to train of all scent hounds. The silk wind hounds were bred for speed, agility, endurance, and their ability to navigate great distances. The Silky was originally developed in Spain for hunting rabbits. The name is thought to have derived from the soft fur of their coat, which was prized as a material for clothing. The wrinkle-faced version of the breed was specifically developed for hunting, while the smooth faced version was more often a companion. The wrinkled face version was used for coursing, while the Smooth faced was used as herder and for catching (not chasing) foxes.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America



Silken Windhound Physical Characteristics

The Silken Windhound is a medium-sized, longhaired breed of dog from the Nordic countries. It is a medium-size, sleek, athletic sight hound. The breed has a slim build, a finely chiseled head, and elongated muzzle. The ears are long and pointed. The tail is carried low and curves slightly upwards. The coat is soft and silky and the coloring can be gold, red, sable, or brindle. The legs are straight and the hair on the paws is short. Average height at the withers is 27.5 inches for males and 26.5 inches for females. The weight range is 60-80 lbs for males and 50-70 lbs for females.

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Coat Colors

Brindle, White, Fawn, Cream, Red, Brown, Gray, Black

Height Range

Male Height Range: 18 – 24 inches

Female Height Range: 18 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 33 – 55 lbs

Female Weight Range: 24 – 44 lbs

Silken Windhound Health

Description of breed health.


18-20 yrs

Silken Windhound Health Concerns

Lotus Syndrome, Usually A Very Healthy Breed

Silken Windhound Temperament and Behaviour

The Silken Windhound is a calm and good-natured breed that is a great family pet. They are gentle and polite, and are very tolerant of children. They are playful, but not overly energetic. They crave attention and affection, and like to be included in all activities. They are friendly and outgoing with new people, but may be shy around unfamiliar people. They get along well with other pets and dogs.

Silken Windhound Activity Requirements

Silken Windhounds are a small, elegant little dog that originated in Spain. They are one of the oldest sighthound breeds in the world and are still used to hunt small game. While they may not require a lot of physical activity, Silken Windhounds do require regular walks. They will benefit from being allowed to stretch their legs, but they don’t need to run for miles. If you are looking for a laid-back, couch potato type of dog, a Silken Windhound is not a good choice. They do need regular exercise, and they do best in a home where they can be with their people as much as possible.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Silken Windhound is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Silken Windhound is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Silken Windhound is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Silken Windhound is part of the Unclassified group.

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