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Sight Hounds

SighthoundsMany Sighthound breeds are relatively uncommon in the UK but the more popular breeds include Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Deerhounds, Afghan, Salukis, Borzoi and Whippets.  

Sighthounds are capable of reaching great speeds, the fastest of course is the Greyhound known to reach a top speed of over 40 mph, although the Saluki, whilst slower at around 35mph, has superior stamina having been bred for longer desert chases.

Long legs, giving tremendous stride, and paws designed to assist grip in high speed turns, combined with a slim body and long aerodynamic shape allow these dogs to follow the twists and turns of their quarry at incredible speeds. The deep chest cavity and large lung capacity helps provide the body with sufficient oxygen to maintain the chase.  

Many Sighthounds were bred to hunt in pairs or packs and as a result they have developed to be sociable with other hounds, however, the need for them to make their own decisions, away from the handler, when hunting in the field gives many Sighhounds an aloof independence. Whilst certainly not untrainable, these breeds are unlikely to become obedience champions!

Although relentless and single-minded in pursuit of their prey, at home Sighthounds tend to be very relaxed, gentle but playful companions.