Multiple SBIS Ch. Shylo Sassoon of Enigma Dreams (b. 2013) with Steve.

Int. Ch. Shani Kel Sahoussahaq. Photo by Mia Ejerstad.
Best-in-Show judge at Donaueschingen, Gabriel Valdez from Colombia. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.
Best-in-Show judge at Donaueschingen, Gabriel Valdez from Colombia. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.
Cirnechi dell'Etna
Cirnechi dell'Etna

The Sobers prefix, owned by Bitte Ahrens of Italy, is today known around the whole world, including the US. The kennel was started in Sweden in the mid-1950s by Bitte’s grandmother Astrid Jonsson, pictured with a group of her first homebred Greyhound champions.

Multiple SBIS Ch. Shylo Sassoon of Enigma Dreams (b. 2013) with Steve.

Int. Ch. Shani Kel Sahoussahaq. Photo by Mia Ejerstad.
Best-in-Show judge at Donaueschingen, Gabriel Valdez from Colombia. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.
Best-in-Show judge at Donaueschingen, Gabriel Valdez from Colombia. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.
Cirnechi dell'Etna
Cirnechi dell'Etna

The Sobers prefix, owned by Bitte Ahrens of Italy, is today known around the whole world, including the US. The kennel was started in Sweden in the mid-1950s by Bitte’s grandmother Astrid Jonsson, pictured with a group of her first homebred Greyhound champions.
         If I hear one more breeder brag about how rarely they breed I think I'll explode … I'm not sure why it's taken so long for the simple truth — that we all need to breed more dogs — to get into my head, but it's cold comfort that many other dog people obviously still think the way I used to for many years.

  • Multiple SBIS Ch. Shylo Sassoon of Enigma Dreams (b. 2013) with Steve.
           Q: How did you start in dogs? When and how did you fall in love with your breed (or breeds), and how did you go about founding your current breeding program? Briefly outline the most important breeding decisions you made and identify the most successful dogs you have bred. Do you believe in linebreeding or outcrossing?
  • Hounds have long been considered emblems of luxurious living. This image is so deeply embedded in popular culture that its use as a literary device can only be described as ubiquitous. The most famous reference to their unspoken value may be the Nikolai Gogol character in The Inspector-General, a corrupt public official who accepted only Greyhound puppies as bribes.

  • “The Open Door,” painted by Briton Riviere (1840-1920). The Greyhound is Sir R. Buchanan Jardine’s Long Span, winner of the Waterloo Cup in 1907. The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1915 and was presented to the Kennel Club by F. N. Picket, Esq. This life size painting now hangs in the large dining room of the Kennel Club, London.
    Perhaps you were like me, not really interested in reading anything except the printed word? I'm pretty old-fashioned in many ways: I still read the daily newspaper at the breakfast table, I enjoy reading the dog newspapers that still arrive in droves by mail, and I usually read myself to sleep with a good book at night — but I have to admit I've changed my habits quite a lot since Sighthound Review went digital. There were several things I liked about the internet already — email! Google!
  • Best-in-Show judge at Donaueschingen, Gabriel Valdez from Colombia. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.
    Best-in-Show judge at Donaueschingen, Gabriel Valdez from Colombia. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.
    News and results from major Sighthound events in the U.S. and abroad.
Cirnechi dell'Etna
Cirnechi dell'Etna
         Everybody knows there are just a dozen or so Sighthound breeds, right? Watching the Hound Group being judged at a regular American Kennel Club show, you will see the established Sighthound breeds, long-legged and aristocratic, lined up somewhat incongruously next to mostly very different-looking other Hound breeds. First come the Afghan Hound and the Borzoi, then the Greyhound, Ibizan Hound, Pharaoh Hound, Saluki and Scottish Deerhound, with the Whippet at the end.
Salukis competing
Salukis
This year the Fédération Cynologique Internationale held its European Lure Coursing Championship on the weekend of June 20-23 in Estonia. For many enthusiasts this was too far away from central Europe.

Panda-marked Afghan Hound at a show in Europe.
In this the second* of three articles dealing with controversial colors and patterns in various Sighthound breeds, we cover the Afghan Hound, Scottish Deerhound, Rhodesian Ridgeback and Basenji. Although color seems like a trite characteristic of a breed it is apparently an important point, judging by people's reactions, either pro or con, when the subject of an unusual color comes up. In every breed where I have asked the question there have been accusations of crossbreeding and attempting to breed a new color for profit. I have been chastised by some for even mentioning that these colors exist, for fear it will encourage readers to want one or decide to start breeding them. I prefer to allow people to see the controversy and the colors for themselves and make up their own mind what they want to do.

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