Sighthound Longevity

How old will your Sighthound get? I can’t imagine a more important question to ask, whether you are a new owner bringing your first puppy home or a seasoned fancier whose dogs are inching into seniority. How long can we reasonably expect our dogs to brighten our lives? Strangely, this is not a subject that’s talked about much, perhaps because of a certain squeamishness in discussing a subject that’s really a matter of life an death.

A genuine black Karwani, showing typical deep chest, sharply rising underline with a squarer body shape and level topline.
A genuine black Karwani, showing typical deep chest, sharply rising underline with a squarer body shape and level topline.

Travels In India: Looking for the pure Caravan Hound

We were nearing the end of a four-day journey. I was lying on a strange bed, at an unfamiliar hotel room in a foreign town. Although I was exhausted, sleep was unthinkable. We had spent many hours driving through cities, towns and villages to reach outlying homesteads to fulfil a quest, a search for the rarest of dogs. Its native name is Karwani, otherwise known as the Caravan Hound.

Photo by Jessica Bolander
Photo by Jessica Bolander

Good Bone vs. Bad Bone

My three bored Salukis are casting about for a way to amuse themselves on a dull, rainy afternoon. Their toy box is overflowing with dead toys. The neighborhood cats are staying indoors. There are no joggers. Life could hardly be more tedious. Experience has taught me that I will not like their creative solutions to boredom, so I wisely decide to provide them a diversion. “Look what I found!” rouses their interest.

Echo of Aerie (GCh. Riverlawn Exit of Aerie x Ch. June of Aerie), just starting her show career, "demonstrating the strength in her easy and active movement that we strive for in our breeding program." Photo Mindy Levin.

Breeders Forum: Aerie Irish Wolfhounds, Doug Marx and Amy Benjamin

       Q: How did you start in dogs? When and how did you found your current breeding program? Briefly outline the important breeding decisions you made and identify the most successful dogs you have bred. 

Borzoi running in the snow. From Illustrated Outdoor News, 1906.

The Hunt At Perchino

It is difficult to imagine a grander scenario. The young American had travelled in a heavy, horse-drawn troika for many hours through forests and open plain on the dusty trails across Russia’s still almost medieval countryside. Finally, his heavy carriage arrives at the gates of Perchino, the ancestral hunting manor of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaievich, uncle to the ruling czar of all of Russia and commander of what was at the time considered one of the world’s greatest armies.

Sura Forever Spring, Best of Winners under JoAnne Buehler at the Afghan Hound Club of Greater Phoenix in 2018, now a Champion. Photo Bob Kohler.

An AKC Sighthound Judge's Profile: JoAnne M. Buehler

Sighthound Review wants to provide more information about the Sighthound specialist judges. We know that many of them have a long and distinguished background in Sighthounds, and we want our readers to learn more about them, too. Following are some questions we asked …

Cheslie Pickett-Smithey and Justin Smithey with Bourbon.

Whippet Reserve Best In Show at Westminster

        The Whippet GCh. Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon, one of last year's top show dogs in the U.S., won Reserve Best in Show at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, February 11, in Madison Square Garden, New York. It was the breed's highest award at Westminster since 1964. Bourbon was handled by Cheslie Pickett-Smithey, who also co-owns Bourbon with her husband Justin A Smithey, Dr. Ken Latimer, Judy Descutner and Nancy Shaw.

Azawakh Days in France: Judging the Club Du Lévrier Azawakh specialty at Laferté-sur-Amance

Facebook. Message from Dr. Frédéric Maison, an accomplished veterinarian from Amiens, France, who occupies a position with the Société Centrale Canine (Central Canine Organization, the French Kennel Club), a friend I have known for nearly 30 years, who has had tremendous success with his Du Grand Chien de Culann Irish Wolfhound kennel. Fred is at Crufts with a colleague, Dr. Sophie Debricon, also an accomplished veterinarian in her own right as well as an Azawakh/Borzoi breeder/enthusiast.


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