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.

50 Years Around the World… with Sighthounds

When you’re involved in dogs you will almost inevitably meet a lot of colorful people and see a lot of wonderful dogs.

“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.

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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.

Show News

News and results from major Sighthound events in the U.S. and abroad.

Morris & Essex 2020 Judges Announced

Salukis competing

Coursing in Europe

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.

Color Me Controversial

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.

From the AKC standard for Irish Wolfhound: “…in general type he is a rough-coated, Greyhound-like breed; very muscular, strong though gracefully built; movements easy and active.”

Is Bigger Better?

I have finally come to an age where I can employ these two significant words: “Years ago.” As the story unfolds, I was walking to my ring and found myself behind two gentlemen amiably talking. One of the gentlemen said he was off to finish his Terrier assignment and asked his comrade where he was off to next. “I’m set to judge the Draft Horses next,” he replied.

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