Breeding for the Pet Market

         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.

Sighthound Review Breeders Forum: Steve Fisher, Shylo Afghan Hounds and Greyhounds

       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?

Through the Centuries with Sighthounds

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 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.

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.

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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