The Silken Windhound is utterly adorable, but you need to do some research before bringing one into your home! They are medium-sized dogs who are very lean. People often mistake these dogs for being underfed, but they’re actually just very thin. They look a lot like their Greyhound cousins, but they have a long and silky coat — hence the name! Make sure you take care of this coat by brushing it frequently. Otherwise, they can get some very painful mats and may need to be shaved for relief.
These dogs are incredibly high-energy. If you’re looking for a dog that will love lounging around on the couch with you, look somewhere else! These dogs need space to run and love being able to go full speed. Their recall, however, can be poor, so long leash training is a must with these dogs. Their recall is poor because they have a prey drive. That means if they latch onto a scent, they may not even hear you calling them back! Do plenty of training when they’re a puppy and work hard at building a bond. High-value treats always help you teach a good recall.
Silken Windhound – A High Energy Dog
Another thing to consider is that they won’t be good with small animals for this reason. While you can socialize the Silken Windhound well as a puppy and get them used to smaller animals, chances are, it’s still a bit risky.
Silken Windhounds are generally healthy but many of them carry the MDR1 genes. This means their bodies might be dangerously reactive to certain drugs. You can have them tested through sites such as Embark, or just make sure you aren’t giving them any medication that’s dangerous for those genes.
Once you get to know this dog breed you will quickly fall in love with them as a dog.