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Silken Windhound



The Silken Windhound is an elegant, small to medium-sized sighthound, with a moderately long, silky coat. Its classic lines and athletic build are the hallmarks of a true coursing dog. When viewing a Silken Windhound, one has the impression of grace, balance and strength integrated with exceptional running ability. In proportion, they are approximately square or slightly rectangular. Silkens that are excessively longer or shorter than they are tall are to be penalized to the extent of the deviation. The build of the Silken Windhound is sleek, through a balanced combination of fine bladed bone and smooth muscle, and never looks frail.

Bred as companions, Shilohs have loyal and outgoing personalities. Many of the breeders in the United States operate out of large farms where the puppies are introduced to a large variety of animals. They were developed to be gentle and loving, able to work with animals and children, while still possessing a trainable drive for working applications, such as assistive service, obedience, or herding. Shiloh Shepherds are reported to be the least territorial when compared to other Shepherd breeds. With proper socialization they adapt easily to a variety of environments and are stable. Extreme aggression or shyness is severely penalized in the breed standard.

Size Medium
Height 18-23.5 inches (46-60 cm)
Weight Female: 22-45 pounds (10-20 kg)Male: 33-55 pounds (15-25 kg)
Lifespan 16-20 years
Colors Black Black and Tan Brown Gray Red Silver White
Origin United States
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

A yard is definitely a plus since they do love to run, but they will live in an apartment fine with additional walks and runs at the local dog park.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

Silkens love to run like any sighthound, and need to go on a daily walk or jog. If well exercised, they will be happy to snooze at their owner’s feet or on the couch. They do need to get outside for walks and runs in dog parks or large, open areas, but they are not as high energy as a Border Collie or other herding breeds. This breed makes a good jogging companion if the dog is conditioned properly, although you should wait for a puppy to be a year or older before starting long, hard, distance exercise.


Moderately Easy Training: The Silken Windhound is average when it comes to training. Results will come gradually.



Grooming Requirements

Moderate Maintenance: Regular grooming is required to keep its fur in good shape.


Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!



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