Sighthounds or Gazehounds are some of the oldest breeds in the world. Some have ancestors that can be traced all the way back to 6000 BC. They are primal dogs, full of instinct and drive. Sighthounds were developed to hunt game by sight. They would normally trot along side their owner until the game was seen and then they would run it down and kill it. Sighthounds can reach high speeds quickly,... Read more
The Greyhound is a very old breed of dog. Their ancestors can be traced back 8000 years. Their actual place of birth is unknown, but the breed made its way to England sometime before 900 AD and spread across the continent. They were popular dogs, used primarily for hunting rabbits and other small game. During the 1500s, Greyhounds were brought to North America on Spaniard ships. Greyhounds are ... Read more
The exact origins of the Irish Wolfhound are long lost in the mists of time. They are ancient dogs who predate Christianity. During Medieval times, they were owned by Kings and Nobles and used as war dogs, guard dogs and hunting companions. As hunting dogs, they were used to hunt wolves and Irish elk. Between the last of the elk and wolves dying out in Ireland and the high demand for them world... Read more
Afghan Hounds are descendants of the most ancient of Sighthounds. Their ancestors were much prized by Afghani Chieftains for hunting wild goats, deer, wolves and snow leopards. Despite their slim and almost delicate appearance, they are strong dogs, powerful and spirited when on the hunt. Afghan Hounds were not often seen outside their own homeland until the 1920s when they first appeared in Gr... Read more
Depictions of Basenji-like dogs are seen on ancient Egyptian tombs. They are one of the oldest dog breeds worldwide. They were first seen in Central Africa and made their way to England in the early 1900s. Sadly, the first dogs imported to England died from disease and distemper shots. It was not until the 1930s that a breeder was able to successfully import and breed Basenjis. They were offici... Read more
Whippets are an old dog breed that date back to at least 1610. They were originally developed in England by the crossing of Greyhounds and terriers. Whippets are Sighthounds, made to hunt prey by sight; they are capable of quick bursts of speed and are very agile. Whippets were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 and the English Kennel Club in 1890.
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The Borzoi is also known as the Russian Wolfhound. Their ancestors can be traced back to 17th century Russia. They were once owned by Russian Nobles who used them to hunt wolves, hare and fox over open terrain as they followed along on horseback. The Borzoi is a sighthound which means they hunt be sight, not scent and are capable of short bursts of high speeds which they use to run down their p... Read more
Ibizan Hounds are descendents of ancient Egyptian hunting dogs. They got their name from the Mediterranean Island of Ibiza where they were extremely popular. The American Kennel Club officially recognized them in 1979.
Unlike other Sighthounds, Ibizan Hounds use not only sight for hunting, but also scent and hearing. They have been used to hunt everything from hare, rabbits, birds, foxe... Read more