does any one own any sight hounds? I love them all, but dont own any. just wondering if anyone has any, what breed are they, and do you particapate in any sight hound only activities? I would like a whippet, maby to race with.
I don't own a sight hound, but I have close friends that own whippets, scottish deerhounds and irish wolfhounds, so I know a little bit about them, and about lure coursing, which is the AKC sight hound performance event. In fact, the whippet owning friend is going to be doing their first lure coursing event in April, I'm going to it as I've never seen a lure coursing event before. It'll be in Perry GA on the weekned of April 10th, if anyone lives near enough to go. I spoke with her about it when she told me, and she said basically, with sight hound events, your dog either is can do it, or they can't. What is done during the events is they drag a 'lure' (basically a knotted ball of fabric) along the ground. The different breeds of dogs that can participate in lure coursing, which include the basenji, italian greyhound, whippet, greyhound, irish wolfhound, scottish deerhound, saluki, borzoi, afghan hound, ibizan hound, and pharaoh hound, are judged by how they chase the lure. They're judged and scored based on enthusiasm, follow, speed, agility, and endurance. Obviously a huge dog like an irish wolfhound isn't going to chase the lure in the same way that a small nimble dog like a basenji will, and that is taken into account. And interestingly, the breeds chase in different ways, for example, when a group of borzoi chases a lure, the dogs tend to 'swap out' who is leading the rest based on the zig-zagging of the lure. So if it goes to the left, the borzoi that's in the lead on the left will take over, and the ones on the right will fan back wait for it to zigzag to the right, at which time they will take over. Like a pack of wolves, working in cooperation, if you will. If your sighthound will chase a squirrel over distance and stay on it without being distracted, there's obviously a better chance of it doing better at chasing a lure. I've heard that some dogs when the lure goes off, they chase it for a hundred feet or so, then give up or are distracted. You want a dog that will remain focused on it till the end for the 'kill'... unfortunately, according to my whippet owning friend, her breeder participates in lure coursing and she says you basically have no idea how good your dog will be at it until it tries it the first few times. Hope that clears things up some!
thank you for all the informaton on lure corsing, but I was talking about racing, like grey hound racing. I dont know if there is much whippet racing over here but I know its really big in the uk. thank you though, I might try lure corsing also. :)
Ohhh Racing. Honestly, I"m not sure how it is in the UK but here in the US, the dog fancy regards racing with a curled lip of disgust. Most racing dog kennels basically race the dogs until they're too old to make money, then euthanize them to make room for more dogs. Many many more are given up to greyhound rescue nowdays, since the truth has come out about the 'sport'. Racing dogs are poorly bred and never genetic tested, which doesn't make sense as they would race better if they were. I have no idea how a novice would get into racing. I'd stick to lure coursing if I were you.
yea I know about greyhound racing and I dont like what they do to the dogs, makes me sick. but since I have been on a whippet forum from the uk, and they treat there dogs very well, mostly they are pets, so I was wondering if it was like that over here. :( ps does any one think they should put emotions on here? little smiles.