All About Sighthounds
There are over 15 different varieties of dogs that qualify as sighthounds. Some are names you know, like greyhound, Afghan hound and Irish wolfhound. And then there are some you probably aren’t as familiar with, such as borzoi and saluki. Sighthounds may come in different shapes and sizes, but they all share a fascinating breed history.
Eyes that spy
Most hunting dog breeds use their sense of smell to track prey, but sighthounds rely on their keen eyes. This heightened sense earns them the name “sighthound” or “gazehound.”
Natural born hunters
Sighthounds were bred to be lean and fast so they could track down like-bodied prey, such as wild deer or foxes. These dogs have historically been depicted in art as the favorite hunting companions of kings and queens.
Treated like royalty
Many classic paintings and sculptures show sighthounds have been royal pets for centuries. From Egyptian hieroglyphics to Renaissance paintings, artists have immortalized these dogs and their importance to the aristocracy. In a more contemporary setting, they hang out with famous actors, authors and the occasional viral video celeb.
Breed for speed
Their long, streamlined bodies make some sighthounds made for speed, like the greyhound. Some have even been known to reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour. Second only to the cheetah, greyhounds are one of the world’s fastest animals.
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