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03 What are Sighthounds?




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This article is from the Lure Coursing FAQ, by Bonnie Dalzell with numerous contributions by others.

03 What are Sighthounds?

Sighthounds are dogs that traditionally were used to chase game by
sight rather than track game. The animals are normally called
"hounds", a shortening of the term "sighthound" or "gazehound". That
is, dogs that hunt by sight (course). In French this type of dog is
called "levier", in German "Windhund" and in Russian "borzoi".

Although the exact definition of sighthound is a topic that can
generate an enormous controversy, in general they are dogs that hunt
by sight and are specialized for rapid running.

Currently the breeds commonly accepted at North American lure coursing
events are:

* Afghan Hounds
* Basenjis
* Borzoi
* Greyhounds
* Irish Wolfhounds
* Ibizan Hounds
* Pharoah Hounds
* Salukis
* Scottish Deerhounds
* Rhodesian Ridgebacks
* Whippets


 

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