The Sighthounds They constitute the 10th group of canine breeds (classification of the International Cynological Federation). This group includes 13 canine breeds distributed in 3 sections according to the type of hair.
The dog breeds in this group are descendants of very ancient breeds. Papyri dating back to the year 4000 a.C. suggest that the Egyptians were the first to describe dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) of this type.
The Sighthounds they were originally used to hunt hares. Unlike in the Scent hounds and Pointing Dogs, the Sighthounds they use their vision to hunt. In fact, have a body perfectly adapted to this function. Most sighthounds are medium to large in size and all have a narrow, elongated head. (dolichocephalic), which means they have a wide field of view and can see at a great distance. It also, sighthounds are known for their graioid morphology: slender body, long slender front legs and muscular hind legs, long head, long snout and upturned belly, a morphology that gives them great aptitude for running.
The Sighthounds have been involved in dog racing since ancient times. But, the first races on artificial terrain adapted for this purpose, called cinodromes, did not take place until the end of the 19th century. Since then, This “sport” has grown in number, mainly in Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, Spain and the United States. In recent years there have been several scandals of mistreatment and doping of dogs in these countries where the Greyhound racing are part of the gaming industry.
Standard – classification FCI
- Group 10: Sighthounds
- Section 2: Rough-haired Sighthounds.
In this box we will focus on the Rough-haired Sighthounds belonging to the Section 2 of the group 10 of the F.C.I..
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