Windhounds in Europe by Susann
Stjernborg, Kennel Starcastle Hounds, Sweden
March 2007 Also
published in the Silken
first arrived in Germany and Finland in 1998 and Sweden in 1999
after a 6 month period of “quarantine” in Germany.
They are now found in several European countries including Austria,
Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Slovenia, Netherlands, Switzerland,
Italy and the United Kingdom.
to a certain female or sire line does not mean you are not related
to the other families. But it is one way of following a
descendant line, to keep track.
It is also
not a bloodline. A bloodline means a family where the last 3 generations
are unique to this family and not found in other families (bloodlines)
this line is supposed to be separated from.
When we talk
of female lines for instance, the sons and their descendants do
not count Males are representatives of their respective
sire lines, females of their respective female lines.
We only have
one single sire line, they all go back to Laguna Leo (Whippet)
You can see that all European dogs come down via Incognito or
Gringo, one way or the other and if not, they come down from Windspirit
line behind Den~San Belgium is hooking up to that line somewhere
pretty early, but we don't know where. It could hook up at a male
like Windsprite Autumnal Danny or Windsprite Wintery Xebec for
instance. We simply don't know because we can't trace Belgiums
sire line that far. Those dog are from kennel Windsprite (Longhaired
Whippets) so we know it is still the same sire line.
several generations later, it looks for Europe like we add one
branch, first there is Incognito branch, then there is the Gringo
branch and now we will get the Windsprite Ice Major branch, cause
that is how far we can trace it.
some dogs are more frequent in the breed then others.
Dogs from the Windsprite Ice Major branch are rare, and so are
If you look
at the family tree page, you will find Bengala,
She had a lot of kids but to begin with not very many female descendants
were bred, but during the last years they have been picking up
and spreading out.. Being the mother of Gringo that makes her
very much present in our pedigrees, not just as a female line..
As a female
line Kristull Boston Legacy is another line that
until recently has been rather rare.
family is a very young and budding family.
a Borzoi registered as a Founder in our studbook has not been
Mostly present today at kennel Gentle Wind and Gryffyn.
character was made by Blue
Fish at Deviant Art. See
more of her fantastic creations!
The character is named Daralulah
Name: is mixed of:
- jumping water
Dara - water angel, wisdom, compassion
Kali line is well represented in Europe with 4 imported
girls. The same goes for the Darque family with
there is the Amalie family.
Through Amalies daughter Windauer Kristull Windsong most of the
European females belong to this family, see the family tree page.
And that is also true for an awful lot of the entire breed.
now there has been so few breeders that it has been impossible
to build up separate bloodlines. To make bloodlines really separate
you need several generations built of many, many dogs, it takes
several breeders to do that, quite possibly also “geographical
"isolation" to help out.
We are too
few and have far too few dogs to be able to build several separate
lines in Europe for maybe the next 10-20 years (depending on how
fast the breed expands).
It is an
illusion to think you can "outcross" to an American
dog, they all collapse to the same ancestors, but so does every
other breed out there.
We are building
a platform of the future European Silken Windhound.
We have to think and plan when we do it.
a big difference between breeding a rare and small numbered breed
and the big old established breeds. Every breeder is still making
a major impact on the breed as a whole.
breeder works just for themselves without looking at what others
are doing, and that is the normal rule in the international doggie
world where ever you go, we can easily ruin and topple this young
breed in a couple of generations.
This is not
like breeding Goldens or GSDs.
Without cooperation of the first enthusiast less than 10 years
ago, the Silken Windhound would not exist at all. Not as a breed.
There would be some, walking around in Francies backyard in Texas,
but it would not be a breed.
We have come
a very long way in a remarkably short time.