5 Hounds and a Toy
I was very busy this past weekend… I finished 6 dog illustrations. Working to complete my selection of sighthounds for an upcoming event. The event will be a lure coursing event for all AFSA sighthounds. This includes hounds that are participating in AKC’s Foundation Stock Services Program. In lure coursing, dogs chase an artificial lure across a field, following a pattern that is meant to simulate live coursing coursing.
- The Azawakh is a sighthound from North Africa. Historically they were bred and used by nomads as guard dogs and to hunt gazelle and rabbit.
- The Basenji is a sighthound from Central Africa. Known for it’s cat-like cleanliness and yodeling (instead of barking). The basenji is one of the most ancient breed of dogs.
- The Cirenco dell ‘Etna is a rare breed originating in Sicily. Historically used to hunt rabbit.
- The Ibizan Hound is an agile deer-like breed. The Ibizan comes in a smooth coat and wire-haired variety. They were traditionally used to hunt rabbit and small game.
- The Italian Greyhound is the smallest of the sighthounds and is in the Toy Group rather then the hound group. Although they are often only companion dogs, they can reach top speeds of up to 25 mph.
- The Sloughi is also a breed from North Africa. The Sloughi is largely unchanged from ancient times, and so retains a robust genetic health.