Group 10 Breed Classification According to the FCI
According to the FCI, there are 10 groups of dog breeds, including Herding, Sporting, Non-Sporting, Working, Terriers, and Toy breeds. Today we'll look Group 10: Sighthounds.
Group 10 breed classification: Long-haired or fringed sighthounds
There are 3 dogs that fall into these group 10 subcategories. The two most popular are the following:
1. The Afghan Hound
The Afghan Hound is one of the most famous sighthounds in the world. It possesses very characteristic fur that is fine, long, silky and requires daily brushing as it’s prone to tangle. Experts believe this breed to be a descendant of the Saluki breed. Originally, the Afghan Hound worked chasing prey in the mountains and became a vigilante for nomadic camps. Its tail ends in a curl and its fur can be of any color.
2. The Saluki
Also known as the Royal Dog of Egypt, this is one of the oldest canine breeds in the world. Bedouin people hold Salukis in high esteem, as they use the to hunt gazelles. They also have them as companion dogs. Although these beautiful animals tend to be quite independent, they can learn to be gentle and affectionate with their owners. Tall and long, like other sighthounds, Salukis can run at great speed, have a long snout, and a tail that ends in a curl.
Group 10 dog breeds: Rough-haired sighthounds
This group 10 section includes only 2 breeds:
1. The Irish Wolfhound
Also known as the Irish Sighthound, these dogs can measure up to 34 inches at their withers. They often work as hunters or as guardians of farms and ranches. They have thick, hard, and strong fur that can be grey, tawny, red, black, white, or tiger-striped. These canines are at risk for suffering from hip dysplasia and gastric torsion.
The Irish Wolfhound is one of the most docile breeds in the world and gets along well with children. It develops a strong attachment to its owners and requires exercise on a daily basis.
2. The Scottish Deerhound
The Scottish Deerhound, or simply the Deerhound, is a hunting dog from the Scottish Highlands. Images of the Deerhound appear in centuries-old portraits of Scottish feudal lords. These mild-mannered and gentle canines make for excellent companions. They have a course and disheveled coat, dark eyes, tall ears, and a long tail with a narrow point. Scottish Deerhounds require a great deal of physical exercise.
Group 10 canine breeds
Of the 8 breeds that make up this group 10 section, we want to highlight the following:
1. The Spanish Greyhound
This breed, also known as the Galgo Español, can run up to 45 miles per hour. Slender in build with long legs, these canines measure up to 28 inches tall at their withers. They have a long snout and their heads are narrow. As for their coloring, we can find brindle, black, toasted, cinnamon, yellow, red, white, or white with patches. Some specimens have a white muzzle and forehead, the rest of their coat being any of the previous colors.
Spanish Greyhounds are a tad shy and tend to sleep quite a bit. They are able to tolerate sharing with other pets and require exercise on a regular basis.
2. The Azawakh
The breed has its origins in Africa and is present in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. Nomadic peoples in the Sahara Desert use the Azawakh to hunt gazelles and protect their camps. These dogs are approximately 29 inches in height at their withers and weigh about 55 pounds. Their heads are slender and long with a black nose and a long snout. Their eyes are large and they have triangular ears with a rounded tip.
3. The Sloughi
This breed is also called the Arabian Greyhound and Sloughi Moghrebi. Originally born in Morrocco, you can now find these dogs all over North Africa. They have strong bodies, droopy ears, and amber-colored eyes. Their coats come in a variety of colors (black, brindle, fawn, and sandy).
These dogs have a moderate but energetic gait. They are alert, sensitive, intelligent, easy to train, and loyal to their owners. Sloughis enjoy good overall health and rarely get sick.
4. The British Greyhound
The true name of this breed is the Greyhound, and these dogs are often used in competition (races) and as companion dogs. They are also descendants of the Spanish Greyhounds. As for their size, they measure some 28 inches at the withers. Greyhounds have short hair that’s easy to take care of and comes in 30 different colors.
The British Greyhound is one of the fastest animals in the world, reaching up to 75 miles per hour. However, these canines are not skilled in sports. They are caring, obedient, relaxed, and delicate.