from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A hound that hunts primarily by sight rather than scent, such as the greyhound and the whippet.

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  • noun A hound that primarily hunts by speed and sight, instead of by scent and endurance.


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  • Add a "dot com" to the dog and we are no longer discussing a coveted sighthound, but rather an online e-commerce giant which has, since its September 2009 launch, reported 350% year over year growth and is considered a premiere destination for specialty retailers and designers.

    Anisha Lakhani: From Walmart to Web Domination: Taigan CEO Elizabeth Nichols

  • To illustrate the post you may have noticed that I likes me some pitchurs a falconer with bird and sighthound:

    Just give it a couple years…

  • For me, more than 30 years of sighthound breeding have come to fruition.

    Spay Neuter

  • In addition to falconry, I also run a sighthound at game.

    The Roller Scandal

  • We switched to a raw diet after our first sighthound was diagnosed w/bone cancer.

    Doggie Downers

  • * 'Oriental' sighthound breeds, like aboriginal Afghans, salukis, and my tazis, have the whole primitive suite of behaviors including single estrous.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • A giant sighthound seemed unlikely...but maybe running dogs run in the family.

    The Family Sighthounds

  • But how in all that is holy can you not let a pointing dog-- or a sighthound like mine-- not go ahead of you?

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • Mom and Dad have often expressed an appreciation for the shape and demeandor of my whippets, but they've never owned a sighthound.

    The Family Sighthounds

  • Dan and Margaret: My folks are in Columbus and would love to have a contact for lure coursing opportunities and sighthound chatter in general.

    The Family Sighthounds


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  • "I am also the secretary of the Finnish Sighthound Association and an amateur level photographer."

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    March 19, 2009

  • Interesting! I didn't know there were such dogs.

    March 19, 2009

  • I don't think it's a particular breed so much as several breeds that hunt with eyesight rather than the sense of smell. (Just guessing.) Like greyhounds, for example.

    My hound was not a sighthound. I guess she was a smellhound.

    March 19, 2009

  • Oh, I figured there were several breeds. And I think they're called scent hounds, but "smellhounds" is funnier.

    March 20, 2009

  • *wonders what greyhounds...hound*

    March 20, 2009

  • Rabbits and other small, furry mammals.

    March 20, 2009

  • Grey stuff?

    March 20, 2009

  • Members of the cast of Grey's Anatomy.

    March 21, 2009

  • Zanes?

    March 21, 2009

  • It would be rather nice if there was a dog with Extrasensory Perception. We could call it a psych-hound. Or a hunch-hound.

    March 22, 2009