British Sighthound Field Association


Frequently asked questions

What are sighthounds?

Sighthounds are a type of dog traditionally bred for hunting swift prey.   They are known as sighthounds because their primary sense used to hunt is their sight, unlike a scent hound, such as a blood hound, who primarily use their sense of smell to track game.  A sighthound is triggered to chase by a moving object.

The term sighthound incorporates the following breeds: Afghan Hound, Azawakh, Basenji, Borzoi, Cirneco dell'Etna, Greyhound, Ibizan Hound, Irish Wolfhound, Pharaoh Hound, Saluki, Sloughi, Scottish Deerhound and Whippet, although this list is not exhaustive.



How is score / points allocated?

From the total being 100 points:
Agility 25
Enthusiasm 15
Follow 15
Endurance 20
Speed 25



Which class will my hound run in?

Classes are automatically calculated from your dogs date of birth but for reference they are as follows;

Class 0 - Puppy - 12 months - 18 months. This class runs half of the adult course.

Class 1 - Yearling - 18 months - 2 years
Class 2 - Intermediate - 2 - 4 years
Class 3 - Open - any age over 4 years
Class 4 - Veteran - 7 or over


Do I need any special equipment?

No. A strong collar and lead is about it. We do not allow extending leads on the field.