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 should I put my hound to?

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

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

Class 1 - Yearling - 1-2 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.