Which way ... ?
The environment - where we stand
Running Gag is a registered kennel with the ÖKV, which means that we are part of the FCI. Within Austria, sight hound breeders are organized, among others, within the ÖKWZR of which we are a member. All issues relating to sports are being taken care of by the racing clubs. The clubs in our field keep changing all the time, and it is our aim to find the best environment for our dogs. Due to a Czech guest license Viola is allowed to run at races of the CGRC.
We consider ourselves as being right in the middle of the Austrian sighthound scene. However, we like to keep in touch with our contacts abroad.
The aim - where do we want to go?
Dealing with sighthounds since 2001 has brought us many contacts as well as experiences. Our kennel Running Gag (registered since 25 April 2007) is supposed to enable us to breed our dogs within the framework of the sighthound world and its organisations.
We are planning to continue our learning process with the help of seminars, literature, and many, many conversations with other breeders or sighthound owners.
We are able to define what we think is important for breeding Greyhounds and Irish Wolfhounds alike:
1. Gentle, stable character and health
2. Sporting ability
3. Elegance at the stance and on the move
Dogs which are capable to fulfil their original tasks are automatically up to standard - in other words, breeding according to the FCI-standard is not an aim but something that's self-evident.
What we want are sportive dogs which are capable of being successful on the racetrack and at a coursing. We don't aim for extreme performances because what matters to us most is our dogs' health before and after a race - results (time or points) have to come second.
Of course we want our dogs to bring good results in the show ring as well, but again, what matters to us most is breeding gentle, stable family dogs according to the standard, not according to trends and extremes.
We plan to reach these aim by breeding dogs with as many different genotypes as possible, which often leads to larger litters and a more varied phenotype. We believe that this kind of breeding is the best way to keep the breed healthy and to not narrow down the gene pool.