Welcome to Strikeness Sighthounds


New Zealand

Strikeness Sighthounds are now based by Scargill, a rural pastoral community north of Christchurch, in New Zealand's South Island.

Here we work at keeping, showing and breeding top quality Borzoi and Afghan Hounds. Our "Vintage Crop" Borzoi litter produced championship show level multi-group and In-show winning siblings, now joined by the "Pirates" litter.

Drawing on our own background, and the knowledge and experience of others, Strikeness Borzoi are establishing a strong line of our own, ready to take on the world.

We have been showing dogs since 1980 with Dobermanns, then with Rhodesian Ridgebacks under the Rhodeire prefix, quickly becoming the kennel to beat. We acquired our first Borzoi in 1984, while showing another for the breeder. Shortly after that we rescued an Afghan bitch, and added another string to the bow. We are life members of the South Island Hound Club.

Currently there are 7 adult and 5 puppy Borzoi in our kennels, along with 1 Afghan Hound and an Irish terrier. Five cats keep ourselves, and the dogs, firmly in our places.

We practise Natural Rearing in our Kennels, and have done so since very early days. Juliet de Bairacli Levi was an inspiration to us when we discovered her,and our puppies and older dogs have always impressed with their health and vitality.

Our goal is to use lines available here in New Zealand, combined with selected imports, to produce outstanding Borzoi that fit the breed standard and fit comfortably into people's homes.


Janet and John Vuleta