My breeding goal is simple but oh so difficult: to
breed Salukis that look the same as desert hounds have for centuries
and that hopefully can still perform their ancient task as hunters. Desert descent
Salukis that look like their cousins in the native deserts and
villages and that Tutankhamon, Moses, Alexander the Great
and Saladin would recognize. I look for hounds from different, provenly
functional desert lines on which wide genetic base I will try to build
pedigrees based on the riches of the breed.
I'm not afraid of heterotsygosity in the geno- or phenotype as I like
many different types and my aim is not to create a uniform signature
kennel type but rather to produce those true Salukis while at the same
time creating outcross possibilities for others. Im fascinated
by the thought of breeding as an exploratory journey into the breed
and its history. In a way it's like beginning anew since desert dogs'
pedigrees are largely unknown. They have however survived for generations
in harsh conditions where the weak and the sick have fallen by the wayside
and hounds uncapable in the hunt have not been kept, let alone bred.
Naturally this does not mean a population free from genetic defects, but
I try to make responsible choices and to utilize health testing I feel
is relevant for this breed.
My hope is that this will help in breeding as healthy as possible, well-built
and goodtempered Salukis.
In a breed that is so completely defined by its function, inside out,
the original properties are vitally important, yet nearly impossible
to preserve in our "civilized" society. The only way to
attempt preservation under these circumstances is in my opinion to
introduce to one's lines authentic country of origin Salukis as often
as possible. Their function in the field has been tested in a way
we cannot possibly emulate without open field coursing, which is illegal
Saluki is a short-coupled, square or slightly shorter than tall, leggy
sighthound with a compact, muscular body. It should have a strong
back and loin, a deep, sufficiently broad chest showing between moderately
well-spaced front legs. A good tuck-up, moderate angulation front
and rear with legs well under the dog. Wide, well-muscled thighs,
strong, well-arched toes and thick pads. A moderately long tail carried
in a curve, strong neck, a relatively substantial back skull, strong
jaws, not too long a muzzle, an intelligent and intense gaze. Add to
that intelligence and loyalty in a good hunter and there it is.