Saluki Breed Magazine - Showsight

“...SOME JUDGES FORGET THAT SALUKIS ARE A MODERATE BREED AND SHOULD NOT BE EXTREME IN ANY WAY.”

6. What previously campaigned Saluki(s) come close to your ideal? Please explain. One of the best Salukis I have seen was Ch. Amiyat Anakin in Sweden. In 2013 as an old dog I awarded him Best of Breed at a Saluki Show in Sweden. He was a beautiful moderate dog that moved correctly around the ring showing the younger ones how it should be done. Another of my favorites that I saw many, many years ago was Mata Salamata Jadaan Khan; he was a beautiful dog as well in every way. 7. Can you offer a comparison of Salukis in different parts of the world? Having judged and seen Salukis in many different countries around world, different countries often have many different styles. I find that Scandinavia tends to try and keep the breed as correct and functional as they can more than other countries from what I have seen.

an incomplete list of colors/patterns and judges educa- tion should refrain from teaching that any color/pattern is incorrect. The Saluki Club of America adheres to that concept. 2. What, if anything, do you feel all-breed judges get wrong about the breed? Too many all breed judges are attracted to high head car- riage and flashy, big, fast side gait—in other words, the generic show dog. Enjoy the spectacle, but please do not reward it if incorrect for the breed. No game was ever caught using a flying trot. 3. What do handlers do in presentation that you wish they would not? Handlers tend to move Salukis too fast. Please, when showing the bite, lift the muzzle so the judge can see it and keep your head out of the way. You do not need to see the teeth, the judge does! 4. In order, name the five most important traits you look for in the ring.

1. Outline 2. Balance 3. Light, very easy movement 4. Strength 5. Power to capture game

5. What traits do you see popping up these days that are going in the wrong direction? What is getting better? Improvements: fewer over angulated rears and more stable temperaments; be mindful of heads getting too narrow with usually correspondingly low ear sets and too narrow across back and loin with too little rib spring. And of course the downfall of way too many breeds… a front that is placed too far forward. 6. What previously campaigned Saluki(s) come close to your ideal? Please explain. There have been so many gorgeous Salukis I have been privileged to see over the years. If I go farther than one, it would not be fair to so many others I have enjoyed. Very close to my ideal was a Champion bitch in Sweden (I hope I have the name right)—Ch. Barakisch Qabil Advie. She was feminine, but strong and muscular with a beauti- ful, curvy outline in which everything flowed together and so well balanced that no part was out of harmony with any other part. All the Saluki-specific details were correct as well. Then she moved and the picture remained the same. Her balance allowed her to float around the ring with an ideal but too seldom seen light, slightly springy trot that covered the ground with absolute ease and barely contained power.

Left to right: Ch. Amiyat Anakin and Ch. Bel’smbran Jaadan Khan.

LINDA SCANLON AARAKIS, US BIO I have judged the breed since 1986, including the National specialty twice as well as many Saluki specialties around the world; have bred specialty winners as well as those also titled in obedience, lure coursing, rally and tracking. 1. There is a disagreement about brindle Salukis. How do you feel about them and should the parent club get involved? From the very beginning of my 43 years in Salukis I was taught color, pattern and hair quantity were irrelevant. Judge the dog regardless of them. That has not changed. The membership of the parent club has voted not to change the standard and has a letter from the American Kennel Club stating that as the standard is written, it is

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