Our first dog was an Irish Setter. We bought
it without sufficient knowledge of the breed. Our setter
happened to have a wonderful temperament. It died young however, and we did not want another to
remind us of that wonderful family member. By then we had enough knowledge of dogs to explore our
compatibility with different breeds. Gradually we came to decide upon the Saluki.Salukis were fairly
rare at this time. There had only been about 50 registered in Finland. We had to wait 18 months for our
first Saluki puppy. In the fall of 1970 we finally got our puppy, the chocolate/tan bitch Del Flamante
The foundation dog of my present Salukis
however is International Champion, Winner -81, Scandinavian
Winner -82, -83, Racing Champion, Derby Winner -80 El Hamrah Bazman. To my mind he is one of
the greats both in conformation and running ability. Above all he was a wonderful stud dog. Of Bazman’s
progeny the most famous are International Champion, Winner -87, Copenhagen Winner -89, World
Winner -89 El Hamrah Giah, one of the most successful dogs in Finland; International Champion
El Hamrah Ibn-Jagad Joni who had several Best in Shows, International Champion, Winner -90, -91,
World Winner -92, Racing Champion, Star Racer -87 Finnish Lurecoursing Championship Winner -88
El Hamrah Jaddah and International Champion, Winner -88 El Hamrah Karachi-Khan. Among their
offspring in several generations are the currently victorious International Champion
El Hamrah Sheherban and International Champion El Hamrah Timirr-Khan to name but two.
Bazman is also prominent in many other kennels’ pedigrees. More than a hundred El Hamrah Salukis
have became champions so far.
In choosing a kennel name I wanted it to be of
Arabian derivation. Another requirement was that it have
a meaning. El Hamrah means “travelling companion”, which I feel is descriptive of the Saluki as a family
My Ideal Saluki
It is vital to remember that the original
purpose of the Saluki is hunting, chasing down swift game. The
longstrided lifting gait is the trademark of a soundly built Saluki. A greceful, balanced whole, true to the
standard and in no way exaggerated.
The diversity of type within the Saluki allows
breeders to focus on their type and stick to it. It is doubtful
that any of the original varietes could be found purebred any longer.
To uphold a good standard I have to
carefully explore and consider the probable outcome of different
combinations before decidind to breed. I strive to improve possible inadequesies and avoid creating new
ones while retaining my type. Despite all research and scientific probalities I sometimes have to rely on
my gut feelings, and so far I have succeeded.