Why are dogs like this Saluki still a problem in Sloughis today?

Smooth Saluki Laba'an II Al Khalij

Smooth Saluki Laba’an II Al Khalij

Why are dogs like this Saluki, crossbred to Sloughias in the 1980s, still a problem today in the Western Sloughi breeding?

  1. Because of the Inbreeding on this Saluki that is still taking place today
    It does not matter if the breeding happened a long time ago if inbreeding keeps the genes of this Saluki generation after generation in the current population of dogs descending from him. This was first shown in the article about the Impact of Foundations Sloughis on today’s Sloughis by Dr. Dominique de Caprona in 2007.
  2. Because when combined with another Saluki named Jenna, who came from the Middle East (origins in Syria confirmed by Bernard-Henry Lignon, January 2012), also used by Mme Rey (Montouchet de la Horde d’Or) it increases even more the amount of Saluki DNA

Let the numbers speak for themselves

Example from the bloodlines of the French kennel who started it all.

Breeding Sloughias with 2 Salukis in the 70s and 80s, this is how a recent pedigree from their bloodlines looks like (breeder Natascha Dufour).

Jenna was born in 1974, started breeding in 1976 and the following years, Laba’an II al Khalij was born in 1977, started breeding there in 1982.

Their descendant Targui II de la Horde d’Or was born in May 2002, roughly 26-20 years later respectively.

Jenna contributes still to 30.90% of this dog’s DNA
Laba’an II al Khalij contributes 16.40% of this dog’s DNA

Together the contribution of Saluki DNA is 47.30%.

Numbers Here!

 

Examples of dogs who have recent descendants in North Africa

Tunisia
Magistere Vajra and Magistere Vahly
Laba’an II al Khalij contributes to 14.8% of these 2 dogs’ DNA
In addition Saluki Jenna contributes to 25.4% of these 2 dogs’ DNA
Added together these two Salukis contribute to 40.2 % of these 2 males’ pedigrees

Numbers Here!

Morocco
Ben Bahram Azrou through his son Chaouen Beni-Mellal Siham Sahara
Laba’an II al Khalij contributes to 11.70 % of this Azrou’s DNA
The Saluki Jenna to 19.10 %
Laba’an II al Khalij combined this dog has 30.80 % Saluki DNA

Numbers Here!

Bersheba Wakoor
The Saluki Jenna contributes to 15.8 % of Wakoor’s DNA
The Saluki Laba’an II al Khalij to 7.42 % of Wakoor’s DNA
Combined this dog has 23.22 % Saluki DNA

Numbers Here!

Why are these dogs registered with the Federation Cynologique Internationale when the FCI allows only 6.25% of foreign blood in its breeds?

Other dogs in North Africa, imported for breeding purposes

Males of the E litter Siham Sahara in Tunisia

Although the contribution of Laba’an II al Khalij is below that which is allowed by the FCI (5.66%), added to the contribution of Jenna (9.28 %), the Saluki blood percentage in these males is 14.94%. If these males breed recent descendants of the Magistere dogs in Tunisia, the contribution of the Salukis will not be diluted.
The Magistere V males and the Siham Sahara E dogs are with the same breeder.

Numbers Here!

Why are the breeder with these lines not diluting the Saluki blood in their lines by outcrossing to authentic North African Sloughis?

Why are they instead exporting their dogs with such a huge amount of foreign blood to North Africa, effectively polluting the North African Sloughi Genome with genes that do not belong there?

Every breed has its questionable dogs in the ancestry, however it is perfectly irresponsible to continue inbreeding on dogs that were known in this case to be Salukis and to damaged the genetic integrity of the Sloughi in North Africa.

Some of the breeders are now breeding out to other lines that do not contain these 2 Salukis, diluting their impact.  Hopefully this will continue in the future to re-establish a solid North African Sloughi genetic base to the dogs bred in the West

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