I have admired Azawakh for many years, judged them in Europe on several occasions and made a point of trying to learn more about the background of this exotic breed whenever possible.
Hounds have long been considered emblems of luxurious living. This image is so deeply embedded in popular culture that its use as a literary device can only be described as ubiquitous. The most famous reference to their unspoken value may be the Nikolai Gogol character in The Inspector-General, a corrupt public official who accepted only Greyhound puppies as bribes.
When you’re involved in dogs you will almost inevitably meet a lot of colorful people and see a lot of wonderful dogs.
Greyhound Nation: A Coevolutionary History of England, 1200-1900
By Edmund Russell
This year the Fédération Cynologique Internationale held its European Lure Coursing Championship on the weekend of June 20-23 in Estonia. For many enthusiasts this was too far away from central Europe.
Although the Sloughi has been in the AKC Hound Group since January 1, 2016, it remains an extremely rare breed in the U.S. In fact, in 2018 the Sloughi was last on AKC's ranking of Most Popular Breeds, coming in as no.
I have finally come to an age where I can employ these two significant words: “Years ago.” As the story unfolds, I was walking to my ring and found myself behind two gentlemen amiably talking. One of the gentlemen said he was off to finish his Terrier assignment and asked his comrade where he was off to next. “I’m set to judge the Draft Horses next,” he replied.