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80 salukis vie for top spots.

Summary: Saluki Saluki (səl`kē), breed of tall, slender hound whose origins may be traced back to the Sumerian empire of 6000 B.C. It stands between 23 and 28 in. (58.4–71.  named Nuash won the Arabian Saluki beauty contest at the ongoing Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi (ä`b thä`bē, zä–, dä–), Arab. Abu Zabi, sheikhdom (1995 pop. 928,360), c.  International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex) here on Friday.

Saluki named Nuash won the Arabian Saluki beauty contest at the ongoing Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex) here on Friday.

Nearly 80 salukis have been registered for Best in Show contests taking place over three days during the Adihex.

As previously in this competition here, there are two distinct categories -- the feathered feath¬∑ered ¬†
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 (long hair) salukis and smooth (short hair). Each of these two categories has its own two distinct subdivisions -- male and female dogs.

"In European saluki beauty championships, usually the dogs are judged altogether, without distinction between male and female, but I believe there are obvious differences, so I have created separate entries for male and female salukis," said Hamed Al Ghanem, Arabian saluki consultant for the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.

Al Ghanem, who was the one who established this competition at the Adihex and the first saluki breeder breeder

1. a person with an animal enterprise involving the multiplication of the herd, flock or group.

2. a female animal used basically for the production of saleable young.
 registrar in the UAE, has a life-long experience with the Arabian hound.

"I don't know exactly how many salukis I have. Our tribe members have many salukis in farms all over the Gulf. For generations we have been breeding them," he told Khaleej Times The Khaleej Times is a daily English language newspaper published in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is published by Galadari Printing and Publishing L.L.C. with the Gulf News being its main competitor. .

For the first time in the Adihex competition, Al Ghanem decided to also give a rewarding "crown" to the less beautiful.

"This year we are having an award for the oldest saluki. We want people to also appreciate their older dogs and not only care for the young, best looking ones," he explained.

Documents revealing the age of the salukis would help for this category, but they were not necessary, as both Al Ghanem and the official judge, Karen Fisher from the UK, are experts in telling the dogs' age.

The awards for the top three in each category, including the Best in Show, sum up to Dh100,000.

From next year, Al Ghanem considers expanding the categories on colour varieties Pure-bred salukis may be white, black, brown, grey, sandy and red.

silvia@khaleejtimes.com

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Sep 8, 2012
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