Emirates news agency – ADIHEX celebrates Saluki dogs, companions of Arabs since ancient times
ABU DHABI, September 22, 2021 (WAM) – ADIHEX, considered the first and most important heritage event in the Arab region, will organize a “Saluki Beauty Contest” to celebrate the Saluki dogs, faithful companion of man since thousands of years.
The competition aims to promote the authentic breed of hunting dogs, strengthen the relationship of the new generation with the pillars of heritage and traditions of their ancestors, and provide Saluki owners with the opportunity to showcase the skills and abilities of their ancestors. characteristics of their dogs.
ADIHEX organizes the annual competition to choose the most beautiful hunting dog. Participation is limited to the “Arabian Saluki”, one of the oldest dog breeds in the world.
The ADIHEX Superior Organizing Committee has announced the launch of a new version of the competition this year, considered one of the most famous events in the region. The contest is exclusive to the Arabian Saluki, and owners must ensure dogs are healthy, vaccinated and microchipped.
The new edition of ADIHEX is organized under the patronage of His Royal Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, representative of the sovereign in the Al Dhafra region and president of the Emirates Falconers’ Club, from September 27 to October 3 2021, under the theme “Sustainability and Heritage A Reborn Aspiration”, with the official sponsorship of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, the Houbara International Conservation Fund and the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, in addition to sector sponsor “BYNUNA Military & Hunting Equipment Trading LLC” and signature sponsors “Smart Design LLC”, “Al Fares International Tents” and “Dhabian Equestrian Club”, as well as “ARB-Emirates” as a brand partner automobile.
The competition is organized by the Arabian Saluki Center in Abu Dhabi, the first of its kind in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East, which aims to revive the sport of hunting with Saluki dogs and preserve its tradition, their use in falconry and authentic breeds. . The center also provides the necessary information on husbandry, training and breeding, health care, microchip, birth registration, issuance of passports and pedigrees, and travel arrangements under the laws adopted.
The competition has attracted Saluki enthusiasts and enthusiasts from the United Arab Emirates, the Persian Gulf and tens of thousands of visitors and tourists of all ages.
Judging criteria include the breed of the participating dog, behavior (eg walking and running), general appearance (eg head, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, teeth and jaw), structure and shape (waist, neck, shoulders, chest, back and tail) and appearance (skin, color, movement and legs), as well as hunting and chasing skills, impression general and psychological traits.
The competition has four categories: Al Hoss males (smooth), Aryash males (feathery), Al Hoss females (smooth) and Aryash females (feather).
There are two main types of Saluki dogs: the long-haired Aryash (Al Hadba) and the short-haired Al Hoss (Al Amlas). The native habitats of Arab saluki are the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Jordan. He has many breeds, the most important of which in the region and at the Saluki Arab Center in Abu Dhabi are (the Shadeed, Thiban, Tarrah and Gannas) from the Al Hoss (smooth) family and (the Lahaq, Dhabyan and Khattaf) from the Aryash family (feathered).
The Arabian Saluki is used as a guard dog with falcons in falconry. It has a lifespan of 16 to 18 years and can travel at speeds of up to 75 km / h. Saluki is loyal, guards his owner, protects his house, and only hunts with his company.
The Saluki has always played an important role in hunting trips due to its ability to find falcon-struck prey, hiding in bushes, tall grass, or other hiding places. So the hawks and Saluki work together to catch the hidden prey.