REMARKS ON THE STANDARD
Remarks on the standard 188d Updated 1998
Can not be modified and must always accompany the FCI Standard 188d
by D. Crapon de Caprona, Ph. D
© 1998, 1999 Library of Congress No. 4-929-904
All rights reserved by Dominique Crapon de Caprona, PhD
|The new standard of the Sloughi adopted last
year by the FCI (1998), has in some ways improved the previous version,
but at the same time included statements which are contradictory to what
we know of the Sloughi since its recognition by the FCI in 1935. Let us
look at this text in detail.
The English translation
1) mistakes in the translation of cm into inches
concerning sizes, already established in the previous translation, have
unfortunately not been corrected and should state, according to the international
agreement that 1 inch = 2.54 cm, the following:
2) the French expression “garrot bien sorti” means “withers defined” not “withers well projecting” which leads the reader to believe that the Sloughi should have the front assembly of a Saluki or an Afghan hound, with a distinct slope over the withers. The withers of a well conditioned Sloughi, as we know it since 1935, although defined, are barely visible from the side.
3) concerning the underline, the expression “neither abruptly cut up nor whippety” does not really translate the French “ni heurtée, ni harpée” which means an underline which is neither abrupt nor in the form of a harp (musical instrument). No reference is made to the Whippet in the French original.
The contents of this standard
1) the standard starts with one major improvement concerning the history of the breed. The statement that the Sloughi has existed for centuries in North Africa is neutral and a statement of facts, and is much preferred to the previous speculative statement that these dogs had originated in the Orient, something nobody can prove at this point in time.
2) the bite is described now as a scissor bite; not a level bite, which makes sense, since virtually all Sloughis have scissor bites.
3) the tail is now precisely defined as having a curve at its tip, a distinctive feature omitted in the previous standard. One would wish that it would have stated an upward curve. Incidentally that curve is seen not only in the tail of the Sloughi at rest, but also when it moves.
4) the gait is finally described.
5) the description of the coat colors is more precise and complete.
6) the precise and separate listings of the faults
and the disqualifying faults is an important improvement, allowing degrees
in the seriousness of the fault. One should mention in particular
that of the difference between small white markings (a small fault) and
disqualifying white markings (white socks, extensive white markings). The
question of these white markings was very confusing in the previous version
of this standard.
Unimproved shortcomings of the previous standard.
1) One wishes a distinction to be made between the ears of a Sloughi at rest, which are drooping, and those of the Sloughi in movement, which are folded backwards.
2) the expression “flat ribs” is still as misleading as it was in the previous standard. The ribs attached to the sternum are flat as opposed to barrel shaped or round, but the last free floating ribs in the Sloughi are more rounded.
3) The statement that the eye color can be amber-colored
with a light coat is misleading. Red brindle , black mantel or red black
brindle Sloughis can also have amber-coloured eyes. This results in some
part from the contrast between the eye color and the black face around
it which makes the brown look lighter than if it was surrounded by a sand
colored face. However in red brindle Sloughis, the eye color often matches
the coat color and the eyes are amber colored (“topaz”) and not dark brown.
New confusing statements:
1) Measurements of the proportions.
2) Description of the topline:
3) Description of the underline.
To summarize, this new standard is several steps in the right direction, a few steps in the wrong direction, and one would hope that judges will not take some of the problematic statements too literally and too seriously. Ultimately we hope the FCI standard commission will find it worthwhile looking at this standard again to streamline or correct the statements in question to remove some of their contradictions.
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