Chs.Aswad, Dounia and Batal Shi'Rayan ©
"Pedigree indicates what the animal should be. Conformation indicates
the animal appears to be. But performance indicates what the animal
actually is." Anonymous
the Shi'Rayan kennel feature in Sloughi World
actively, but not excessively, test our dogs in the show ring and on the
field to learn more about their breeding potential. We breed for
type, good temperament and performance and avoid tight line breeding and
inbreeding. Although inbreeding is a powerful tool to enhance certain positive
traits in a given population, it also enhances faults. We are biologists
and know how much damage reckless inbreeding can cause to the genetic health
of a population. Line-breeding should be considered only with animals
which have proven to be absolutely outstanding in many aspects of their
behavior and health, conformation and performance, and never on unproven
animals, even if they are related to winning relatives.
All our Sloughis are genotyped for Progressive Retinal Atrophy. In fact,
Shi'Rayân is the kennel which worked together with OptiGen to make
genotyping for Sloughi PRA available in the USA, and thus prevent Sloughi
puppies from being affected by this disease.
Along with looks and function, Shi'Rayân is committed to preserving
all coat colors in the Sloughi, not just the sand black mask coat so popular
in Europe. Sloughis have always existed in different coat colors in their
countries of origin, and these colors are an intrinsic part of their genetic
Since we train all our dogs ourselves, we know how much work as well as
resources and understanding between owner and dog are required to unfold
the potential of a young Sloughi and lead him/her to a show win or a win
in lure-coursing or racing. The dog has to learn all of this, and
success is the result of excellent genetics and patient work on the part
of both the owner and the Sloughi. Not every dog will succeed, and
we do not believe in using inferior quality Sloughis in our breeding program.
Being related to a top winning dog does not make that particular dog a
Our responsibility as breeders is to provide the future show owner with
a puppy which is excellent in its conformation, genetically sound, healthy,
of good temperament and well socialized. Sloughis which have not
been socialized properly and have not been exposed to a diverse environment
(i.e. always kennel-bound) from an early age will most likely be shy adults.
For owners interested in sporting activities, we also test the puppies
for their reaction to the lure used in lure coursing and racing.
Of course, all our puppies are heavily socialized so that regardless of
their future achievements, they will be first and foremost loving home
Our Sloughis do not live in kennels. They are family, and live in
the house with us. We have 2 large chain-link enclosures, with trees
and grass, one for the puppies and one of about 8 acres for more mature
dogs. This is their realm and they do in there what they want. We
live in the country, on the top of a hill, surrounded by 43 acres of woods
and meadows (our own private natural refuge). All our Sloughis are
house trained and have learned basic manners. We use crates only
when puppies are being house trained and when traveling by plane (as little
as possible). We use exercise pens at shows and coursing/racing events.
Well adjusted Sloughis love to travel, they are intelligent and like to
see new things, as at shows and coursing events. When we pack for
a trip and load the van, everyone wants to come. Their greatest pleasures
are to be cuddled, bask in the sun, sprawl on the bed and to run and play.
We do not earn our income from the sale of dogs or other livestock; our
livelihood does not depend on the number of puppies we sell. Serious
breeding, showing and racing (non-commercial) is not a way to make money,
it is at best a very rewarding, but time consuming and expensive passion.
We are only interested in finding homes for our puppies in which potential
owners are genuinely committed to loving a Sloughi for its life-time, be
it a pet, show, or racing dog (never for commercial racing). We maintain
contact with the owners of Shi'Rayân Sloughis and are always available
to answer questions.
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