To those of us who have given our lives in study of the Saluki, the world of Falconry is never far away. The two have been tied together for all of recorded history. Many of us have watched our Tazi work naturally with wild raptors, reflecting on the natural kinship. Some of us have had the pleasure of working raptors and Salukis together.
Today we see the shrinking availability of hunting lands and the increase in social media bringing the two worlds back into synchronicity. In the east Falconry has maintained its standing in the face of great changes in culture during the 50’s and 60’s. The Saluki has not fared as well. Both have been subject to increasing urbanization, loss of quarry, and sadly war. That said, the desire to preserve the ancient history of the region and to revive the working relationship between man, raptor, and Saluki has had a positive impact on preservation efforts.
We see that same interest occurring here in the US and the increasing interest on the part of Falconers in acquiring Salukis to work is of note. The Society hopes to provide a resource here on what to expect from a Saluki if that path is chosen.
Of absolutely vital importance is the understanding that a Saluki is not simply a kennel dog who will work. He is exactly the opposite in nature. It is as difficult to maintain a Saluki correctly as it is to maintain a Peregrine. A Saluki is a household companion who does best when a part of your family life, as he has been for thousands of years. He requires space to run, and active engagement for his mind.
If you are interested in the working partnership we suggest contacting Paul Domski, skilled in both Falconry and Salukis. Occasionally we will have articles of interest here.