About Us

Our challenge is conserving and perpetuating the COO (Country 0f Origin) Saluki genetic resource into the 21st Century. The Society Studbook is the repository of function bred Salukis originating in and descending from their original homelands in the U.S.. This preservation is our core Mission. If you have general questions about the Society, please contact the Secretary at   

How is the Society structured?

  • SPDBS – Society for the Perpetuation of Desert Bred Salukis – is governed by Officers and a Board of Directors elected by the membership. We are a 501 (c) 4 Non-Profit organization dedicated to registering and perpetuating the genetic integrity of Country of Origin Salukis in the U.S., regardless of individual participants’ definitions as to what constitutes their particular group or country of interest.

What is the purpose of the Society?

  • The Society is a Domestic Registry recognized by AKC. The Society maintains a registry and Stud Book of Country of Origin (COO) Salukis and their descendants in the United States, which is recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Mission of the Society for the Perpetuation of Desert Bred Salukis shall be the preservation, protection, and perpetuation of Desert Bred Salukis.

Rescue and SPDBS?

  • The Society does not register any Saluki acquired through any rescue organization globally.  Salukis acquired from the Middle East through rescue are not eligible for SPDBS registration.   Rescue Salukis that meet the AKC PAL requirements can participate in AKC Performance Events and are eligible for  PAL enrollment once they are spayed or neutered.  Please follow the link for further information.  http://www.akc.org/register/purebred-alternative-listing/If you have a Saluki needing assistance we urge you to contact the Breeder of the Saluki if at all possible. The SPDBS Registrar can help locate the Breeder if the Saluki was registered with us.  Otherwise, please contact STOLA (www.stola.org)  This organization is well connected and able to respond to situations quickly.

 Is my Saluki eligible for registration with SPDBS?

Do I have to live in the US to register my Saluki with SPDBS?

  • The Society registers Salukis resident only in the USA, either born in the USA from parents already registered with SPDBS or imported to the US meeting the requirements for inclusion in the SPDBS Studbook.

How do I register my Saluki with SPDBS? 

  • All Salukis entering the SPDBS Studbook require three critiques by qualified Judges, and photographs. All imports require DNA on file as well. The process is outlined under the Registration link.

When should I get my eligible Saluki Critiqued?

  • Officially, SPDBS has no specific hard rules on age at which a puppy may be critiqued.  The Registrar’s committee REQUIRES a Request for Critique document and then contacts prospective Critique Judges.  For this reason, we ask that a request for a Critique Panel be submitted when a litter registration is submitted. The Registrar’s Committee determines who will critique, and when that critique happens.  Each generation has different Critique judge requirements with the first generation and imports requiring long time Saluki breeders for all three categories (AKC licensed Saluki judge, Saluki Performance judge, long time Saluki breeder).  Assembling a panel can take time.
  • Generation one and two Salukis that are critiqued under 10 months of age, are usually done so for the purposes of export and are critiqued again under the import rules of their new Country of Standing, consistent with FCI rules.
  • Only Generation 3 Salukis are critiqued at a very young age, this due to the constraints of homing the litter and the transition to the AKC Studbook.  SPDBS litters are infrequent and a concerted effort is made to have these litters critiqued as a unit before dispersal to their new homes.
  •  It takes time to do all the needed paperwork required for transition to AKC.  It is a VERY big deal to those who have worked, for often decades, to bring forward an Import into the AKC Studbook. Please take the time to carefully read all forms and the accompanying Step by Step guide.
  • Our process is approved by AKC, our paradigm is the AKC gold standard for other breeds to use when establishing a Domestic Registry avenue to bring in genetic diversity and it is the model for the AKC Conditional Registration program. We, at SPDBS, remain grateful to all those who choose to take this path of genetic diversity based on Salukis who have only been bred to work in their homelands, and those that give of their time and expertise to fairly evaluate each and every puppy that comes forward.

Who Sets up my Critiques for my Saluki?

  • The Registrar’s Committee will set up your critique after receiving the required Request for a Critique application.

Who are Critique Judges?

  • Anyone currently licensed by AKC or FCI to judge Salukis in the conformation ring may perform a critique. Anyone currently licensed to judge Salukis in performance events (lure coursing or open field coursing) may perform a critique. Any Saluki breeder or owner with demonstrated years of experience in the breed may fulfill the long term Saluki breeder or owner qualification.
  • Critique Judges requirements for Generation 0 and Generation 1:
  • Requires three critiques performed by three different judges.
  • One critique be performed by an AKC licensed Saluki Breeder judge.
  • One critique be performed by a licensed performance Saluki Breeder judge or long term Saluki Breeder with extensive, continued performance experience. (lure coursing or OFC coursing).
  • One critique shall be performed by a long term Saluki breeder or owner.
  • Critique Judges requirements for Generation 2 and Generation 3:
  • Requires three critiques performed by three different judges.
  • One critique be performed by an AKC judge licensed to judge Salukis.
  • One critique be performed by a performance judge licensed to judge Salukis (lure coursing or OFC coursing)
  • One critique shall be performed by a long term Saluki breeder or owner.
  • It is possible that licensed judges may fulfill all three requirements, i.e., each is a long term Saluki breeder in addition to being a licensed Saluki conformation and/or performance judge. However, at least one representative from each of the three categories (AKC/FCI conformation judge, performance events judge or knowledgeable Saluki breeder with performance experience, and long term Saluki breeder) is required for every Saluki critiqued.
  • Remember, all critiques are set up by the Registrar’s Committee after receiving a Request for Critique from the owner.
  • The primary task for critique judges is to determine if the dogs presented for critiquing are Salukis. All determinations must be based on the AKC Saluki standard augmented by the judges’ practical knowledge of the breed.
  • For full registration instructions please see SPDBS Registration 
  • Critique Judge instructions are found Here

How long will it take to get my Registration documents?

  • Once the Registrar has received all the needed documents, photos, and fees are paid the certificate and pedigree must be generated. Once that occurs all documentation is submitted to the Registrar’s Committee for careful review.  You should expect to get an emailed certificate in 4 to 6 weeks.  Generally, hard copies are snail mailed the week following the release of the digital certificate.

I want to breed my COO Saluki, what do I need to do?

  • The Society recommends all breeding decisions be given careful thought. All Salukis should be critiqued and DNA on file prior to breeding.  The Society encourages the testing of Thyroid levels and the assessment of hearts via a Doppler with a cardiologist prior to breeding.

 What can the Society do for me and my Salukis?

  • If your Country of Origin Saluki and/or Country of Origin Saluki descendant meets registration eligibility criteria, the Society can register your Saluki. Members receive a discount on all Registration transactions.
  • The Society provides a connection between the East and the West. Our newsletter often has timely articles about Salukis in the past, from the past, and about preserving that past into the future.

How do I get involved with SPDBS? 

  • SPDBS has an open membership.  We are delighted to accept offers of help on our various committees.  Contact the Secretary at

What activities can I participate in with my SPDBS registered Saluki?

  • SPDBS Salukis can participate in AKC Fun Matches and some Conformation Matches. SPDBS Litters are eligible for the SCOA Futurity.  SPDBS Salukis can participate in Open Field Coursing and Lure Coursing with ASFA. As of May, 2021 ALL of the SPDBS Salukis may now register with the AKC PAL program without being spayed or neutered after completing their SPDBS Registration.  This will allow participation in all AKC Companion and Performance events.  Information and needed forms can be found at this link.

SPDBS members socializing at a Critique