Zarabis S-litter was born the 17th of December 2017. The litter has 2 males and 6 bitches. The colours were red/fawn sable, black&tan and cream. At the mating the 16th of October Iorek and Pilvi clearly liked each other. The moment was right and the day was bright. According to the ultrasound 13th of November we expected at least four puppies, but röntgen five days before the birth revealed the real number of puppies.








The mother of the litter is our four years old Zarabis Qesarah "Pilvi" and the father is five years old Swedish male Dhawati Uday Karam "Iorek" owned by Martina and Siv Lagerbäck and bred by Katarina Widström. When I (=Jari) was judging at the inofficial show of Salukiringen (the Swedish Saluki Club) in Söderhamn year 2013 my BB-2 was Iorek's mother and BB-3 became the aunt of Iorek. No wonder where we are now. Iorek has one previous litter with Husniya Har Kala Rachi. Husniya's owner Cathrin Nilsson is also the owner of Barakisch Rahim Behzad, the father of our P-litter.

 DSC 0073 2

Photo Siv Lagerbäck the 16th of Oct 2017      

Iorek is Swedish, Danish, Norwegian which means Nordic and also Finnish and Latvian show champion, Swedish lure coursing and also blood tracking champion. Pilvi is Finnish show and lure coursing champion. Iorek is of an average size and Pilvi is slightly above the average.

You will find the pedigree of the litter at the Saluki Archive. The closest joint ancestors lead to the Swedish Ibinores Z-litter at the level of 6th generation. At the 5th generation Iorek has an ancestor from Saudi Arabia and Pilvi from Iran. At the 12th generation the total impact of the salukis from the countries of origin is about 20%, if we forget the original imports to the Western world. The 8 generation inbreeding-% of the litter is 0,29% and the total inbreeding of all known ancestors is only 8,7%. The Finnish and Swedish average is around 20%, it means a cousin level. The total amount of foundation ancestors for the litter is 60 separate known salukis. Iorek's father line leads to Malik-el-Zobair (Iraq 1919) and Pilvi's leads to Sahand von Iransamin (Iran early 90'ies). Both Iorek and Pilvi have as their ancestral foundation mother Hoshah el Bahrein (Bahrein 1922).

DSC 0044 2

Photo Siv Lagerbäck the 16th of Oct 2017 

Both Iorek and Pilvi have fresh results from heart scanning and eye mirroring and they both are free from hereditary heart and eye diseases. Pilvi's thyroid and blood test show that Pilvi doesn't carry a thyroid disease and Pilvi's blood values are also otherwise excellent. Pilvi's DLA haplotype in heterozygous. Both Iorek and Pilvi have been tested free from known hereditary dog diseases by MyDogDNA.

DSC 0067 2

Photo Siv Lagerbäck the 16th of Oct 2017 

The summany below explains the colour genes of Iorek and Pilvi. Part of the colour genes are gene tested (MyDogDNA) and the rest are assumptions.The colour inheritance should be very simple, Iorek and Pilvi are able to have red maybe also cream, black&tan/fawn/silver or grizzle puppies most likely with Irish white markings. Golden is not possible and not either the more rare colour types of the Saluki breed.

Color Distribution Iorek Pilvi
S - Self colour, full pigmentation - little or no white on the dog yes no
si - Irish spotting - 5% to 30% white no no
sp - Piebald spotting - 20% to 80% white, *2=particolour no yes
sw - Extreme white piebald - white all over except for ears no no
Colour Distribution Genes Iorek Pilvi
KB - dominant black no no
kbr - brindle, causes stripes on red and bi-colour no no
ky - normal pattern of red and bi-colour yes yes
ay - red, dominant to tan points, *2 or *1+at=red or fawn (with black fringes) yes yes
at - bi-colour (tan points), *2=black&tan yes yes
aw - agouti, the "wild" type, very seldomly seen with salukis no no
a -recessive black no no
T - ticking, dots on the white part of the coat yes ?
t - no ticking ? ?
Colour Expression Genes Iorek Pilvi
EM - black mask no no

EG - grizzle, visible if not dominant black, red or black mask present (there is no explanation why about 1/6 puppies of a large scale saluki population, of at+at parents with EG+E are not grizzle. The explanation might be the simple fact that grizzle is not dominant to E, but to e.)

yes yes
E - allows black if present due to other genes yes no
e - prevents black appearing anywhere in the coat, *2=golden no yes

Colour Dilution Genes (the existence of C and D dilutions are based on assumptions)

B - black (no dilution) yes yes
b - brown, *2=liver no no
C - full pigmentation yes no
cch - dilution?, *2=cream ? yes
cd - extreme dilution no no
D - black (no dilution) yes yes
d - blue (all black is diluted to blue), *2=blue/grey no no

You will find an example of a puppy temperament testing procedure as follows. You should be certain about that the puppy suits together with you, your expectations and your lifestyle.