The history of Al Yaman Salukis (Gazelle Hounds),the original New Zealand Saluki Kennel,is outlined below.
|In March 1970, Al Yaman's foundation bitch, Krishna Cheheli was imported from Val Murray in Australia. Sheba as she was known was sired by Mazuri Cassalonda (Imp. UK) out of Krishna Abracadabra. This elegant tri set a number of firsts for New Zealand Salukis, some of the most significant being the first New Zealand Champion Saluki and first Australasian dual champion after she won her Australian championship title in 1973. She was also New Zealand's first Saluki group winner (All Breeds).|
|In August, 1970, Al Yaman's first
stud dog, El Baraka Cadiz was imported from Tony Weeks in
Australia. Solomon was sired by Ch. El Baraka Asher Suki out of
Burydown Wudiyeh (Imp. UK)
This dog was successfully shown to his New Zealand Championship title becoming the first Saluki dog to gain this award. In March 1972 he sired Al Yaman's A-litter, the first litter of puppies to be born in New Zealand since the 1940's.
|Ch. Al Yaman Aishah was one of these puppies and she became the first New Zealand-bred Saluki to be shown, to win group awards and to become a Champion. Other achievements to her credit include her being the foundation bitch for the successful El Zahran Saluki kennels of Goldeen Williams in Queensland.||Puppies from this kennel (including Aust. & NZ Ch. El Zahra Arabian Flight and Ch. El Zahran Badiha), came back to New Zealand, were successfully shown and became part of what makes up some of the other Saluki bloodlines in this country.|
|In 1976 two Saluki puppies made a
very significant contribution to the beginnings of what would become the
Al Yaman style of Saluki. From England came Ch.Windswift Leben from Vera
Watkins. Leben (left) was sired by Windswift Sulayman out of Windswift
Ishtar and was a red and white parti like his sire.
With him came Philip Browning's exquisite Ch. Rabia Halwat Aribi
|These two were brought to New Zealand to provide a completely new genepool for Salukis of Australasia. They were followed in 1977 by the import from Helen Baker of the greatest winning Saluki ever in New Zealand, Grand Ch. Knightellington Rogaiya (Imp UK). Rogaiya became the first NZ Saluki to win an All Breeds Best in Show (she won many more) and the World's first Grand Champion Saluki and the only one in New Zealand to date.|
|In that same year came from what Vera Watkins described as a "connoiesseur's litter", dual champion winner, NZ & Australian Windswift Zahwa (Imp. UK) Zahwa created Australasian Saluki history by becoming the first English dual champion.|
|These four Salukis and their progeny achieved many great firsts for New Zealand Salukis. Some of the more significant ones were the export of Leben & Halwat's daughter, Am/Can Fch. Al Yaman Bikri of Sedeki (Imp. NZ) to America who went to live with Barbara Parr-Smith in Canada.||In 1983 she was Top female/Runner up Top Coursing Saluki in Canada, the following year being 3rd Top Coursing Saluki in Canada|
|These Salukis have won many awards and have over the years laid the foundation for the elegant soundness and active hunting instinct that Al Yaman is so proud of today.|