Hope everyone is feeling well during this difficult time. The days are getting longer and warmer, personally I am missing getting together with friends. We are missing Bath, Southern Counties and Three Counties shows where we could all get together after the winter break. There will be a time when normal becomes normal again. Thank you to all the people that have posted photos of their beautiful gardens, Caroline Pickering and her quizzes.
I have good news, The Saluki Special in Our Dogs is coming up soon. It is an opportunity to photograph your lovely hound/hounds, then put together an advert. Your dog need not be a champion, a winner but just a ‘best mate’. There will be articles by well known Saluki people on various subjects. This is very important to the breed and will also be helpful in keeping our only newspaper going. Adverts need to be in by the 19th June 2020, publication date 3rd July 2020. For further help, information, rates please contact Pam Coulbert on 01803 712280 or otherwise contact myself.
Back to my study on influential studs. This week I am going to discuss a much earlier dog, he was born on the 22nd February 1948. He is Burydown Uki. Much of the information I have on him comes from ‘Saluki Heritage’ Issue 8 Spring 1985 with an interview entitled “The Burydowns Recollections and Reflections. “To quote from Hope Waters and what she said: “I loved Uki. Although physically he was an absolute wreck of a dog (he hadn’t been well reared in quarantine and had had hardpad there and his front legs weren’t straight) you could see that he came from good stock. He just screamed quality at you. We discovered afterwards that he came from one of the best strains in Germany, going back to the Saronas. As he was a result of a mother/son mating when he was used at stud he passed on his qualities in double dosage.” Another tidbit I read in the magazine was that Uki was originally named Suki, the KC rejected this name as there was already a Suki so they just dropped the ‘S’ and you now have Uki.
As stated above Uki was born in Germany at the time of the German air lift (Russians had cut off Berlin so people, food and supplies had to be air lifted in and out )
His breeder was Mr R Creighton. He was the result of a mother/ son breeding. In his life he had 7 mating partners (bred to same bitch more then once) with 45 off- springs. Which were 17 males and 27 females
He had three Champion children, Burydown Asphodel, Burydown Freyha and Burydown Barak. Certainly, he has left his legacy, here in the UK, Scandinavia, United States, Canada and Australia. He probably is the root of our modern day Saluki.
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