Some *real* sighthounds
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  • After the thread about Basenji ribs, I thought it would be nice to share these pics of sighthounds that don't bother to show some ribs ;)

    Young Sloughi male

    Puli ;)

    Sloughi female

    Galgo, young male

    Some more variation

    Galgo female

    Galgo male

    Azawakh

    Puppy.. (not a sighthound either ;))

    Azawakh again
    A 9 month old female

    Who are you?

    Head, male

    Female

    Sloughi

    Veteran Chart Polski

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  • Wonderful pics. I just ADORE Azawakhs but my OH won't allow me to have one as he says 'They are all ribs and bollocks!'
    I've made friends with a few owners so I can still get my Azawakh fix :)

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  • I really want an Azawakh as well, although their character isn't the easiest.. Still.. in the future..

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  • What - no Saluki - my favourite. :( (other than basenjis of course…)

    All kidding aside, I love the Azawakh head shots - beautiful.

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  • Beautiful dogs, but i do hate to see ribs so prominent on any breed….

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  • First Basenji's

    What an awesome gallery! I like all the "variations" too (A Puli is a sighthound?? Oh wait… =]). Where were these taken? You have such a wonderful variety of dogs.

    I've yet to meet an Azawakh. But I am always excited to run into the one Sloughi that I know. Meeting him was what made me learn that there are different kinds of "skinny" when you're talking about sighthounds. But I think I need to see more pictures and meet more dogs to understand overall structure and weight, so thank you for sharing these.

    I also really like the wire-haired Galgo. That hair length is perfect, not too "unkempt" in my opinion, though I suppose grooming has something to do with it.

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  • @renaultf1:

    What - no Saluki - my favourite. :( (other than basenjis of course…)

    All kidding aside, I love the Azawakh head shots - beautiful.

    No.. sorry.. I skipped the Salukis and Afghan hounds… and walked straight towards the ring with the dogs you don't see that often on common shows ;)

    @Curlytails: this was at a speciality for a specific part of the sighthounds: Afghan hounds, Salukis, Podengos, Ibizan hounds, Pharaoh hounds, Galgo espanols.. the 'not so common' ones :)

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    I have a hippie cousin with the same hair-do as the Puli! :p

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  • Lovely pics! I love sloughi's. And Pulik (had one years ago, really fun dogs, but they bring a lot of dirt in the house…) :D

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    Love these pics…but no podengos? :(..no, just kidding :D...I have enough here at home..
    There is a Puli breeder in the next neighborhood over from us, and I simply love those mops....don't want one..but they are cool...

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    Seems the ones dogs ribs are showing a bit too much??

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  • Great photos! Thank you for sharing them. Is that fluffy puppy a powderpuff Chinese Crested?

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  • Some of those dogs showed ribs alright - too much it seems to me, just my opinion. There are four retired greyhounds who go to one of our dog parks, none show that much rib, and they are all really healthy looking.

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  • @Shaye's:

    Some of those dogs showed ribs alright - too much it seems to me, just my opinion.

    I feel the same way. Ribs showing with some of the breeds is one thing, but on some pics you can see the spine and hip bones pointing out. That's a bit to much.
    But you often see that at dog shows. Not only with sighthounds. The last few times I went to a dog show, most of the staffords, dogo argentino's… also had that. Have been talking to some, and they do it just because some of the judges like it that way. They starve their dog a bit for a week or 2 to get that look for the show, and then start feeding them normal portions again after the show.
    Not something I would do, but according to them, it's the only way to win a show...

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  • Perhaps it's in the breed standards (I don't know as I haven't looked them up), but I really don't like seeing a dog that is so thin that his/her ribs, spine, and hip bones show…reminds me of the models/movie stars with anorexia and/or bulimia.

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  • @Voodoo:

    I feel the same way. Ribs showing with some of the breeds is one thing, but on some pics you can see the spine and hip bones pointing out. That's a bit to much.
    But you often see that at dog shows. Not only with sighthounds. The last few times I went to a dog show, most of the staffords, dogo argentino's… also had that. Have been talking to some, and they do it just because some of the judges like it that way. They starve their dog a bit for a week or 2 to get that look for the show, and then start feeding them normal portions again after the show.
    Not something I would do, but according to them, it's the only way to win a show...

    Voodoo, I agree with you regarding the hip bones showing. That just doesn't look healthy to me. :( Also, regarding 'starving' the dogs for a couple of weeks to get that look, I think that is unhealthy. When you starve a dog, I would think more complex internal changes happen other than just the look.

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  • Unless an animal is working extremely hard, I don't think they should be "ribby". And I certainly don't like to see hipbones prominent! I used to walk a Greyhound for a disabled woman. This dog was athletic, but not thin. Her ribs could be felt and certainly seen when she exerted herself, but were not obvious otherwise, and certainly no protruding hipbones! If an animal is running from sunrise to sunset, it may be in extremely fit condition, but then the muscling will be more pronounced and normally the hip bones will not be prominent, to say nothing of protruding vertebrae! It is well known that race horses that are down in weight seldom win races! There is a reason for that. IMHO, show dogs can only be kept this thin by underfeeding them.

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  • Don't forget that a Greyhound is a very different breed than the Azawakh or Sloughi. A greyhound is a sprinter, with more 'bulky' muscles, just like a Whippet. They won't show their hipbones as fast and prominent as a long distance runner, like the Azawakh or Sloughi, that have very flat muscles.

    And I rather see a bit too much rib than dogs with too much fat. Certainly because an owner quickly thinks his/her dog is skinny.. when it isn't.. Lots of owners totally miss the fact that their dog can loose some pounds :S

    Here a couple of Azawakhs that we met at the European Lure Coursing Championship

    They show ribs as well, but in my opinion, they are not too skinny. And I don't think their owner will starve them to make them look like this.. because it wouldn't help with LC ;)

    I showed some pics of Tillo in the other thread, and a lot of Basenji people I meet think Tillo is too skinny when he looks like that.. I can't understand it :S

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  • Isn't the reason the likes of the Sloughi and Azawakh are so thin, something to do with the way they store (or not store) fat?? I have a friend who breeds Salukis and I'm sure she told me this.

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  • @Janneke:

    Here a couple of Azawakhs that we met at the European Lure Coursing Championship

    They show ribs as well, but in my opinion, they are not too skinny. And I don't think their owner will starve them to make them look like this.. because it wouldn't help with LC ;)

    These look far better then the ones in your first post. These have muscles, the previous ones don't. They need to look skinny, that's the way they are, but there is a big difference in skinny and skinny. Here you also see hip-bones, but not pointing out as much as in the other pics. Same for the spine.

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  • That's also because these one are standing still.. I know that the first Azawakh male in my first post is also a courser.. And he sure has nice musculature..

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