Rubis was a six week old puppy when she came to join our
household in 1983.
Her dam Papriscka was a Saudi import to France and her sire Simbad Ali de
Foncabrette was bred in France.
At that time I lived in the South of France and enjoyed the pleasures of
I was quite familiar with salukis when Rubis came to live
with us and I was curious to how she was going to be. This girl knew what she
wanted, and communicated this very clearly to us. She was very obedient. From
puppyhood she came out with us in the evenings went we met friends at the
local café and when shopping in the old towncenter of Nimes. Most of the time
she didn't have a leash on and followed us around. I did give her some basic
obedience training as my two former dogs had been Dobermans. I guess the
obedience mentality had stuck a bit. The fact that she was obedient made her
very easy to bring along.
Rubis was also a very focused and intense huntress. When
out for walks in the fields or woods she had one thing in mind, but was easy
to have loose as she easily came back when called. She chased big hares in the
vinyards sourrounding our house and also caught a squirrel when going full
speed up into an olive tree after it.
I met a lot of scepticism towards Rubis in France at the
time. Many were of the opinion that she was "unpure" because of her desert
bred background. Hurtful remarks were often made by long time breeders of
"western" salukis. She did have her supporters though, and I am forever
thankful for their encouraging words. Today the scene has changed and there is
much more acceptance for salukis with a desert bred background.
I only showed
her a few times. She was rarely placed mainly because of her moderate look and
small size. This was in no way a flashy girl. She was sound and had excellent
correct movement which was not often seen at the time. You can see photos of
her last show in the veteran class age 8 years if you click on, more photos.
Rubis is the dam of three
litters. The Lunduki B-, D- and E-litter.