Terence Armstrong, the Founder
Ruweis affix was first registered by my father Terence Armstrong.
His first two Salukis were not bred from. In 1977 a smooth
parti colour saluki bitch imported from Saudi Arabia.
Her registered name was Fatima Min Shaul Khala which (my
father told me) roughly translated means Princess of The
Great Out There. Her pet name was Bobby which was given to
her by his Ethiopian maid in Saudi Arabia.
was released from quarantine June 1978. My mother and
father took her to meet Mrs Parkhouse, the President of The
or Gazelle Hound Club and her niece Joan McLeish who was
the Secretary of the Club. They both encouraged my parents
to get Bobby registered and breed from her so that she could
add new genes to the genepool.
of Bobby have proved to be excellent coursing hounds and
several of todays top hare coursing Salukis have Bobby
in their pedigree, her genes can be found included in other
plans the world over.
descendants bred through the Ruweis Affix have remained true
to the Arabian saluki type and have retained the true saluki
instinct attained high achievements in
the showring and, up until 2005 when hunting
with dogs was banned in the UK in the field. They have now
taken up the new sport of lure coursing and Ruweis salukis
have champions at this sport in Finland, Germany and Canada.
We are ever hopeful that the Kennel Club will recognise this
sport in the UK and offer championship events in line with
the rest of the world.
About Me, Karen
and I were married in 1977; our two children are now grown up
and married and we now have several grandchildren.
our lives are run by 5 Salukis. We enjoy showing at home in the
UK and abroad in Europe - well I show the dogs and Glenn does
the driving. We both really enjoy travelling and meeting new
people. We have friends all over the world. Glenn loves
horse racing and we often attend race meetings during the summer
with my dogs has helped form my vision and understanding of the
breed. Through watching and participating on the coursing field
I learned what worked and what didn't and I re-visited the breed
standard many times interpreting it quite differently from the
'show only' perspective. The breed is a continuance of the first
imports into the UK, Arabian hunting dogs, it is not an improvement
on them. Salukis should look the same as they always have, balanced
and functional just as they can still be found today in their
native lands. Size doesn't matter, the standard allows for a
great variance but it is quite repetitive on one thing - moderation.
I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed hunting with my Salukis,
especially as it is now illegal to do so in the UK but this does
not deter me from keeping in mind the key important features
when breeding - moderation, balance and function. My father was
always very passionate about the breed's functionality having
experienced it first hand in the Middle East.
I am hoping that I will still be able to test the functionality of my breeding
by testing them on the lure coursing field which I acknowledge is not a replacement
for hunting but it's the closest thing we can do.
took over the Ruweis affix in 1997 and awarded CC's for the
first time in 1998. Since then I have judged in Sweden, Finland
and the USAGermany and several times in the United Arab Emirates
as well as at home in the UK. I don't have a preference for
either smooth or feathered, I own and have bred both coat types.
I also don't have a preference for size, I have 3 bitches that
are very different from each other in style within the breed
type and have bred from each of my bitches and have now incorporated
the 3 bitc lines down to 2 breeding lines, one smooth and one
feathered. My breeding criteria is to produce moderate, balanced
and functional Salukis that are sound in body and mind. I take
great care to ensure that my puppies are socialised and have
plenty of things to occupy themselves with and freedom of space
to enjoy playing with their siblings.
main interests within the breed are with it's roots in the countries
of origin, in particular in Arabia as this is where my Salukis
come from. The more Salukis I see in their country of origin
the more I am enthralled by them and I know Glenn feels the same
way too. I feel very honoured that five puppies from my recent
litters have gone to homes in the Middle East and that one of
the dogs has been considered of sufficient quality to be used
at stud by a local breeder whose Salukis are top drawer gazelle
visiting Qatar in October 2007 a competition was laid on especially
for us so that we could see the breed doing what it did best
- hunting gazelle. We are indebted to our hosts for making this
possible, as we sped across the desert sands in pursuit of the
Salukis and gazelle I could not help but reflect on my father's
experiences of the breed some thirty plus years earlier in a
place only a few hundred miles away.
and I returned to Qatar a couple of years later as guests to
watch the final of The First Gulf Championships with salukis
from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates competing.
It was a truly amazing experience to be able to see and touch
these beautiful atheletes and to speak with their owners and
I mentioned above, I have also judged the breed in the UAE (eight
times to date). Over the years it has been amazing to watch the
breed flourish there. Just like the breeders in the west the
COO breeders have suffered from the same ever diminishing opportunities
to hunt with the breed and they have devised ways of testing
the breed's endurance and stamina so that they can continue to
breed true to type. I want to see more and know more about this
also have the honour of being a Vice President of the International
Aseel Saluki Center for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The objects
of the Center are to preserve and encourage local breeders to
continue breeding the pure Arabian Saluki. In June 2015 I was
a member of the Working Party who visited with various Ministries
Kingdom so that this new exciting project could be started.