Books (in English)
 

 

Our Levriers: the Past, Present and Future of all Sighthounds

Xavier Przezdziecki

Translated by Jonathon Brown, Malcolm Maurice Willcock

Les Amis de Xavier Przezdziecki (2004)

Przezdziecki's document attempts to trace the antiquity, obscure evolutionary phases of this very specific and specialised canine. He illustrates that there are differences between the domestic dog and the Levrier, which should be considered and accounted for in order to understand them, so that we may cooperate and interact with their needs.

English version - a few copies now available from Susan Bamford (UK)
Email: susan.bamford@gmail.com
Price: £40 (GBP) + postage/packing

Xenophon & Arrian on Hunting (with Hounds)

Edited with an Introduction, Translation and Commentary by
A.A. Phillips & M.M. Willcock

Aris & Phillips Ltd., Warminster, England

As hunting generates such fierce debate in Britain today, it seems an appropriate moment to examine the two best classical works on the subject. For both authors hunting was primarily for hares with hounds. Xenophon describes the establishment needed, how to use it in the field and justifies hunting as the first part of education and the best training for war. Arrian's treatise, some five hundred years later, is a commentary on Xenophon's; to bring it up-to-date, as he says. He describes the revolution in hunting that the introduction of gaze-hounds had caused and many charming anecdotes about his hunting experiences and his favourite hound. Both give a vivid picture of the daily life of two wealthy Greeks at leisure which the modern huntsman will find familiar. 

Gazehounds & Coursing
The History, Art and Sport of Hunting with Sighthounds

M. H. Dutch Salmon

High-Lonesome Books, Silver City, New Mexico 

This revised and expanded edition covers all the AKC sighthound breeds, plus the coldbloods, staghounds, coyote hounds, lurchers, etc. From the farm fields of the Midwest through the wind-swept North Plains to the desert Southwest, join the author on hunts for jackrabbits, coyotes, fox, and cottontails with a variety of purebred and mixed-breed hounds. Meet some of the great old houndmen of the past and the legacy and lore they left behind. Learn the technique of the trailhound/sighthound combination hunt. Gazehounds & Coursing is provocative—the author blasts the anti-hunters, insists on a strong conservation ethic, and says that some AKC breeds need an infusion of new blood to restore their working talents. Gazehounds & Coursing is evocative—the author recounts great hounds he loved well who have crossed the great divide, and game animals he wishes in retrospect had gotten away. Above all, Gazehounds & Coursing is informative—herein is the necessary methodology for choosing, raising, training, breeding, and running the lithe and graceful “longdogs.”

 

The Horses of the Sahara

General E. Daumas
With Commentaries by The Emir Abd-el-Kader
Translated from the French by Sheila M. Ohlendorf
Preface by Stuart Cloete

University of Texas Press, Austin & London

The Horses of the Sahara will be of interest not only to equestrians but also to historians and other scholars interested in the customs of the North African desert tribes and in the complex backgrounds of European–North African relations. General Daumas took part in the conquest of Algeria by France, so distinguishing himself that he was named Director of the Bureau of Algerian Affairs in the French Ministry of War. During the campaigns and the occupation that followed, he studied and attempted to understand the native peoples, with an objectivity and sympathy unusual among the colonialists of the period. His book provides fascinating sidelights on many aspects of Arab life, including customs, superstitions, religion, and family life.

 

The Ways of the Desert

General E. Daumas
With Commentaries by The Emir Abd-el-Kader
Translated from the French by Sheila M. Ohlendorf
Foreword by Robert A Fernea

University of Texas Press, Austin & London

This book, originally published in French in the mid-nineteenth century, offers an introduction to the North African Arab nomads in the nineteenth century—their way of life, customs, dress, and religion.

The Indian Dog  

W. V. Soman

Popular Prakashan

Here for the first time a revealing light is thrown on a totally neglected subject - Indian Dog. Much literature on the foreign varieties of canine breeds is available and the dog lovers in India are very often inclined to prefer these breeds. But Maj. W. V. Soman points out that India too can boast of a wide variety of breeds equally fine, impressive, strong and useful, allowing a vast choice for selection for different purposes. He describes them in detail and suggests that with sincere efforts and scientific application the breeding of dogs of Indian origin can give improved and well typed out progenies within a few years. A catalogue of forty-three art plates showing the different varieties of Indian breeds is appended to this book.Here for the first time a revealing light is thrown on a totally neglected subject - Indian Dog. Much literature on the foreign varieties of canine breeds is available and the dog lovers in India are very often inclined to prefer these breeds. But Maj. W. V. Soman points out that India too can boast of a wide variety of breeds equally fine, impressive, strong and useful, allowing a vast choice for selection for different purposes. He describes them in detail and suggests that with sincere efforts and scientific application the breeding of dogs of Indian origin can give improved and well typed out progenies within a few years. A catalogue of forty-three art plates showing the different varieties of Indian breeds is appended to this book.

 

Dogs: A new understanding of canine origin, behavior and evolution

Raymond Coppinger and Lorna Coppingerr

The University of Chicago PressThe University of Chicago Press
www.press.uchicago.edu
 

Biologists, breeders and trainers, and champion sled dog racers, Raymond and Lorna Coppinger have more than four decades of experience with literally thousands of dogs. Offering a scientifically informed perspective on canines and their relations with humans, the Coppingers take a close look at eight different types of dogs - household, village, livestock guarding, herding, sledpulling, pointing, retrieving, and hound. They argue that dogs did not evolve directly from wolves, nor were they trained by early humans; instead they domesticated themselves to exploit a new ecological niche: Mesolithic village dumps. Tracing the evolution of today's breeds from these village dogs, the Coppingers show how characteristic shapes and behaviors - from pointing and baying to the sleek shapes of running dogs - arise from both genetic heritage and the environments in which pups are raised. 

 

De Canibus: Dog and Hound in Antiquity  

R. H. A. Merlen

J. A. Allen & Co.

The decline of letters which set in after the fourth century A.D. led to nothing being written on the subject of the dog and hound for almost exactly a thousand years and one of the objects of this book is to try and fill in this wide gap in canine history. In addition, an endeavour has been made to trace the descent of some of the modern breeds of sporting dogs back to their ancient forebears, and at the same time an occasional glance has been directed at the diseases to which the flesh of dogs has always been unfortunately heir.

 

The Complete Book of Sight Hounds, Long Dogs and Lurchers

D. Brian Plummer

Robinson Publishing, London

Chapter 2 - Rare Breeds
Section on "The Sloughi"

A survey of sighthounds - greyhounds, lurchers, wolfhounds, the borzio and whippets - so named because they hunt by sight rather than by smell. The book gives information on their history, character, breeding and maintenance as well as their hunting and racing eligibility.

Coursing: The Pursuit of Game with Gazehounds

Richard Grant-Rennick (General Editor)

Published by Standfast Press, GB (1976)

Section on the Sloughi by Jackie Saunders

Nor only does this book describe every aspect of coursing today, but it presents the story of the sport throughout the ages, its depiction in art from ancient times and its history in other countries as well as our own. Nothing has been left out. And if you find any of it too serious please turn to "How I met my Waterloo" and the chapters on lurchers.

Captain Grant-Rennick has produced an authoritative book of the greatest interest to all lovers of country sports and with the delightful illustrations he offers us a book of much beauty. 

The Hounds of Heaven : Living and Hunting with an Ancient Breed by Stephen Bodio

The Hounds of Heaven: Living and hunting with an ancient breed

Stephen Bodio

Skyhorse Publishing

The Hounds of Heaven is a celebration of the Asian sight hound in all its names and glorious variety, a lament for disappearing ways, and an adventure. Its characters include scientists, hunters, and memorable dogs; Lashyn, the jealous girlfriend who destroyed the bonsai; Ataika, the Kazakh princess who rules the world, who taught herself to hunt with hawk, falcon, and gun entirely without commands; Kyran, who came speaking only Russian. Bodio blends science, history, and art to tell a tale that has not reached an end yet. As he says, "The hounds are still running."

The Saluqi Coursing Hound of the East

Edited by Gail Goodman

Midbar Inc (1995)
http://www.saluki.org/midbar/saluqi.htm

As a celebration of the Saluqi and a tribute to the Eastern breeder, as well as a reflection on the Western history of the breed, this encyclopedic work will be useful to dog fanciers, horse lovers, and researchers alike. Every page is stimulating, dense with information, while at the same time being just plain good reading. For those too busy to read, there are over a thousand photographs.

Gazehounds: The Search for Truth

Constance O. Miller

Hoflin Publishing Ltd.

The contents of this book were, in nearly verbatim form, published in the now defunct Gazehound magazine as a 22 part series (from 1976 to 1980) under the title, "The Search for Truth in Gazehounds".

 

Dogs of Africa

Sian Hall

Alpine Blue Ribbon Books

Section on the Sloughi

A definitive study of the breeds, new and old, originating on the African continent.

Pariahs - Hounds - Southern African Dogs - Sighthounds - Mastiffs - Small Pet Dogs

 

The Dogs of Capitalism
Book 1: Origins

Mitchell Jones 

 

Sighthounds Afield

Denise Como 

Authorhouse

Complete guide to sighthound breeds and amateur performance events (section on Sloughis)

Sighthounds or gazehounds -swift and athletic canines that have hunted by sight, rather than scent, for thousands of years - comprise a small but elite segment of known dog breeds. Sighthounds Afield includes many new photos, original cartoons, and illustrations. The author delves into the centuries-old history of sighthounds, and over 40 breeds are explored in photos and text.

Sighthounds: Their form, their function and their future

David Hancock

The Crowood Press Ltd.

Section on the Sloughi

This is a book for those fascinated by dogs that can run fast - really fast! Painstakingly researched and packed with information, it covers both British and foreign breeds, including some that are hardly known, covering their sporting past and arguing strongly for a sporting future for them. David Hancock challenges those who claim these dogs hunt solely by sight, describing their subtle use of scent and stressing their quite remarkable hearing as a hunting tool.

The Salukis in my life

Terence Clark

Medina Publishing

Sir Terence Clark's The Salukis in My Life is part-memoir, part-travelogue, and explores in lively and unprecedented detail the history and significance of the Saluki across the world. Indigenous to the Arabian peninsula, the desert-bred Saluki has for centuries been revered, and remains as highly valued today for its elegance and intelligence. Sir Terence's own life and work have been profoundly influenced by this ancient breed. His commitment to the study, enjoyment and preservation of these `Companions of Kings' has taken him far and wide and introduced him to extraordinary people and places: in Iraq and Oman (where he was British Ambassador), throughout the Middle East and across Syria, into Central Asia, Russia and China. Beautifully illustrated with personal photographs, artwork and calligraphy, this book interweaves Sir Terence's fascinating life story with the history of the breed throughout the region. His passion for Salukis is infectious - whether for hunting, showing, coursing, breeding or simply companionship, the reader cannot help but share the love.

THE HUNTING BOOK OF GASTON PHEBUS: PHEBUS, Gaston

The Hunting Book of Gaston Phébus

Christian de Longevialle / Claude d'Anthenaise

Hackberry Press

Treatise on hunting with superb mediaeval illustrations

 

Al-Mansur's book on Hunting

Sir Terence Clark & Muawiya Derhalli
(Introduction, translation and notes)

Aris & Phillips Ltd

Selection, breeding, feeding and training of Saluqis for hunting, and the treatment of canine diseases.

Dog's Best Friend: Journey to the Roots of an Ancient Partnership

Ursula Birr, Gerald Krakauer, Daniela Osiander

Park Street Press, Vermont (1999)

Through Dog's Best Friend unforgettable images and stirring narration we come to know and admire a variety of dogs of great dignity and distinct character, dogs such as the graceful and courageous azawakhs and sloughis of Burkina Faso and the herding dogs of Patagonia, animals whose roles are essential in the sustenance of their human counterparts.

Dogs in Antiquity: Anubis to Cerberus - The Origins of the Domestic Dog

Douglas Brewer, Terence Clark & Adrian Phillips

Aris & Phillips Ltd

Traces the origins of the domestic dog from its first beginnings as a wolf and then explores how the many varieties came about

The book of the Superiority of Dogs over many of Those who wear Clothes

Ibn al-Marzuban
(Translated and edited by G.R.Smith and M.A.S.Abdel Haleem)

Aris & Phillips Ltd

Collection of stories and poetry inspired by a conversation in 10th century Baghdad between the collector and a friend

Swifter than the arrow: the golden hunting hounds of ancient Egypt

Michael Rice

I.B.Tauris (2006)

Wolf to Dog to Hunting Hound - The Beloved Companion - The Hound in the Hunt - Golden Jackals, Egyptian Hounds and the Hounds of the Mediterranean Islands - The Canine Gods of Ancient Egypt

The Story of the African Dog

Johan Galant

University of Natal Press (2002)

The African dog, or Africanis, is the original domestic dog of southern Africa, whose ancient origins can be traced back to the prehistoric wild wolf packs of Arabia and India. This unique and fascinating study recreates for us the journey of the dog's primitive canine ancestors, from their earliest presence at the fire of Stone Age humans, through the evolution from wolf to protodog to domestic dog and subsequent migration into the African continent with nomadic Neolithic herders.

 

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