Africa is undoubtedly the birthplace of the southern greyhounds. From time immemorial, nomadic tribes had a constant hunting companion in them. Only greyhounds had access to the tents of nomadic tribes, although other dogs - pariahs were considered unclean animals, which were neither liked nor aroused by interest,
Similar living conditions and functions created a fairly uniform silhouette of the greyhounds as useful hunting assistants. Of course, the thought of a cynologist in the European sense of the word never reached these primal strains.
Arabian Greyhounds became interested in French cynologists. France too, then ruling over a vast colonial empire, entered them to the FCI and was entered into the register of breeds recognized by the FCI under No. 188.
However, the vast areas of the Sahara desert and neighboring areas have created several regional types, quite different, with various secondary characteristics. Against this background, various doubts emerged in the assessment of these different types imported to Europe. Various disputes arose, which finally at the FCI congress in Verona in 1980 years led to the regulation of this problem. Greyhounds - sloughi have been recognized as a breed of Morocco, which, after gaining independence, joined the FCI and presented a modified standard of this breed.
Another relative of the sloughi was another Arabian Greyhound, quite significantly different from the dog described in this pattern. The standard of this breed, called azawakh, was submitted to the FCI Standard Committee by the Ministry of Agriculture of Mali. But the difficulty was there, that Mali is not a member of the FCI either, as far as I know, there is no canine organization. However, the existence of this race is an undeniable fact, independent of the obstacles of a formal nature, which more and more specimens appeared in Europe. These difficulties were chosen in Verona by a resolution accepting the model sent by Mali - but the patronage of this breed was entrusted to France. This pattern was entered in the FCI register under no. 307.
PHARAOH'S DOG = KALB TAI FENEK = PODENCO IBICENCO
Long-lasting disputes over the separation of the two races were also settled in Verona. For the dog of the pharaohs, Malta was considered the country of origin and under no. 248b the currently valid pattern was entered. Dogs of a different type will be run as a Spanish breed Podenco Ibicenco entered under the number of the register 89.
I am omitting these patterns, because they have not been shown here yet, and single specimens rarely appear on continental exhibitions.