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Old 10-04-2012, 10:08 PM
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I am not even close to an expert, but I have seen LOTS of pics of salukis that must be about thin. Look at the haunch muscles, the way the vertebrae are mostly encased in muscle. And keep in mind that the dog is in motion and panting.







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I personally am not up for making a declaration on her saluki's condition (maybe all of the above are just too skinny) but something to keep in mind.

ETA and yes, allowing that fila pup to get to that point of emaciation could very well have shortened his lifespan. A body isn't some totally elastic thing that you can just neglect to the brink of death without consequence. Especially with a growing animal. For all we know that pup has organ damage and reduced function.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:13 PM
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The biggest thing with the Saluki that has bothered me from the get go is he's more gaunt than in hard working condition. He does not seem to have muscle to go along with the lack of body fat and to me that says malnutrition. But he's always been on the edge, just enough that I didn't feel sure from just pictures.

I'm a huge Saluki fan, always have been. I'm also on multiple working and hunting Saluki boards and few leave me with the unsettled feeling hers does.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:14 PM
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Cough.. 'working' dogs also need nourishment and energy to do their work properly.


TOO thin.
Compared to these:







But it also hard to judge a sighthound's weight as well, here are some other Salukis that look worse off then he does!!




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The number of too thin Malinois and pit bulls out there do not excuse the fact they are too thin.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:20 PM
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No one can completely judge Bukra then, look at how many others Saluki's show so much. Plus, he is panting and in motion.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:21 PM
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The number of too thin Malinois and pit bulls out there do not excuse the fact they are too thin.
I agree, but if it encouraged in some circles to have too-thin dogs then it can be more an issue of actually thinking it is desirable vs I don't think I'll bother to feed you today.
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in other news this thread is officially the most viewed thread in general dog chat.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:24 PM
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I'd like too see actual muscle across the ribs and back and hips. Sight hounds, while lean, are meaty dogs when done right. I am curious what is flawed in that breed that causes so many dogs lacking in good muscle mass. I have two in my class and while they are leaner than greyhounds they still have a lot more muscle than these dogs photo'd.
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in other news this thread is officially the most viewed thread in general dog chat.
except for the BSL sticky. It's the most replied to thread as well.
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Here's a non moving side shot we can judge:

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