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The Afghan Hound in Australia - A Brief History
by Jim Hickie , Gengala Afghans, Australia.
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From the foregoing it becomes clear that most of the imports that established the breed in this country in the 1950's and early 1960's and which have had a continuing influence on its subsequent development were brought here from the U.K. by migrating English enthusiasts.
From the early 1960's through to the mid 1970's there was increasing interest in the breed - the show entries continually increased and Afghans became popular as pets as well as show dogs. By the mid 1970's specialist shows were drawing entries of up to five hundred and there were established large breeding kennels that housed large numbers of dogs. Inevitably the popularity of the breed led to many more imports from England and a few from America. It would be impossible to mention all, so this history will confine itself to documenting just some of the dogs and people who made a significant and ongoing contribution to the worldwide reputation for excellence that the breed in Australia acquired over this period. .
Only a small number of the imports of this period have survived as significant dogs in modern pedigrees. Some were owned by large or influential kennels where they had many breeding opportunities while others had rather restricted opportunities but still managed to stamp their influence on the breed. Some were great show dogs, others were great producers and a few were both. There were other dogs also imported who did some winning for a while and/or whose influence lasted but a generation or two - those are not the subject of this brief history. .
1963 saw the first imports of dogs carrying American bloodlines . The first of these, Ch. Tarababa of Carloway, was a son of the American import to the U.K. , Wazir of Desertaire. He came to the Emir Kennels of Lester and Joyce Davey. From this kennel came the foundation stock for both the Dzum kennels of Peter and Cathy Frost and the Calahorra Kennels of Stuart and Wendye Slatyer. The Slatyers and the Daveys together subsequently brought in Chandhara's Emir of Gray Dawn from the U.K. This dog produced a number of winners but the two most important must be the black and tan bitch Ch. Calahorra Turban who was a dominant force in the showrings in the early 1970's and the other was the blue dog Ch. Calahorra Quetzlcoatl . Included among the winners this dog sired was Calahorra Magnolia, who when mated to Ch Quom Starspangled Banner produced a unique litter of outstanding stock that included the cream dog Ch Rahzmundah Mr. America a Specialty Best in Show winner and in turn a significant producer..
Barbara Skilton imported the black and tan bitch Ajman Shiramin around the same time. This bitch enhanced the already strong line of black and tans down from Aghai of Hawkfield When mated to Ch. Sforzy Al Shar she produced an excellent sire in Ch. El Tazzi Jabbabirah who was important in the foundation of Lorraine Hilder's Alsace Kennels. Jabbabirah when mated back to Shiramin , his mother, produced Sforzy Deebah who when mated to Ch. Nansing Jacosta produced the foundation bitch for Don Day's Aboukir Kennel. This bitch Aboukir Jezabel was the grand-dam of Aboukir Brazen Sooty, producer of eighteen champions..

Over this same period the Shaaltarah Kennels of Lyn Schelling ( now Watson) had imported Ch. Chandhara Wazir Shah (another son of Wazir of Desertaire) who unfortunately lost his life in an accident before he coukld leave any progeny. Lyn subsequently imported Ch. Chandhara Tarkuhn Khan and Ch. Horningsea Kista both of which were very important in maintaining the output of quality stock from this highly successful kennel..
In 1966 the first brindle Afghan arrived in Australia. This was Ch. Chandharas Tardis Arrakesh (U.K.) brought out by Graham Palchen and Lyle Dally (Shahzada). "Tygah" as he was known made his presence felt in the showring very early in life, taking Best in Show at Adelaide Royal under Stanley Dangerfield (U.K.) at just thirteen and a half months of age ! From there he went on to win a further ninety five Best in Shows including a number of specialties and Royals. He was always immaculately presented and was a great showman. He produced twenty six Champions including Ch. Shahzada Brazen Sooty who was out of another English import Chandhara Shirazada. Sooty won a number of Best in Shows and was top Afghan in Victoria in 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971. Graham and Lyle were also the importers of Ch. Chandhara Hashim Yakoub and Chandhara Shirazada and later on brought out one of the very early blues to arrive in Australia, Akabas Blue Max ( U.S.A.).
The black masked gold dog Eng.& Aust. Ch. Mazari of Carloway (U.K.) was not only a successful sire but a really great show dog. In terms of breed characteristics, " a style of high order", "dignified and aloof" etc. this dog was the epitomy of the standard and of course in the hands of his owner David Roche his presentation was never less than perfect. He won Sydney Royal in 1965 and then went on to go Best in Show at both Melbourne and Adelaide Royal Shoiws. He was not only an important sire for David's Fermoy Kennels but figured prominently in the breedings at Emir,Calahorra and Dzum Kennels..
Eng & Aust. Ch. Wolliwog of Carloway was the next male to be imported by David Roche. This dog had been a top winner in England and already had sired many winners there and also a litter ( from a dam imported in whelp) in New Zealand before his arrival in Australia. Two of that litter came to Australia. He continued to produce valuable stock for a number of kennels here. .
The Flying Dutchman of Isfahan (U.S.A.) was one of the earliest imports from America. He was owned by Wendye and Stuart Slatyer (Calahorra) and produced numerous champions for this kennel as well as many others, some forty in all. Many of his progeny were also good producers and to this day he is considered to be an important figure in modern pedigrees. It is interesting to note that semen collected from this dog in 1976 was used some sixteen years later in 1992 to produce Ch. Calahorra Below Zero (A.I.)

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