The Hounds of Khiva
We obtained our first Sighthound, a Borzoi in 1964. Two years later, we were fortunate to have one of our Borzoi, CAN, MEX, AM CH. Sirhan Pobedim ranked as one of the nation’s top-ten Borzoi. At this time, we established the kennel name of ‘Khiva'.
In 1970, we acquired our first Whippet. This Whippet went on to be the foundation for the Hounds of Khiva's Best in Show line of Whippets. During this time, we also owned several Greyhounds but never bred them.
Having always admired their elegance and dignified spirit, we obtained our first Saluki in 1975. Our first Saluki, Am, Mex. and Ca Ch. Ananda Khovan of Khiva ("Oso") became a group winner, placer and multiple Best of Breed winner. Valerie won her first Best in Show with a Saluki in 1981 and later had a very successful campaign with Multiple BIS and Multiple SBIS Ch. Baklava's Rafi Rasil of Khiva - he was ranked as the Number 1 Saluki in America in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
The Khiva Salukis have achieved numerous coursing, obedience, triathlon, and Canine Good Citizen titles. The Khiva Salukis have won 11 all-breed Best in Shows (all owner handled) and have won over 110 Saluki and/or Hound Specialty awards. Additionally, with very limited showing, the Khiva Salukis have been ranked as a top-ten Saluki in the United States for 11 years.
We continue to show and breed Salukis under the kennel name of 'Khiva' and could not imagine a life without them!
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