The Saluki was a rare breed in America in the early 1960s when fanciers joined together to form the Southern California Saluki Fanciers for the purpose of sharing information and supporting Saluki activities. The club met with instant success, evolving almost immediately to Western and soon thereafter to the American Saluki Association [ASA] of today,
now as then, "dedicated to the fulfillment of the many-faceted potentials of
It is, in fact, an international organization boasting members worldwide.
The Association supports conformation, open field coursing, lure coursing, obedience, and the growing list of activities such as agility and rally in which owners participate with their hounds. An annual Celebration has been held every July since 1963 featuring a lavishly supported dog show and a banquet for the presentation of perpetual trophies for outstanding achievement in various areas of competition. 2013 marked
the 50th anniversary of this special event, now held in conjunction
with the Lompoc Valley Kennel Club Show.
Immediately upon its inception, the Association began to produce quality publications filled with articles, event reports, photographs and news.
By 1971 the club newsletter was no longer published sporadically, but regularly on a quarterly schedule that is maintained to this day. In addition to the four Newsletters each year, special volumes called Caravanserais are published every five years. These publications, with photographs, pedigrees and individual information about every Saluki whose owner can be persuaded to participate, provide a permanent record of the Saluki's history in the United States and an invaluable reference tool for any student of the breed. Few, if any, breeds can boast as complete and well- documented a written history as that provided by the ASA.