A Dog of Grace and Speed
The Saluki is a beautiful and prized dog that is believed to date back to around 6000 BC. Proof of its very ancient existence has been found in carvings from that period depicting strong likenesses to this hound.
In addition, other old engravings have also been discovered illustrating the dog's hunting abilities, for which it is well known.
This breed became favored by the pharaohs and were highly esteemed by them. Mummified remains have been discovered in the royal tombs of ancient Egypt to indicate their importance and value.
The Saluki is a sighthound, also known by other names, including the Persian Greyhound, Gazelle Hound
and Arabian Hound. Its graceful and elegant body is similar in appearance to the greyhound.
It was used in Arabia, Egypt and Persia to hunt gazelles, using its excellent vision to see far into the distance and remarkable speed, which can reach up to 40 miles per hour.
The breed is also known to have superb hearing, picking up the slightest sound long before any human awareness.
They are among the oldest of hounds and their hunting instincts are deeply ingrained.
Personality and Traits:
If you want a dog that is comforting when you're feeling down and out, or playful when you're in a great mood, then this
is your dog! Salukis are known for their sensitive and loyal nature and will react to your moods and the environment.
At the same time, because of their sensitivity, they need a gentle approach and lots of praise when you are training
them. Harshness won't work with this breed - actually, it usually doesn't work with any breed!
As a family companion, they are affectionate, intelligent and make good watchdogs.
The lifspan of Salukis is in the range of twelve to fourteen years.
It has been reported from a British survey, that cancer is the main cause of death in this breed with lymphoma and liver cancer being
the two most common types.
Secondary health issues to be aware are related to heart defects.
Appearance, Coat And Care
23-28 inches Weight:
31-55 lbs.Color variations:
Cream, White, Golden Fawn, black and tan, red, and
There are two coat types. The more common is smooth and silky, with feathering on the legs, back of thighs and long silky ears. The other coat type is short and smooth all over.
This breed sheds about average and grooming is
handled quite easily by occasional brushing. They are considered a naturally clean dog and another nice feature is that
its coat is basically odor free.
These dogs enjoy and should ideally have a lot of exercise. They love to run, but this should be done on leash
considering that they would by natural instinct, chase after a rabbit or small animal if given the chance.
This dog has awesome stamina and can run at a very high speed. If you happen to be an
athletic type who can run at a good clip, this dog, when conditioned, would have no trouble keeping up.
A fascinating book about
The Desert Hound And The English
Travelers Who Brought It to the West
This breed does best in a house with a decent size yard in which to run. Additionally, a doghouse is ideal when they are outside to protect
them from sunburn, but they
should sleep inside overnight for warmth because of their lean bodies.
Best with older children who are gentle and considerate of pets. As always, caution and supervision is recommended
whenever children play with any pets.
Size and exercise requirements might rule out the Saluki as the best choice for the elderly or more sedentary family.
Its loyalty and love would rule it in.
Books Of Interest
The Saluki In
Art And Sport
The Doggies Want Your WOOF!
Hound Dog Breeds