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Saluki Breed Fact Sheet

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Saluki Breed Information

Group 4: Hounds, sight hound

Energy Level: Moderate

Original Function: coursing hare and gazelles

Temperament: loyal, affectionate and, because of its keen sense of hearing, makes a good watchdog.

Recommended for: Active people & families.

Be Aware: Can jump high fences.

Lifespan: 12 - 15 yrs


Height: 56-71cm (21"-28")

Colour: White, Fawn, Cream, Red, Grizzle, Tri-colour, Black/Tan & Parti-colour.

Coat: Feathered- Straight with feathering.
Smooth- Short with no feathering.

General Appearance: The whole appearance of this breed should give an impression of grace and symmetry and of great speed and endurance coupled with strength and activity to enable it to kill gazelle or other quarry over deep sand or rocky mountain. The expression should be dignified and gentle with deep, faithful, farseeing eyes.



The Saluki is the oldest known breed of domestic dog. It is depicted in carvings of early civilizations such as that of "Sumerian Empire" dating back to 8000 -7000 BC and in Egyptian tombs of 2000 BC. This dog was declared "sacred " by the Mohammedan religion and at the same time decrees that all other dogs are "unclean", Salukis being allowed to sleep with their sheiks. Due to the nomadic nature of the Arabs, the Saluki was found on the entire coast of north Africa, in the Sahara, the Sudan, Egypt and the whole of the near East and this is why they vary in size and amount of feathering, each being related to the area from which they came.
They are related to the Greyhound and the Arabs found their speed and agility invaluable. When they went hunting they took often a pair of Salukis and a hooded hawk, nearing the quarry the hawks were released to seek out the game and once seen the dogs were released to hunt the quarry down. They are very loyal, gentle and affectionate and quickly become part of the family. The can be aloof around strangers. While easy to train they become nervous and timid if training is harsh or the trainers manner is over bearing.

Grooming- brushing the coat regularly will keep it looking tidy and bath when needed.

Exercise- they need to be able to have off lead running as well as daily long walks.

Health- This breed is generally sound but some can suffer from genetic eye problems.
For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition


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