Saluki

Quick facts

Saluki AKC Group: Hound
Height: Male: 23-28 in., Female: 23-28 in.
Weight: Male: 29-66 lbs., Female: 29-66 lbs.
Colors: white, cream, fawn, grizzle, red and tan, tricolor and black and tan
AKC recognized in: 1929

The Saluki is known as the royal dog of Egypt and perhaps the oldest domesticated dog breed in the world. Animals bearing resemblance to this dog have appeared in ceramics and pottery from the Fertile Crescent. These artifacts date as far back as 3500 BC. Some dogs were even mummified along the remains of the Pharaoh. Some believe that they have a close relation with the Afghan Hound. This namesake breed was named after an Arabian city in the Middle East.

The Saluki carries great significance in Arabian culture. Muslims believe that the breed is a gift from Allah himself. They were never sold or traded in the market and were only given as gifts to symbolize friendship and honor.

The Saluki is an admirable creature which is a sight to behold. At its finest form, this dog sports a graceful and slender body. The coat is smooth and silky. Those with a white patch in the forehead are regarded as special by Bedouin tribes.

Although imported to England by the 1840s, it did not catch public attention until 1895 when Florence Amherst began promoting the breed. As a result, the Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1923. The American Kennel Club followed suit in 1929. Salukis are also known as the Gazelle Hound and the Persian Greyhound.


Temperament

Saluki Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance two paws
Ease of Training two paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children three paws
Friendliness: Other Animals two paws
Friendliness: Other Pets two paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability three paws

Salukis may seem fragile and elegant but they are a powerful dog breed. It may be lightly built but this comes with a purpose. It is a fast runner although it is not the fastest. What it lacks in speed it makes up for in more stamina and endurance. This allows it to hunt in all kinds of terrain which make it a prized dog for Arab sheikhs.

Although born a hunter, Salukis are gentle and mild-mannered. It is a devoted dog although it may be somewhat aloof with its own family. It does have a tendency to be loyal and close to only one person. Children are only safe when roughhousing is not involved.

This dog will get along with dogs of the same breed. Their keen eyesight also makes them excellent watchdogs. Smaller creatures may be in danger because of its natural hunter instincts.

This dog is eager to please and will do what it is told to do. On the other hand, it still requires a fair amount of training. This is better handled by someone who can establish and assert dominance over this dog. Keep in mind though that Salukis can be quite sensitive.

Health and Exercise

Salukis live an average lifespan lasting between 10 to 12 years. This breed is prone to some genetic diseases concerning their eyes as well as cancer. Sunburn is also something to watch out for.

This breed is a natural athlete and as such requires a lot of regular exercise. They should be allowed to run in a large area. Dog owners should scout the area as a precaution as Salukis are often lost or killed from wandering off and chasing small animals.

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