The Saluki is a very limber and graceful breed. Similar to a Greyhound, it
has a slim body and has long, silky feathering on the ears and the tail. However,
there is also a rare smooth variety that has no feathering. The smooth variety
has a coarser coat as compared to the feathered variety, which has a silky
fur. The Saluki’s head is narrow and tapers at the nose area. It has
eyes that are either light or dark brown, a strong jaw and long ears that hang
until the neck. The Saluki can be described as an animal of long proportions – it
has a long and flexible neck, giving it a dignified air and an elongated yet
muscular body. Its feet are hairy in between the toes, serving as protection
for rough terrain. The Saluki is very graceful when it runs, as all four legs
are suspended in mid-air when it picks up its gait. Dogs of this breed that
have white patches on their forehead are regarded as special by the Bedouin
tribes, claiming that the mark is “the kiss of Allah”.
Some Quick Facts:
Not for apartments. Needs room to roam.
Daily run or backyard romp.
23 to 28 inches
29 to 66 pounds
Standard Hair Colors:
Black, tan, white, cream, gold, red and combinations of these..
National breed club:
Saluki Club of America
The Saluki, touted as the royal dog of Egypt, is said to be as old as the ancient civilization. It was named after an Arabian city which has vanished beneath the desert sand. The breed, which is said to be a gift from Allah, is usually given as tokens of friendship and appreciation. They were so revered that their bodies, just like those of the powerful Pharaohs, were mummified. Pictures of the Saluki even appeared in ancient Egyptian tombs, dating as far back as 2100 BC.
While the Saluki was originally a hunting dog, it possesses a gentle and even-tempered nature. However, it is rarely affectionate and can be loyal to one person only. It needs to be subjected to moderate obedience training, in order to balance its innate hunting instincts. Due to these characteristics, the Saluki’s instinct is to chase and kill non-canine animals. Thus, Saluki owners must refrain from having other pets.
The Saluki, being a natural athlete, loves to run and roam around vast areas. They have such exceptional strength and endurance that they can outrun humans. However, they should not be allowed to run without supervision, as many get lost or are killed when let loose on their own.
Saluki dogs are not advised for people with cramped living quarters. The dog needs to roam around vast areas, since it loves to run. Salukis prefer warm weather although extremely hot conditions can be uncomfortable.
Since the Saluki’s ears are long and feathery, it is advised to check it regularly, to avoid accumulation of dirt that can lead to infections. The breed is very easy to groom, only requiring occasional brushing of the longer-haired areas.
The Saluki is prone to sunburn, especially on the nose area, because of its thin coat. It is also susceptible to eye diseases and cancer.
If you liked this dog…
You may also take a liking to the Chinese
Chonqing. This breed, just like
the Saluki, is dignified in its stance and can serve as a good hunting dog.
With proper training, however, they can become ideal watch dogs, always alert
and devoted to its owner and his family.