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The Saluki's athletic appearance gives the
impression he is capable of great speed
and endurance. He is gentle, intelligent
and devoted. The Saluki is an ancient breed
which dates back thousands of years ago
to the Middle East. Archaeologist have found
images which resemble the Saluki in many
artifacts. Additionally, historians believe
this type dog was held in such high regard
that he was mummified as the Egyptian Pharaohs
were. The Saluki is also known as the Royal
Dog of Egypt.
The Saluki is a natural sight hound used
mostly for chasing gazelle and hares since
he has the ability to run at great speeds
for a long periods of time. The Saluki is
also used as a companion and a guard dog.
While the Saluki was first introduced to
England in 1840, interest in this breed
didn't really spark until the late 1800s.
The first official breed standard was written
in 1923 and was also officially recognized
by the Kennel Club of England. Four years
later in 1927, the Saluki was officially
recognized by the American Kennel Club.
The height for a Saluki can range from 23
- 28 inches (58 - 71 cm) when measured at
the shoulder. Bitches are generally smaller.
The weight of a Saluki can range from 29
- 66 pounds (13 - 30 kg).
The Saluki's coat is smooth and has a soft
and silky texture. Feathering can be found
on the legs, at the back of the thighs and
possibly on the throat for adults. There
is no feathering on the smooth variety.
The Saluki's coat sheds very little and
grooming of includes a weekly brushing and
a bath when necessary. The Saluki coat has
very little odor.
Colors of the Saluki coat include white,
cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle and tan,
tricolor (white, black and tan) and black
and tan. AKC Standard.
The Saluki is intelligent, sensitive and
independent - which is oftentimes mistaken
for being aloof. This is a calm natured
breed with a cat-like personality. Training
must be done in a consistent, firm, patient
and positive manner and the Saluki owner
must always be viewed as his pack leader.
A lot of positive reinforcement is necessary
with Salukis. They need daily exercise (love
to run), but caution must be taken when
outdoors because this natural sight hound
breed will take off and will not respond
to your return command. The Saluki does
better with older children who do not roughhouse.
Although the Saluki can be reserved (even
with his own family), he does not like to
be left alone. This breed enjoys the company
of his family and is very devoted.
There are no major health concerns
to the Saluki which is considered a very
healthy breed. The Saluki usually lives
up to the age of 13 and many until 15 and
• The Saluki is also referred to as
the Royal Dog of Egypt, Gazelle Hound and
• The Saluki is the mascot for Southern
AKC: Hound Group
ANKC: Hounds - Group 4
CKC: Hounds - Group 2
FCI: Group 10 Section 1 Long-haired or fringed
UKC: Sighthounds & Pariahs