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Description: Dogs of the Pharaohs, the Saluki is a slim, high-stepping, elegant dog who was used in Arabia for hunting gazelles and other game with falcons. They are also known as the Gazelle Hound, Arabian Hound, Eastern Greyhound and the Persian Greyhound. Salukis can have running bursts of up to 40 mph with exceptional endurance. They are equipped with long, lean bodies and an especially long tail. Their tail reaches the ground, and long, silky fur is prominent on not only the tail but also the ears. They are such lean dogs that their ribs can be seen even when perfectly healthy. In their native country, their ears were often cropped in order to prevent flies and disease from gathering. Salukis are an aloof, cautious dog, but they are strongly committed to their family. They are quite sensitive, so a harsh voice or heavy hand in training is unnecessary. It has been said that one will never get their Saluki to always be obedient, but they can be moderately obedient if trained. They have a high prey drive and training should occur when they are puppies to ensure they do not run off on their own hunting escapades. Salukis are intelligent, alert, and calm. They are rather mild mannered, and behave much like cats inside the house: clean, quiet, and accepting attention when they want it. They love to be with family and are quite affectionate.
Other Names: Gazelle Hound, Persian Greyhound, Saluqi
Type: Sighthound and Pariah
- 28 inches, although females can be considerably shorter.
cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle, silver grizzle, deer grizzle, tri-color
(white, black and tan), and variations of these colors.
Salukis are active, gentle, affectionate, and loyal. They are alert and
very interested in hunting. They can be trained, but are not always responsive.
Salukis need to be controlled when out on a walk or trip, as they may let
their hunting instincts get the best of them. They can be delicate as puppies,
so rough housing should not be done with this breed as a puppy. Inside they
are relatively clean, quiet, and very affectionate. Intelligent and sensitive,
the Saluki is calm and mild mannered. They are somewhat aloof with
Care and Training:
Carefully comb or brush the Saluki coat with a soft bristle brush, over
brushing will cause the hairs to break. Shampoo only when necessary. Saluki
are minimally shedding dogs. They need the opportunity to run free in open
ground and also need long daily walks. They would make a great jogging companion.
Puppies need to be socialized from a very young age as the breed is generally
aloof or shy.
Activity: High - Outdoors.
Low - Indoors.
Health Issues: Prone to cancer. Other possible health concerns include ehrlichiosis, epilepsy, hemangiosarcoma, hypothyroidism, sensitivity to anesthesia, genetic eye diseases and sunburns, especially on the nose.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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