Camel trains from Egypt carried Salukis to all parts of the ancient world along the silk roads. The Saluki is widely recognised as the first of the sighthound breeds and is still unsurpassed for its combination of speed and endurance and is still used as a food provider by some nomadic tribes from Morocco to Asia Minor.
The Saluki is a beautiful connection with the past and is treasured by a relatively small number of devotees as a companion and show dog. Their aristocratic appearance and light, easy movement have made them a favourite with the show judges. They can share an active outdoor life, or while away summer days and winter nights of peaceful partnership. They are equally at ease racing through the open fields, or resting peacefully in the comfort of your home.
Salukis can live up to 16 years of age.
Average size and weight
56cm to 71cm
20kg to 30kg
Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
Bred to share the family home, Salukis are an extremely gentle breed. A medium sized, moderate dog built for extreme speed and endurance. There are smooth coated and feathered varieties, the latter with silky fringes mainly on the ears and tail. It is a watchdog that will warn of intruders, but will not attack. Salukis are trustworthy, tolerant and are affectionate with children.
Compatibility with other pets
Salukis will get on well with other pets (including cats), when brought into the home at a young age and properly introduced. As with any other breed older animals will require more time to settle into a new environment.
Salukis ideally require a large well-fenced yard and their own comfortable sheltered accommodation. A Saluki should be walked regularly, especially if it has to be left alone all day. The Saluki is social, not solitary.
Please take note
Young Salukis need training in the social graces and the socialisation of pups is extremely important in producing a well-adjusted adult. Lack of human affection, boredom and frustration can produce acts of defiance and destruction.
An active lifestyle is not a prerequisite in owning a Saluki, but a prospective owner must have ample time to provide proper exercise and grooming.
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