Saluki

Persian Greyhound

Such an elegant dog can only be given to a friend or a distinguished guest. Receiving a Saluki as a gift is a great mark of esteem from the donor. The happy recipient of such a dog can therefore easily know the real affection carried by the donor of such a gift, invaluable in his country of origin. The Saluki is never negotiated, he is a dog of honor. Owning such a dog is therefore a real privilege.

Height 58 to 71 cm
Weight 20 to 30 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years

Quick Overview of the Saluki

Temperament

  • Calm and sensitive
  • Intelligent
  • Dignified and loving
  • Very faithful

Appearance

  • Pretty, very elegant lines
  • Muscular and very agile
  • Slim physique
  • Unique look

Health

  • No particular pathology
  • Rarely ill
  • Enjoys excellent health
  • Long life expectancy

Temperament of the Saluki

Calm, sensitive, intelligent, dignified and affectionate, the Saluki is a very loyal dog, full of affection for his entire family. He has an independent character, but is still very attached to his family.

His socialization and education generally do not cause any particular problem.

Sometimes he runs away, probably because of his ancestral genes, which have given him very strong hunting instincts. It is then preferable to provide a very large fence if the dog spends time in the garden.

In spite of his independent side, he greatly enjoys the company of humans, and hates being alone for too long. Even for a few hours, the Saluki doesn't appreciate solitude, and if he has to sleep outside, he wont' hesitate to claim his right to sleep inside by manifesting noisily.

Naturally docile, he is easy to train and socialize. Nevertheless, it is necessary to educate him very early and with a firm hand.

From a young age, just a few months old, he is able to receive an education. Intelligent and sociable, despite his natural independence, he easily cohabits with other animals in the house.

Even if he is totally devoid of aggression, he makes an excellent alarm dog, alerting only if he feels that something is wrong. However, he is neither fearful nor aggressive.

He likes children, and likes to protect them, but they must learn to respect his need for calm and isolation at an early age.

He loves his family, but needs a quiet spot where he can isolate himself when he wants to. It is important to respect his vital need for calm and solitude when he needs it.

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Breed Appearance

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Endowed with elegant and harmonious lines, the Saluki is a very agile muscular dog. The grace and harmony of his curves give him a particular general aspect, but very photogenic.

His slender physique suggests his liveliness, strength and high speed. His unique look can be summed up in three simple words: elegance, grace and harmony.

Height

Between 58 and 71 cm (22.83 to 27.95 inches) for the male
Between 58 and 71 cm (22.83 to 27.95 inches) for the female

Weight

Between 20 and 30 kg (44.09 to 66.14 pounds) for the male
Between 20 and 30 kg (44.09 to 66.14 pounds) for the female

Color

All colours are allowed for the Saluki's coat, whether long or short-haired.

Hair

The long-haired variety has a soft, smooth, silky coat with fringes on the back of the limbs.

The characteristics are the same for the short-haired variety, except that it has no fringes.

Morphology

His head, with a moderately broad skull, has a slightly pronounced stop. His oval eyes are large and hazelnut.

His long ears, set high, are drooping. His nose is black or a nice brown colour.

His tail is long and carried naturally curved, the tip reaches the point of the hock at the very least.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 10, section 1 and is #269

Tips About this breed

This dog, born for hunting, like all those of his category, is a dog of honor in his country of origin. His ancestors were raised like princes, so he has retained his dignified and elegant appearance.

Even if he has energy to spare, the Saluki can easily live in an apartment, as long as he can benefit from sufficient daily exercise.

Health of the Saluki

Despite his rather fragile appearance, the Saluki is a sturdy, solid and very fast dog. He does not suffer from any particular pathology and is rarely sick. He also enjoys excellent health and life expectancy.

GROOMING

Both varieties of Saluki require brushing at least twice a week. However, the long-haired variety requires a little more attention to the fringes with each brushing.

The drooping ears of both varieties should be checked frequently. No other special care is however required in his case.

History of this breed

Originally from the Middle East, he has been used for hunting in the vastness of Arab territories for thousands of years. Originally, the Saluki was adapted to each tribe, depending on the terrain and the game to be hunted.

Although this dog's history is not well documented, his name probably comes from the royal family of the Seleucids, whose immense kingdom extended from Indus to the Mediterranean in the years 350-50 BC.

At the time, many caravans travelled through the kingdom, allowing the breed to spread throughout the vast territories of the Middle East.

According to the tradition of his country of origin, the Saluki is neither bought nor sold, being only offered as a mark of honor. The specimens thus offered to the Europeans and brought back to the territory, varied according to the climatic zone or the territory from which they came from.

In 1840 in England, the first Saluki was imported but under the name of "Persian Greyhound". This dog was then exhibited at the Regent's Park Zoo as an exotic curiosity.

Subsequently, all the original types of Saluki were included in the official English standard established in 1923. The breed was officially recognized in the United States in 1928 by the American Kennel Club. There are two kinds of breeds, the long-haired and the short-haired Saluki.

Originally widely used for hunting, this hound, which can chase unwounded or wounded game by smell, is also very popular in various competitive events, such as dog track races, or lure coursing.

He can also perform the duties of an alarm, guard and companion dog.

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