(aka: Gazelle Hound, Royal Dog of Egypt, Persian Greyhound, Tanji, Arabian Hound)
The Saluki is a very elegant, regal looking dog with a svelte build and a certain dignity about the way he carries himself. He is medium ot large in size. The coat of the Saluki may be smooth of feathered, and has a silky, soft texture. Coloring includes golden, grizzle and tan, black and tan, cream, red, tri-color, and fawn, amongst others. His silky ears hang down to frame his face beautifully, and his tail is a luxurious plume. The height of the Saluki is around 23-29 inches, and the weight around 40-70 pounds.
An extremely fast and agile dog, the Saluki is a very dignified and often aloof creature. He is very independent and can be manipulative, which means that he needs an assertive and confident owner with experience of dog ownership and handling. The Saluki should never be left alone in an unsecured area, as he can jump and run with amazing agility, and will soon be up, off, and away. These dogs do need to be socialized early on in order to promote confidence and an outgoing personality. They are energetic when outdoors, as their running and jumping abilities prove, but when indoors they are quiet, calm, and peaceful. This is a dog that likes his creature comforts, but also needs plenty of exercise to release all of that energy. The Saluki is not a Velcro pet that will follow you around everywhere, and tends to be reserved. However, he is still loyal and displays affection in his own quiet way to his family.
The Saluki will get along well with children that are older and gentle, as he does not take to being handled roughly or pounced upon, as smaller children may be tempted to do. They are generally accepting of other dogs, but should not be trusted around smaller animals due to their high prey drive. He tends to keep himself to himself, and is usually aloof and reserved around strangers. Cautious and protective, they can make effective watchdogs. This breed can be a challenge to train, but owners should always focus on correcting him verbally due to his sensitive nature.
The Saluki is a low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming, and his coat can be kept in good condition simply with occasional brushing. He is a medium shedder, and may not be ideal for those with severe allergies.
The history of the Saluki is long and storied. The breed is believed by many to be among the oldest-if not the oldest-in the world. Salukis have been found buried and mummified alongside Pharaohs in Egypt and their images have been found on Egyptian tombs that date back to 2100 B.C.
The Arabs consider this breed to be a gift from Allah. Their place in this culture is such that Salukis are cherished, household dwellers in countries where other dogs are considered unclean and unworthy. They breed has long been dubbed "el hor," which means the noble by the Arabs.
Salukis have been revered through the ages. They are renowned for their speeds, agility, endurance and extreme hunting skills. The breed has long been used to hunt in harsh desert terrain and is particularly noted for its ability to track and kill gazelle.
Although still revered by Arabs, the Saluki breed has made its way around the world. This breed is known for its incredible showing at agility trials and in lure coursing. They are still consummate hunters as many an owner has found out the hard way. A bit difficult to train and perhaps never fully obedient, the Saluki's long and storied history is still being added to today. The breed is recognized by a number of organizations around the world.
Salukis are thought to be very intelligent and quite trainable-to a point. This very spirited breed will respond quite well to obedience training in controlled situations. In open fields, however, they will very typically not respond to their handler's calls at all. This is especially the case if they have their sights set on a small animal.
With incredibly adept natural hunting skills, these dogs are often considered civilized, but quite defiant in certain circumstances. It is nearly impossible, if not completely undesirable, to try and train the hunting instincts out of this breed.
Puppies must be trained and socialized early. They are subject to fits of defiance and destruction if they are not given proper amounts of exercise and affection. If they are trained and exercised, however, they are practically perfect while indoors.
Salukis respond very well to endurance training and love lure coursing. They are also readily suited for tracking and other hunting-related activities. They exceed in most activities that rely on their natural speed, endurance and hunting abilities.
Salukis do require a lot of reinforcement and firm guidance to train. Defiance will still likely be present in the most highly trained members of this breed, however, but typically only in outdoor, unleashed situations. They do not respond well to harsh training measures.
There are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes thyroid problems, heart conditions, tumors, and sensitivity to drug and chemicals. The parents of the Saluki should have clearance in relation to heart conditions.