Personality:Gentle, dignified, loyal but independent-minded
Coat & Grooming:The smooths require occasional brushing; “feathered” Salukis need more grooming
Energy Level:Very Active; Salukis are swift, agile runners who love a good chase— fenced-in running room is a must
Originally: Middle East
Meet the Saluki
The beauty of Salukis has been a thing of wonder for thousands of years. They’re slim and leggy, but very strong and perfectly balanced, like a great athlete or dancer. Males can stand between 23 and 28 inches at the shoulder; females can be much shorter. They come in a many colors and patterns. Their large, oval-shaped eyes are warm and intelligent. Salukis are highly adaptable, able to live and work in any climate. They’re magnificent animals, but owning them comes with many special challenges.
What's Their Story?
The Saluki is among the oldest dog breeds. Experts tell us Salukis might go as far back as 7000 b.c. Like other sighthounds, Salukis were special favorites of kings: Egyptian pharaohs, Alexander the Great, and on through history. The breed today is remarkably similar in shape and personality to its ancient ancestors. We can still marvel at the same sleek lines and natural dignity that thrilled royal families of the Middle East, Egypt, and Asia since before the Pyramids were built.
To understand Salukis, you have to know what they were created to do. Salukis are a type of dog called sighthounds, hunters who use keen eyesight and explosive speed to spot, chase, and capture prey animals. This type of hound works alone, not with a handler—even an Olympic sprinter couldn’t keep up running alongside a Saluki—and this accounts for the breed’s independent nature. They love to chase small animals, like cats and squirrels, and training these sensitive hounds can be quite a job.