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Saluki: Personality, Exercise, Health

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About Saluki

Country of Origin, History of Salukis

Saluki is a graceful sight hound, bred to course (chase down) small prey.

The ancestors of Saluki date back to 6000 to 7000 BC. However, the Saluki rose to prominence much later in ancient Egyptian art. They were used for hunting and have been traced back to 1450 - 1550 in Iran.

Chinese paintings during the Mind dynasty even included Salukis. They have also been found in European paintings in 1500s. After 1930s, the breed became extremely popular in Bahrain and in the entire Middle East. Salukis were not sold - they were gifted as a mark of honor.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

Salukis are sighthounds. So they hunt by sight - more than sound or scent - and would run to kill or retrieve their prey. Like all other Sighthounds, they are deep-chested and have a long-legged body.

They have a long and narrow head with large eyes and drop ears and a long and curved tail.


They can have a variety of colors including white, cream, fawn, red, grizzle/tan, black/tan, and tri-color (white, black and tan).


Females are slightly smaller than males and the breed can be found to stand 23-28” in height.

Weight: They weigh between 40-65 lbs.

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Saluki Personality Traits

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Appearing guarded and aloof, this breed is really more sensitive than anything and loves companionship, but in small numbers.

Best with other Salukis, they can be shy and submissive with other breeds. Gentle training is required and, with the exception of their need chase prey, are responsive to most commands.

Hygiene is important to the breed and their cat-like grooming demonstrates this.

Are they suited to families with kids?

They are fine with older children but as with adults can bond more closely with one individual.

Living Conditions:

Its instinct to course makes it a fast runner and requires lots of space with safety provided.

Saluki Activity Level

Salukis need to run freely but safely needs to be ensured frequently.

They train well to the lead and can appreciate long walks; however, their gait is not suited to most joggers, rather to rollerblades and those on bicycles.


Grooming requirements depend on the density of the coat but should include frequent brushing and nail clipping. Since Salukis are prideful of their appearance, bathing should be done only when needed.

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Health and Care

Eye Disease and some cancers are found in this breed but quality breeding can reduce the possibility of occurrence. The nose is sensitive to sunburn so care needs to be taken to prevent this from happening.

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years.

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Group: Hound Group.

AKC Popularity Ranking: 120

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