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Country of Origin: Middle East

Group: Sighthounds

Section: Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds

Original Function: coursing hare and gazelles

Todays Function: lure coursing, open-field coursing

Dimension Male: 58-71 cm

Dimension Female: 58-71 cm

Weight Male: 13-30 kg

Weight Female: 13-30 kg

Litter Size: 5-7 puppies

Life span: 12-14 years

Other Names: Gazelle Hound, Persian Greyhound

Colors: White, cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle and tan tricolor (black, tan and white), black and tan, or

Living: The saluki is not typically recommended for apartment living. although the breed tends to be fairly



The appearance of the Saluki is one of total grace and balance. They have an unusual gait when they are at top speed: all four of their legs are in the air at the same time. It has a slim, greyhound-like body with long silky feathering on the ears and tail. There is also a rarer smooth variety with no feathering. The Smooth coat is generally a bit coarser than the feathered variety"s silky coat. The coat comes in black & tan, fawn, white, cream, gold and red, as well as various combinations of these. Salukis with a patch of white in the middle of the forehead are thought by Bedouin tribes to have "the kiss of Allah" and is regarded as special. The head is narrow and well-proportioned, tapering gradually toward the nose. The ears are long and hanging. It has sturdy jaws and large skinny eyes that are either light or dark brown with a sweet, dignified expression. The Saluki"s neck is elegant and flexible. Its body is very elongated, with oblique muscular shoulders. The feet are thickly haired between the toes for protection from rough terrain.


The Saluki tends to be aloof and reserved with strangers. It is extremely devoted to its own family, but it is not particularly demonstrative. The Saluki is very gentle with children, but it may not be playful enough to satisfy most of them. Extremely sensitive, it does not take to rough-and-tumble play or deal well with harsh corrections. Some Salukis can be shy. This breed is very quiet and sedate indoors, seeking out a soft, warm spot. Outside, it runs in great circles at tremendous speeds and will chase any small running animals or fast-moving objects. It may not come when called.


Daily exercise is essential, preferably in the form of free running in a safe, enclosed area. The Saluki"s needs can also be met with long leash walks or jogging. Salukis should sleep inside in all but the warmest climates; they do best as indoor dogs with access to a yard. They can play in snow and cold weather but should not be expected to spend extended time in the cold. The Saluki must have a soft bed, or it could develop callouses. A Saluki in proper weight is naturally thin; however, this breed tends to be a picky eater, which can result in a very thin-looking dog. Many people not familiar with the Saluki wrongly assume that the dog is not being fed properly! The smooth coat needs only occasional brushing to remove dead hair, but the feathered coat needs combing once or twice a week to prevent matting.


This odor-free dog"s coat is easy to groom. Just occasionally brush and comb, especially on the longer-haired parts of the dog. The ears should be checked regularly to make sure they are clean. The Saluki is an average shedder.


Major concerns: none

Minor concerns: none

Occasionally seen: cardiomyopathy

Suggested tests: none

Note: sensitive to anesthesia