Height: 21-28 inches
Weight: 40-60 lbs.
Life Span: 12-14 yrs.
Breed Group: Sight Hounds
Salukis, superb sight hounds, are quiet, gentle dogs that exhibit a catlike
aloofness. They are not demonstrative or playful, but if they are left alone
for long periods without human companionship they will become destructive.
Often reserved and timid with strangers, they are usually tolerant of children
over eight years old who are gentle, but they should not be left unsupervised
with younger children. Their great speed and endurance can get them into
trouble if allowed off-leash in unsecured areas, as they may not be able
to resist chasing cats or other small animals (unless raised with them from
an early age). They do get along with other dogs.
Salukis do best in suburban or country settings. City noise and activity
may make these sensitive dogs nervous.
There are two varieties of salukis: one has slight feathering on the legs,
backs of the thighs, and ears; the other has no feathering. The coat on
both is smooth, soft, and silky and comes in white, cream, fawn, golden,
red, grizzle, tan, tricolor (white, black, and tan), or black and tan.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Salukis should be brushed once a week. They require a lot of daily exercise,
either running in large, secured areas or on a leash elsewhere.
The saluki was used to hunt gazelles in ancient Egypt over 5,000 years ago
and may be the oldest breed known to humans.
The saluki is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners or for city or apartment
Breed-related health concerns: progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club