- AKC, CKC, UKC
- 23" - 28"
- 40-60 lbs.
- 14 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
Saluqi, Persian greyhound
The Saluki originated in the Middle East.
Date Of Origin
This breed developed thousands of years ago. It is believed that the Saluki is the oldest dog to have been selectively bred. There are carvings of this dog from the Sumerian empire that date back to over 7,000 B.C.
The saluki is an ancient breed that descends from a hound that is believed to have existed in the sixth century B.C. Mesopotamia. A skeleton of a similar hound was found in North Syria, dating to about 2,500 B.C. The saluki was bred by tribes people for hunting game such as gazelle and hare. It continues to be used for this purpose in the Middle East, but is primarily a companion in the U.S.
The saluki is a medium to large dog that is slender, muscular, and elegant. It has a long narrow head; dark eyes; a black or liver nose; and long drop ears. It is deep chested with a long curved tail. It has a smooth, silky coat with feathering at the ears, tail, legs and thighs. There is also a smooth coat variety with no feathering. It can be any color with or without white.
The saluki is an intelligent, alert dog that can be sensitive. It loves to run but is calm and mild mannered in the home. It is affectionate with the family and thrives on human companionship.
A hunter of gazelle in its native Persia, it is today, esteemed as a watchdog (it has excellent hearing) and as a clean, pleasant, and serene companion dog.
Ehrlichiosis, epilepsy, hemangiosarcoma, hypothyroidism, sensitive to anesthesia.
The saluki does well with and active family, somewhere it can run daily.
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Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007
Author: Liz Palika
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Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein
Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs
Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980
Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler
The New Encyclopedia of the Dog
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000
Author: Bruce Fogle