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Saluki Facts

  • Group
  • Hound
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 23" - 28"
  • Weight
  • 40-60 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

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.

Health Concerns

Ehrlichiosis, epilepsy, hemangiosarcoma, hypothyroidism, sensitive to anesthesia.

Additional Information

The saluki does well with and active family, somewhere it can run daily.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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