The Saluki is a striking sighthound that originates from Egypt. It is a tall, lithe long-limbed dog with a short, glossy coat with longer silky featherings on the ears and tail. The elegant Saluki is extremely athletic and a magnificent sight to see in full-flight, sadly this graceful dog is notoriously difficult to train.
Large. A tall and lean dog that weighs much less than many dog breeds of a similar height.
Antiquity. Although its exact origins are unclear, the Saluki is believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world.
A sighthound used for hunting hares, foxes, ibex and gazelles.
The Saluki is a striking dog with long, lithe legs and comes in a multitude of colours and pattern markings. It only arrived in the U.K. in 1840, but was not recognised as a breed here until 1923.
The beautiful Saluki sadly is not an ideal dog for most dog owners. It can be very difficult to train, and be quite destructive around the home if left for periods of time. The Saluki is also known as the Royal Dog of Egypt or the Persian Greyhound.
The breed is generally placid, quiet and affectionate around the home with family members. It can be reserved and aloof with strangers.
It mixes well with other dogs, rarely showing any signs of agression. They tend to enjoy the company of children, but may not appreciate too much boisterous behaviour and noise, so more suited to families with older children. Early socialisation is essential. Cats and other small pets are not normally compatible with the saluki due to its strong hunting instinct.
The Saluki comes in a vast assortment of colours which include:
Height bitch 58-71cms
Height dog 58-71cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 18-27kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 18-27kgs
The Saluki is an energetic and athletic breed with impressive levels of stamina. It requires at least 2 hours of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. Lack of physical and mental stimulation can quickly result in unwanted and destructive behaviour such as separation anxiety.
Around the home, it's important to have a sufficient area for exercise, and to ensure your garden is well secured and escape proof.
No. This breed of dog is difficult to train, and is ideally suited to a sympathetic owner with good knowledge of the Saluki.
Short and silky fur on the body, with longer silky feathers on the ears and tail. The Saluki is prone to sunburn, which often affects the long, tapered nose of the breed. Care should be taken against too much exposure to the sun.
Low. The short coat requires minimal grooming attention, but the ears and tail feather need daily combing or brushing with a soft slicker brush to prevent matting.
Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infections and foreign bodies.
No. The Saluki sheds fur steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.
The Saluki is a healthy dog, with few inherited health problems, but owners should talk to their breeder about the following health issues that have been recorded in the breed:
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.
A healthy Saluki should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-14 years.
Expect to pay from around £400 upwards for a puppy, and litters are not often available. In fact, only 139 puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 5-7 puppies in a litter.
A bitch weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food daily.
A dog weighing 25kgs requires 330gms of complete dry food daily.
The weekly cost of feeding a 20kgs bitch is around £7.00
The weekly cost of feeding a 25kgs dog is around £8.00
Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the hound group.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:
Worming and fleas preparations