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.

Saluki breed group


Size of the Saluki

Large. A tall and lean dog that weighs much less than many dog breeds of a similar height.

Country of origin


Time of original development

Antiquity. Although its exact origins are unclear, the Saluki is believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world.

The Saluki through history

A sighthound used for hunting hares, foxes, ibex and gazelles.

Saluki Breed introduction and overview

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.

Saluki temperament

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.

Colour varieties of the Saluki

The Saluki comes in a vast assortment of colours which include:

  • Black & Silver
  • Black & Tan
  • Black & Tan Particolour
  • Black & Tan Tricolour
  • Black & White Particolour
  • Black Fringed Fawn
  • Black Fringed Fawn & White
  • Black Fringed Gold
  • Black Fringed Red
  • Black Fringed Red With White
  • Black Grizzle
  • Black Particolour
  • Chocolate & Tan
  • Chocolate & White Particolour
  • Chocolate Grizzle
  • Cream
  • Cream & White
  • Deer Grizzle
  • Fawn
  • Fawn & White
  • Fawn Grizzle
  • Gold
  • Golden & White Particolour
  • Grizzle & White Particolour
  • Red
  • Red & White
  • Red & White Particolour
  • Red Grizzle
  • Silver Grizzle
  • White

Size and weight of the Saluki

Height bitch 58-71cms

Height dog 58-71cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 18-27kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 18-27kgs

Exercise requirements of the Saluki

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.

Is the Saluki a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. This breed of dog is difficult to train, and is ideally suited to a sympathetic owner with good knowledge of the Saluki.

Saluki coat length

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.

Grooming requirements of the Saluki

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.

Health issues in the Saluki

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:

  • Cancer
  • Eye diseases
  • Sunburn

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.

Average lifespan of the Saluki

A healthy Saluki should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-14 years.

Approximate Saluki pedigree puppy price

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.

Estimating how much a Saluki would need to be fed each day

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.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:
Worming and fleas preparations

  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment