Saluki

The Saluki is a magnificently beautiful beast! They stand tall and dignified, their narrow and long heads enhanced by feathered ears and delicate, silky fur. The Saluki moves with grace, their feathered tail flowing in the wind behind them.

Other Names
gaze hound, gazelle hound, slugi, shami, tazi
Country of Origin
Arabia
Colour
Comes in all colours and combination of colours apart from brindle. It is perhaps most well known as a striking blonde though!
Size
Large
Height / Weight
Height 58 -71cm, bitches being proportionately smaller.
Health
The Saluki can unfortunately suffer from illness affecting the skin and digestive system when anxious and it is very important for their health that they have a strong companion and feel secure in your love. They have also been known to have some sensitivity to anaesthetics. This delicate dog can also be prone to calluses, preventable by having plenty of soft bedding available but your Saluki will probably enjoy your bed best!
Life Span
12-14 years
Intelligence
The Saluki is a very intelligent but also highly self assured canine who sometimes seems to take great pleasure from pushing your buttons. They still have the hunt in their blood and when on the trail of rabbit will frequently ignore your commands! The Saluki seems to know it's own speed and delights at the sight of you chasing behind them knowing you are unable to catch them. This is not a dog for the feint hearted and their beauty comes at a price!
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

The Saluki can be a fussy and precocious animal when it comes to food. Only the best will be good enough and unlike their dainty appearance suggests they prefer to eat straight from the ground. The Saluki tends to watch their figure and will only eat as much as they require, nothing more, nothing less.

Feeding Cost
$15-$20 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
The Saluki is a graceful and elegant runner and will enjoy a chance to run free. Limit exercise as a puppy to avoid joint injuries. When your Saluki is over a year old you can gradually increase their exercise to 5-8 kms a day.
Ailments
The Saluki can unfortunately suffer from illness affecting the skin and digestive system when anxious and it is very important for their health that they have a strong companion and feel secure in your love. They have also been known to have some sensitivity to anaesthetics. This delicate dog can also be prone to calluses, preventable by having plenty of soft bedding available but your Saluki will probably enjoy your bed best!
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

This breed requires a daily soft bristle brushing and a comb through their feathering daily to look their most glamorous!

Grooming Frequency
Daily
Trimming
Little
An ancient sighthound, the Saluki has even been recorded on a stamp seal from Tepe Gawra all the way back from 2000 - 3000 BC. We aren't quite sure what the origins of this beautiful canine is, but they have been depicted through out many countries in the Middle East, including Syria, Kurdistan, Persia, Northern Africa and Egypt and are believed to bear some relation to the desert wolf who was known for their sleek figure and speed. The Saluki has been greatly prized in Bedouin Culture and was considered a gift from Allah who were never sold, only given to mark respect or friendship. The Saluki has also been prized for their skills as a hunter, having been used to hunt hair and gazelle, the quickest of foes. The Saluki was finally recognised in 1923 though was introduced to Britain in the late 1800s.


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