Salukis embody grace and speed. They were originally bred for strength and endurance, as made evident by their long, narrow heads and sleek, muscular bodies. Salukis are beautiful, graceful dogs that are affectionate yet reserved. They may not be over demonstrative, but don’t let that fool you; they are full of poise and understated affection for their family. While they are widely admired for their exotic, regal looks and demeanour, these dogs are not meant for everyone. Few people can match the energy levels and exercise requirements of a Saluki. If you prefer running to walking and buzzing about rather than switching channels in front of a TV, the Saluki may be the perfect dog for you.History
Recent genetic evidence confirms the long-held belief that Salukis are amongst the most ancient breeds that continue to exist. Depictions of dogs greatly resembling Salukis appear on Egyptian tombs that date back 4,000 years. There are even older Sumerian carvings that show Saluki-like dogs that date back to 7,000-6,000 BCE. Salukis worked in partnership with falcons to hunt gazelles for Egyptian Pharaohs. Although some Muslims believe dogs to be unclean, Salukis were considered to be gifts from Allah and honoured with the title ‘El Hor’, which means ‘The Noble’. They were often mummified after death and were also the only breed of dog allowed to sleep inside the tents. Salukis were widespread in the Middle East and in Persia, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia and Arabia. Although the first Salukis in Britain were documented in 1840, it wasn’t until after World War I, when several British army officers returned from the Middle East with these dogs, that the breed became established in Great Britain.Unique Aspects
Salukis love to run. They need plenty of exercise and outdoors time, and do not make good apartment dogs. This breed is definitely not a good match for a couch potato. They were bred to hunt, so they have a strong prey drive and will follow their nose or the sight of a smaller moving “prey”, happy to ignore your commands to return. Keeping them on a leash when outdoors is a must. Salukis are reserved dogs. Early socialisation is a great idea if you’d like a well-adjusted dog who isn’t shy or even skittish. They have bony, skinny bodies and it’s important to ensure that they always have soft bedding, to prevent sores. Because they thrive in human company, Salukis cannot be expected to be only outdoor dogs. Bereft of human company, they can easily get depressed. Salukis like to be clean and are very uncomfortable when their coats are dirty. Although, their overall grooming requirements are low to moderate, ensure that they’re always clean. They love the company of other Salukis, but with good early socialisation, they do well with most other animal companions as well. Be especially careful if you live with hamsters or rabbit; Salukis are hunters so they might inadvertently think you’ve given them game to hunt and not other companions!
The Saluki may be one of the most ancient breeds in the world but this marathon star is still to be a star in any of the movies. There might be some Arabic movies and celebrities that have this breed but we cannot say so with any certainty. We hope to add them in this section as soon as we are sure. So keep on watching this space and you will find something common with a celebrity or a movie!
· Not suitable for apartments, because they need free space to run around · Training needs patience, consistency and positive reinforcement · Medicines have to administered at all times because of the sensitivity to anaesthesia
Salukis may have one of two coat types – smooth and feathered. The smooth-coated Saluki will need brushing once a week, while the feathered variety will need combing on the ears, tails, legs and feet and will require more frequent brushing to keep the hair tangle-free. Overall, they are relatively easy to groom and maintain. Keep in mind that they don’t like being dirty, so pay attention to an uncomfortable Saluki; he or she might be asking for a bath! They love being massaged and will never complain if you brush them with a soft brush or a hound mitt. Salukis do not have a distinct doggy odour. Start your Saluki on the grooming regimen from an early age as this will ensure that he or she isn’t uncomfortable with someone touching the feet, mouth or ears at a later stage.
Salukis are relatively healthy dogs, but like all breeds, have certain generic or genetic conditions that you will have to watch out for. Salukis have a remarkably low level of body fat and this often causes them to be sensitive to anaesthesia. This is a common problem in the breed, so any new drug will need to be administered after careful consideration and adequate discussion with your vet. Salukis are also prone to contract hemangiosarcoma, which is a kind of malignant cancer that attacks the lining of the blood vessels and spleen. Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscles, which is quite common in Salukis. Hypothyroidism is an abnormally low level of the hormone produced by the thyroid gland. A mild sign of the condition may be infertility, while more obvious signs include obesity, mental dullness, drooping eyelids, low energy levels and irregular heat cycles in females. This condition is also common to Salukis, and it can be treated with daily, lifelong medication.
Your Saluki is a good pet for your family but you have to remember that they were bred to run and hunt for hares and gazelles, so they will not stop to take commands or direction from humans. This breed will not need validation from humans. If you have other smaller pets in your house then ensure that you socialize them early.
The Salukis are comfortable and good pets provided you give them a free run every day. They do not shed much and do not have a distinct dog odor associated with them. The only issue in their temperament is that they may not be the perfect obedient pet. Training this pet is not difficult but the job is not exactly a breeze as well. It will need its share of persistence.
These pets are good with children but it can be a problem with younger children as they might not know how to approach the dog. Along with this they are not playful enough to satisfy a child. Saluki can come out as a little aloof towards strangers, so if you want a pet that is always excited and comes to greet you and your friends every time then this is not the right breed for you. He or she might come as a little aloof to you but remember that they are extremely devoted to its owners and are loyal. It can get extremely close to one member in the house and if not trained well can develop separation anxiety.Environment
It’s safe to say that Salukis will not do well in apartments without regular outdoor access, or with easy-going people who prefer a quiet day indoors to a nice, long run in the park. They are best suited to live in homes with big fenced-in yards. The fence is important, because their prey instinct can take them a long way away from home, if they’re not monitored. Salukis do well with families that have older children. They also do really well with single owners, since they can very easily become one-person dogs. Watch out for that separation anxiety though! They do not fare well in extremely cold places because of their lean, low-fat bodies and thin coats.Training & Intelligence
Recall! Recall! Recall! Salukis are very intelligent, and eager to please. Training them isn’t too demanding, except for that one little word that constitutes their name. Teach them their name early and work hard to get them to come back to you when you call them, because these hunters can be obstinate about your presence, when there is something to hunt or follow. They are not difficult to housetrain, since they are particular about hygiene themselves. All training, however, should involve positive reinforcement methods. These gentle dogs don’t understand aggression and it will be entirely counter-productive to their training and understanding. Train them to walk on and be comfortable with the leash at an early age, since an off-leash Saluki will travel far without a care for his or her human’s presence. Early socialisation with different people, animals, sights and scents will help Salukis come out of their shells. These shy dogs need to be socialised all their lives, but start early.
Salukis are generally a very healthy breed and there are not many complications attached to its breeding. However, because of their sensitivity to anaesthesia, Saluki mothers might be in trouble, in the event of a C-section. Always consult a vet whilst mating your Saluki and preferably have one by your side during birthing. Salukis attain sexual maturity when they’re anywhere between six to nine months of age, though they are still too young to be mated at this point. With any breed, it is best to consider mating your dogs once he or she is at least two years old. Finally, if you have to mate your dog, make sure you do it responsibly. Find enough families for the potential six to nine puppies that each litter will have, well before the puppies are born. Interview the families and know for sure that the little Salukis are in good hands for the rest of their lives.Puppies
Saluki puppies can be a handful because of their speed. If you’re planning on mating your Saluki, be prepared for six to nine little Salukis zipping about your house at top speed. Never forget that they are an extremely active breed through all their life and even more so when they are puppies. Give them enough space to run and explore. All play must be supervised. Saluki puppies love companionship and don’t do very well when they’re left alone for long periods of time. Housebreak and socialise the puppies at a young age so that they will grow to be well-adjusted adults. Remember to introduce them to a host of people, animals, sights, sounds and smells so that these shy dogs come out of their shells at an early age. Remember that all training for Saluki puppies should involve positive reinforcement with plenty of praise and treats. They are very sensitive dogs and don’t do well when treated harshly. Patience and love are key to raising happy Salukis.
Salukis are graceful and agile dogs. They have lean, shapely bodies that are muscular, with a broad back and deep, narrow chest. The legs are long and fine with well muscled thighs. The feet are moderately long, well arched and well feathered between the toes. The feathered toes assist them in walking long distances on uneven terrain. The head is long and narrow, while the skull is fairly wide between the ears. The eyes are oval shaped and are usually either hazel or dark brown in colour. The nose is either black or liver coloured. The ears are long and covered with silky feather that hang down close to the face. The upper jaw protrudes slightly over the lower jaw. The tail is long and gently curved and feathered, with long hair on the underside. Salukis have short, smooth, silky coats. The entire body can be smooth, but sometimes they can have slight feathering on the legs, the backs of their thighs, the shoulders and the underside of the tail. These dogs come in white, cream, fawn, golden, grizzle and tan, black and tan, and tricolour (white, black and tan). Saluki males are 23 to 28 inches tall and the females are usually significantly shorter. They weigh between 35 to 70 pounds (16 to 31kg).