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Saluki Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Saluki so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginFertile Crescent flagFertile Crescent
Other Names
What other names does the Saluki have?
Persian GreyhoundGazelle Hound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?

Saluki Size and Weight

Is a Saluki small, medium or large dog?

How big do Saluki get?

What is the average size of a Saluki?

How much does the Saluki weigh? How much should a Saluki weight? What is the normal weight of a Saluki? How much does a full-grown Saluki weight?
29 - 66 pounds (13 - 30 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Saluki?
29 - 66 pounds (13 - 30 kg)
How tall is the Saluki? Saluki height:
23 - 28 inches (58 - 71cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Saluki?
23 - 28 inches (58 - 71cm)

Saluki Price and Availability

How much does the Saluki puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Saluki in the United States? How much money is a Saluki?

Where to buy a Saluki with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Saluki, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Saluki for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Saluki gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Saluki? How many Saluki are there in the world?
Frequent: The Saluki is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Saluki Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Saluki? Is the Saluki breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Saluki ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Saluki dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Saluki?
Saluki dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Watchdog Ability
Is Saluki good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Saluki dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Saluki dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Saluki dogs can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out of the duty of protecting your valuables and property.

Saluki Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Saluki have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Saluki sensitivity:
Sensitive: Saluki dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Saluki a good family dog?
Average: Saluki dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Persian Greyhound need? Saluki social needs:
Saluki dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Saluki to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Saluki roam?
Saluki dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Saluki have high prey drive?
Saluki dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Saluki dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.

Saluki Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
Average: Salukis, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Do Saluki dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Persian Greyhound bark?
Low to Average: The Saluki rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Apartment Friendly
Is Saluki good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Saluki in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Saluki breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.

Saluki Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Saluki dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Saluki be left alone? How long can you leave a Saluki alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Saluki Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Saluki has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Saluki? How much bite force does a Saluki have? How strong is a Saluki bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Saluki bite force: Ordinary. Bite force Saluki measurements typically fall within the range of 200 to 400 PSI. The bite force of a Saluki is considered ordinary when compared to other dog breeds, but it is still quite powerful. This Saluki bite force PSI can cause bite wounds. Saluki bite PSI is not something that should be feared if the dog is well-trained and managed. To avoid any issues, it's essential to learn how to train a Saluki puppy not to bite from an early age.

The Saluki, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

In conclusion, while the Saluki bite force is certainly an interesting aspect of the breed, it is important not to let it overshadow the many other reasons why these dogs are so loved and respected. With proper training and socialization, a Saluki can be a loyal and protective companion for your family.

Biting Potential
Do Saluki bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Persian Greyhound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Saluki? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Saluki has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Saluki do?
Saluki dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Saluki dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Saluki Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Saluki dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Saluki is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Saluki breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Saluki see the vet?
The Saluki should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Saluki dogs live? How old can a Saluki be? What is the age limit of the Saluki? How many years can the oldest Saluki live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Saluki?

How long is the lifespan of a Saluki?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Saluki: 13 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.

Saluki Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Saluki have? What is the activity level of the Saluki?
Saluki dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Saluki need? How much exercise do Saluki dogs require per day?

Do Saluki dogs need a lot of exercises?

Saluki dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Saluki breed need?
Saluki dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.

Saluki Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Saluki need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Saluki breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Saluki? How much food should I feed my Saluki?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Saluki risk for obesity:
Low: The Saluki has good luck with genetics. This breed doesn't need to worry about obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Saluki weight regularly.

Saluki Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Saluki have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Saluki coats?
BlackTan Red Cream White SilverFawn Golden Chocolate
How to groom the Saluki and how often? How often should I take my Saluki to the groomer?
Effortless: The Saluki requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Saluki is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Saluki dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Persian Greyhound? Do Saluki dogs shed a lot?
Saluki dogs shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Saluki dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Saluki need a bath? How often should you give a Saluki a bath? Can I bathe my Saluki every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Is the Saluki breed hypoallergenic?
Saluki dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Saluki has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Saluki drool?
The Saluki is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Saluki could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Saluki.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Saluki Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Saluki dogs get along with other pets? Are Saluki dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Saluki dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Saluki temperament with other people:
Saluki dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Saluki dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Saluki temperament with children:
Saluki dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Saluki dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Saluki breed live with a cat?
Saluki dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Saluki good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Saluki dogs get along with other dogs?
Saluki dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Saluki breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Saluki breed suitable for first-time owners?
Saluki dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Saluki dogs good office canines? Do Saluki dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Saluki is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Saluki dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Persian Greyhound temperament with senior people? Are Saluki dogs good for elderly owners?
Salukis are usually recommended for elderly people.

Saluki As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Saluki be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Saluki is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Saluki be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Saluki be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Saluki is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Saluki be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Saluki is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Saluki be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Saluki is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Saluki be a boat dog?

Not really

Saluki breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Saluki be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Saluki is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Saluki dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Saluki Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Saluki pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Saluki breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Saluki: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Saluki have in a litter? How many puppies can the Saluki breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Saluki have? How many puppies can a Saluki give birth to?
4-8 puppies

Saluki Recognition

AKC Group
Is Saluki recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1929 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Saluki recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds section.

Saluki Pros and Cons

  • Trainability: Saluki dogs are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Saluki breed.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Saluki requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Saluki dogs shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Saluki is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Saluki has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low: The Saluki has good luck with genetics.
  • Adaptability: Saluki dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Saluki dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Salukis are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Saluki dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Hypoallergenic: Saluki dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Mouthiness: Saluki dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Saluki dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Saluki dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Saluki is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Saluki History

The Saluki, in the past also known as the Persian Greyhound or the Gazelle hound, is considered to be one of the most ancient of breeds and also the oldest purebred in the world. According to experts recent genetic evidence confirms this to be the case as well. Scientists calculated that the Salukis and other ancient breeds descend from the first dogs and made their way through the world with their nomadic owners. Descriptions of dogs who looked like Saluskis, with a Greyhound-like body and feathering on the ears, tail, and legs, appeared on Egyptian tombs dating back to 2100 B.C. over 4000 years ago. Evidence was also recovered from the Sumerian Empire 7000 B.C., cravings of dogs identical to the modern Saluki. Moreover, even more, evidence was found in Egypt, that Pharaohs hunted with Salukis partnered with falcons, the same exact hound appearing on the Egyptian tombs of 2100 B.C. The dogs were often mummified after death as they were honored. The remains of dogs have been found in the tombs of the upper Nile.

Some cynologists believe that there are Biblical references to the breed, and some interpret that the Koran has described them as sacred gifts from Allah. People confirmed that it is true that Salukis were regarded as “clean” by Muslims for centuries. They were allowed to touch them and let the dogs live in their homes, including women’s quarters. Tradition held that one never sold a Saluki, but the breed was only gifted to very special persons in exchange for wives, horses, or camels. Some people believe that the breed may take its name from the ancient city of Saluk, in Yemen, others believe that the name is the translation of the Arabic word for the hound.

Salukis were very widespread in the Middle East and could be found in Persia, Syria, Palestine, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, and Arabia. Nomadic people and the tribes that developed this breed took their Salukis with them from the Sahara to the Caspian Sea. Local weather and terrain led to several natural variations in the breed’s coat, size, and type so Salukis that was eventually imported to Europe came from many different old original types. The first documented case of the breed arriving in Britain was in 1840, but it wasn’t until after World War I when many British officers returned with dogs from the Middle East that the breed became established in Great Britain. At the time they were known as Persian Greyhound, though some circles called them Gazelle Hound. The breed especially got more notice when Lady Florence Amherst imported a pair of Arabian Salukis from the kennels of Prince Abdulla in Transjordania to Norfolk, England in 1895. The same year that the Kennel Club of England recognized the Saluki and adopted the first breed standard, the Saluki/Gazelle Hound Club of England was formed, in 1923. Interest in the breed was slower to take hold in the United States. Four years later the Saluki Club of America was formed, and the American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed as a member of the Hound Group. The first Saluki registered by the AKC was Jinniyat of Gerevel in 1929. Today the Saluki is a rare treasure ranking 116th among the 155 breeds recognized by the AKC. Overall they are excellent dogs, they rely on their eyesight, rather than their noses, to find the prey, and then they use their speed for the chase and capture. However, because they are too fast for humans to keep up with, they work alone which has given them an independent personality.

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