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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
Other Names
What other names does the Saluki have? The dog breed also known as...
Gazelle Hound, Persian Greyhound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
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.
How much does the Saluki puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Saluki price:
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.

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.

Saluki General Appearance

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Saluki size:
How much does the Saluki weigh? Saluki weight:
29 - 66 pounds (13 - 30 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Saluki? Saluki average weight:
29 - 66 pounds (13 - 30 kg)
How tall is the Saluki? Saluki height:
23 - 28 inches (58 - 71cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Saluki average height:
23 - 28 inches (58 - 71cm)

Saluki Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Saluki have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Saluki's coat?
How to groom the Saluki and how often?
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 Gazelle Hound? Saluki shedding level:
Salukis shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Saluki dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Saluki Characteristics

What kind of personality does the Saluki have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Saluki? Are they intelligent?
Average: Saluki's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Are Saluki dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Salukis are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
Salukis, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Saluki sensitivity:
Salukis don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Salukis are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Gazelle Hound need? Saluki social needs:
Salukis 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.
Do Saluki dogs bark a lot? 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.
Watchdog Ability
Is Saluki good as a watchdog?
Salukis are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Do Saluki dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Salukis can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out from the duty of protection your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Saluki bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Gazelle Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Saluki? Why do dog bites happen?
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?
Salukis have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Salukis need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Saluki to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Saluki roam?
Salukis 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?
Salukis 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.
Apartment Friendly
Is Saluki good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Salukis are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Salukis 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
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Saluki dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Saluki Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Salukis are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Saluki dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Saluki and children:
Salukis 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?
Salukis 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? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Salukis are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Salukis good office dogs? Do Salukis make good office friendly dogs? Can Salukis 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 Gazelle Hound temperament with senior people? Are Saluki dogs good for elderly owners?
Salukis are usually recommended for elderly people.
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?
Salukis usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Saluki breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Salukis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Saluki be a service dog?
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?
Not really
This breed 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 to 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
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
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Saluki is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat 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.
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.

Saluki Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Saluki dogs have health problems?
The Saluki is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Saluki dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Saluki be?
12-14 years
Is the Saluki breed hypoallergenic?
Salukis don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the 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.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Saluki have?
Salukis are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Saluki dogs require per day?
Salukis have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Salukis don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Saluki need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
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 change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Saluki's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
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 for 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 minimal 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 Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
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 bitch 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 bitch’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.
How often can the Saluki have a litter? 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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Saluki Pros & Cons

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

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