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Saluki

Saluki

A Loving Dog

Fast, Gentle, Shy

Salukis are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Saluki, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Saluki and some can be quite irritating! 

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where Saluki came from, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:23-28" Weight:35-65 lbs Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
2

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Salukis are not recommended for apartment living or homes with small children or small pets. They are athletic dogs that excel at dog sports like agility and lure coursing. They also have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must.

Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Salukis often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Salukis are intelligent, graceful, and sensitive. With early socialization and a calm and confident owner, she makes an excellent companion.

Positive Traits:

• Loving and loyal to her owners

• Quiet—not much of a barker

• Agile, sturdy, and muscular

• Even temper and gentle disposition

• Devoted, loyal, and protective

• Protective of family: good watch dog

Negative Traits:

• Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

• Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

• Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children

• Not easily trained

• Standoffish toward strangers

Whether you are considering adding a new Saluki to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Saluki will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Saluki you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert. 

Some health issues a Saluki could encounter:

Anesthesia

Heart Disease

Cancer

Bleeding Tumor

Lymphoma

Bone Cancer

The Saluki is an ancient breed, one of the oldest known domesticated dogs. They originated in the Middle East and were bred to hunt gazelle, hare, and fox. Salukis are part of the sighthound family and are known for their speed, strength, and endurance. 

Salukis are fastidiously clean and tend not to shed. They are a sensitive breed and display a quiet affection, often bonding with one family member. Salukis are hardy and able to tolerate temperature extremes but they prefer to stay indoors with the family. The Saluki is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Saluki shows signs of the following:

• Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest

• Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest

• Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

• Any new or changing lumps or bumps

• Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse

• Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss

• Lameness with or without swelling

• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

• Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

• Cloudiness to eye lens

• Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

• Let stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or "bunny hopping"

• Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

• Gums that are a color other than bright pink

  • Care

    Routine Care: Salukis are not recommended for apartment living or homes with small children or small pets. They are athletic dogs that excel at dog sports like agility and lure coursing. They also have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must.

    Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Salukis often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Salukis are intelligent, graceful, and sensitive. With early socialization and a calm and confident owner, she makes an excellent companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Loving and loyal to her owners

    • Quiet—not much of a barker

    • Agile, sturdy, and muscular

    • Even temper and gentle disposition

    • Devoted, loyal, and protective

    • Protective of family: good watch dog

    Negative Traits:

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

    • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

    • Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children

    • Not easily trained

    • Standoffish toward strangers

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Saluki to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Saluki will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Saluki you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert. 

    Some health issues a Saluki could encounter:

    Anesthesia

    Heart Disease

    Cancer

    Bleeding Tumor

    Lymphoma

    Bone Cancer

  • History

    The Saluki is an ancient breed, one of the oldest known domesticated dogs. They originated in the Middle East and were bred to hunt gazelle, hare, and fox. Salukis are part of the sighthound family and are known for their speed, strength, and endurance. 

    Salukis are fastidiously clean and tend not to shed. They are a sensitive breed and display a quiet affection, often bonding with one family member. Salukis are hardy and able to tolerate temperature extremes but they prefer to stay indoors with the family. The Saluki is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Saluki shows signs of the following:

    • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest

    • Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest

    • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

    • Any new or changing lumps or bumps

    • Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse

    • Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss

    • Lameness with or without swelling

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

    • Let stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or "bunny hopping"

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

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