Saluki - Facts You Must Know Before Adopting Saluki

  • 15/01/2011

Breed Description

The limber and graceful Saluki is commonly seen as a canine of long proportions. With long and flexible neck, these dogs have dignified appearance, and elongated but muscular body. This elegant breed of svelte build grows between 23-28 inches in height, and weighs around 29-66 pounds.


The Saluki has a smooth and silky coat, with the hair on their ears, back of their legs, and tail should be feathery and longer. They come in cream, gold, red, white, black, tan, or any combination of these.


The Saluki doesn't only need a routine exercise, but also require regular chances to run off-leash. They also require an access to a large securely fenced area where they can exercise themselves freely. It is important to have these highly fenced as they are known to take off chasing after anything that runs. These dogs will also need a soft place to lounge in, such as a thick dog bed, couch, or a pillow since hard ground may damage their skin, joints, and coat.


The extremely agile and speedy Saluki is very dignified and usually aloof in nature. These highly independent dogs tend to be manipulative. Meaning, they will require a confident and assertive owner with some experience in dog handling and ownership. These dogs must never be left isolated in unsecured places as they can jump high and run fast. Although this breed will not be tailing their masters everywhere, they are still loyal, and will demonstrate affection in his way.

The Saluki gets along well with older children that are gentle as this breed will not tolerate being handled roughly. These dogs generally accept other dogs, but they should never be trusted around smaller animals, though, as they have high prey drive. Quite a challenge to train, owners are advised to stay focused on correcting this breed verbally due to their sensitive nature.


A graceful sight hound, the Saluki has been bred to chase small prey. The instinct of this breed to course causes him to be an extremely agile, and would therefore require a lot of space with highly fenced security.


The Saluki's glossy coat is relatively easy to care for. They would require occasional brushing and combing especially on the feathered parts. Ears should be regularly checked and cleaned. In some cases, they may skip meals, and although they generally eat small portions, it is important to report any loss of appetite if lasting for more than 2 days.


The inquisitive and mischievous Saluki can be difficult to train. These independent dogs do not care about pleasing their masters. Interesting training with patience and consistency are the key. It will usually take about 4-6 months of constant crate training to see results.


With a mind of its own, the Saluki's are peaceful and graceful. These dogs are wary towards strangers, with a strong hunting instinct.

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