The Saluki Dog Breed

  • 23/11/2010
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The saluki dog breed has been around since the time of Abraham and mosses, and in the bible the word dog specifically refers to the saluki dog breed. The Egyptians used salukis as hunting dogs. These dogs look extremely similar to greyhounds, but they have a thicker coat and are more muscular. These dogs love to run in open fields, and were bred to run three to four miles in a given day, and they can reach speeds up to 30 miles an hour. These dogs are skinny and were bred to be more aero dynamic for minimal wind resistance. These dogs are known to have a large chest, which houses a large heart that pumps blood more efficiently when the dogs are on an endurance run. Salukis are more reliant on their eyes, in contrast to their noses therefore these dogs are referred to as sight hounds. One of the negative drawbacks of sight hounds is that they will chase anything that runs. However, it's only natural that they give chase as their instinct tells them to do so.

Salukis should always be kept on a leash in the city and urban areas, as they can become quite excited and or become skittish easily. Salukis are really great jumper and are known to jump up from six foot high fences; therefore one should make sure they have a large fence in the backyard, before getting a saluki. Salukis demand a lot of attention and love, and one should spend a decent amount of time with a saluki to avoid behavioral problems. Salukis are really hard to train and therefore, extra attention should be allocated for training a saluki. The saluki is known to have good health overall, however, they are more sensitive to anesthesia when compared to other dogs.

Overall; the Saluki has good health, which is always a plus. However, the saluki demands attention and care and one has to dedicate a lot of time and money for training a saluki, as they are extremely hard to train. Moreover, this dog needs lots of exercise and needs to run every day, for one or two hours. Therefore, if you are an active person with a lot of time on your hand and patience, then you should consider adopting this breed. The saluki is not recommended for elderly and inactive people as it can become a huge annoyance and a burden to take care of.

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