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Saluki History

The Saluki is a medium-sized, long-legged sighthound, developed in the Middle East as a long-distance runner. The modern English name for the breed comes from the Arabic word صلوي / sala’ūk /, which means “noble”. The Saluki is a muscular, slender, graceful hound, with a marked preference for speed over endurance. The head is wedge shaped and has a small, black nose. The eyes are large, and the ears are thin and wide. The ears are semi-erect, with the tips of the ears folded forward. The neck is long and arched, and the back is straight and level. The tail is docked, but may be left undocked upon request. The legs are long and slender, with oval-shaped feet. The coat is short and dense, of any color, and the fur on the body is slightly longer and softer than that on the legs. The Saluki usually reaches 1.8 m (6 ft) in mature height and weighs 23–32 kg (50–70 lb), with males being larger than females. The coat is usually white, fawn, red, or cream, with or without dark markings on the head, belly, or bottom of the legs. White, with brindling (dark spots on a white background), or roan (black patches on a white background), with or without tan points, are the more common

Time of Origin

2100 BC

Country of Origin

Middle East



Saluki Physical Characteristics

The Saluki is a small breed of sighthound that is indigenous to the Middle East, where it is one of the oldest breeds. They have long, thin legs and a slender, elongated torso. They have large, expressive eyes that are either blue or hazel. They have a wide, broad muzzle and a deep, wide chest. Their tail is docked or left natural. They have a thin, long, silky coat in a variety of colors and patterns. The Saluki is a graceful, athletic breed.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 23 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 23 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 45 – 65 lbs

Female Weight Range: 35 – 45 lbs

Saluki Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Saluki Health Concerns

Heart Problems, Cancer, Allergies, Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy

Saluki Temperament and Behaviour

The Saluki is a sensitive, graceful, and dignified breed of hound. They are bred for speed and endurance, and were once prized by desert dwellers for their ability to hunt. They are generally quiet and calm, but are also very independent and headstrong. They are ideal companions for experienced dog owners, as they are easily distracted by the presence of other, stronger animals.

Saluki Activity Requirements

The saluki is an ancient Middle Eastern sighthound that is revered for its intelligence and speed. These elegant, tall hounds were originally used for hunting gazelles and other small game. Salukis were bred for speed and endurance, and they need regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight. These intelligent, sensitive hounds often become destructive if they are bored or lonely. Exercise is important for the saluki, but it should be regular and at a slower pace than some other breeds. A brisk 20-30 minute walk or jog a few times a week is ideal for this athletic, graceful dog.

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Activity Per Day


Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Saluki is part of the Hound group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Saluki is part of the Hound group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Saluki is part of the Hound group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Saluki is part of the Hound group.

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