Salukis come in a variety of coat colors.
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 10 Section 1 #269
||Group 4 (Hounds)
||Group 2 - Hounds
||Sighthounds & Pariahs
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Saluki is
dog that is a member
sighthound family, that is, hounds that hunt by sight rather than scent. The
Saluki is one of the oldest
known, and originally came from the
East, where it was used (and is still used to some extent) by the
hunting hare and
Modern Salukis retain the qualities of hunting hounds. They may appear
reserved and uninterested. They learn quickly but can get bored with repetition,
so training sessions should be short and varied. Salukis need regular exercise,
but behave quietly indoors. They do not bark much but "sing" when they feel that
something is wrong or when a member of the family is away for a long period of
time. They get along well with children, but must be respected when they want to
be left alone and rest. Salukis have a fairly long life span, living an average
of 12-13 years.
A pair of Saluki puppies
analysis confirms the breed as one of the fourteen most
ancient dog breeds.
Saluki hounds often hunted in groups and killed the hunted animal. Arabs
valued their Salukis highly and wanted them to be beautiful and to possess
hunting qualities. Salukis slept with their owners in their tents to be
protected from the heat of the day and the cold of the night. They were not
allowed to mate with other breeds.
As is the case with some other pedigree breeds in the
United States, including the
Portuguese Podengo, the current population of Salukis is descended from a
small number of founders introduced into the country within the last 100 years,
and must be carefully mated to avoid inbreeding.
The Saluki is used as the mascot for the
Southern Illinois University Carbondale sports teams.
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