SalukiThe Saluki is also known as: Gazelle Hound, Persian Greyhound
|Group classification: Hound||Country of origin: Middle East||Date of origin: Antiquity|
|Weight (M): 45 - 65 lb||Height (M): 23 - 28"||Life expectancy: 12 - 14 years|
|Weight (F): 35 - 55 lb||Height (F): 18 - 26"|
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General Description of the Saluki
The Saluki is a fast and agile hound with remarkably good eyesight. Like greyhounds, they’re built to run: the body is sleek and narrow with a deep chest and long, graceful legs. The dog has a long and thin face, with a slightly wide skull between long ears. The hair is smooth and short on most of the body; the feathered variety has silky feathering on the ears, tail and legs. The eyes are bright, oval shaped and large, without being too prominent. Females are noticeably smaller than males. Salukis come in many colors, including white, tan, fawn, cream, red, golden, black and tan, grizzle and tan or tri-colored (black, white and tan).
Salukis are clever and highly spirited, and are often been described as having “cat-like” personalities, which means they have little patience for rough treatment or training. They are very fond of human companionship, but it is important that their needs are met and that they are treated with respect. The Saluki is moderately fond of other dogs and pets, but it does not take well to strangers. Their hunting skills are extremely strong and they will run after just about anything fuzzy that moves. It is not unheard of for the Saluki to kill what it catches.
Caring for a Saluki
Salukis are happiest when offered varied physical and mental challenges throughout their lives. Giving a Saluki plenty of room to run is essential. They are not to be trusted off leash in unsafe areas, as they can be difficult to catch if they run away. If your Saluki has access to a yard, it is necessary to have a fence more than five feet high, since this dog can easily jump over anything shorter. Training can sometimes be difficult with this breed; Salukis are intelligent, but require a lot of patience and positive reinforcement. Training is considerably easier when the desired activity mimics their hunting instincts. Salukis are best suited to warm climates and it is important they have plenty of soft surfaces to lie down on, since they are lean and thin-skinned. The smooth coated Saluki needs only occasional brushing, while the feathered Saluki needs biweekly brushing. A typically healthy hound, the Saluki’s health risks are generally limited to hemangiosarcoma and cardiomyopathy.
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