The historians have identified this breed as a distinct one, and dating back to 329 BC when King Alexander invaded India. This proves that Saluki was the oldest domesticated dog breed. Some historical Sumerian carvings that were carved 9000 years back featured the dogs with a Greyhound like figure and fur on their tails, legs and ears, which also support the fact that this breed prevailed in the ancient times. The excavations of Sumerian empire remains from 7000 BC to 6000 BC and Egyptan tombs come up with the mummified bodies of Saluki dogs. This breed was brought to America and was recognised in 1927 by the AKC.
The Saluki dog is well tempered, devoted and friendly but likes to be aloof even if in a family. It does not go crazy by wagging its tail when the owner is home and remains attached to just one person in the family. It does not like a harsh way of disciplining and training it can be a challenging task.
- Activity level: 4/5 (hunter by nature)
- Intelligence level: 3/5 (quick learners)
- Curiosity: 1/5 (dignified)
- Friendliness: 3/5 (friendly)
- Vocal: 2/5 (barks only when required)
Even though Saluki dog has a fragile body structure that looks graceful, it is a hunter with great strength and endurance that allows it to chase its prey for quite a distance and on rough terrains. The dog is found in an array of coat shades like tan, white, black, red, golden, cream, tricolor, fawn and grizzle.
- Fur: The coat on this dog can appear as coated or as smooth with soft silky fur on its legs, ears and tail.
- Eyes: The large and oval shaped eyes have eye color that ranges from dark hazel to light hazel shade.
- Body structure: The overall body structure of this breed with a narrow looking head, black colored nose, long ears, straight and long legs offers it a symmetrical look.
- Facial features: It has a deep and dignified facial expression which conveys its gentle, faithful and loyal qualities.
- Weight: The body weight of an adult male Saluki is 45 to 65 pounds while the female dog weighs between 35 pounds to 55 pounds.
In spite of being a healthy dog generally, Saluki has some common health conditions such as sensitivity to anaesthesia owing to low levels of body fat and sun burns owing to its long tapered nose. Some dogs might be prone to genetical conditions like progressive retinal atrophy, corneal dystrophy, vonWillebrands disease and Hemangiosarcoma.
In spite of having long silky coat, Saluki requires full brushing only once in a week as it sheds very less making it couch friendly. The eyes, feet and ears need to be inspected once a week and it needs an occasional bath. It requires long walks twice a day and should never be unleashed in areas that are not fenced. This dog is a picky eater and hence you need to feed limited portion of nutritious dog food twice a day.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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