The Saluki

Quick Facts

- Best for experienced owners
- Best with older children
- Good with other dogs
- Medium-large size
- Medium exercise needs
- Medium shedding
- Medium guard dog abilities
- Low ease of training

High strung and sensitive, the Saluki has a similar temperament to may of the other sighthound breeds. The Saluki is best suited for an experienced owner, one that knows how to be a solid pack leader with never being harsh or aggressive. Training a Saluki can take time and patience. Training should start early and never include any jerking around or yelling, positive reward focused training works best. The Saluki can be skittish and nervous, and needs early and thorough socialization and training to help them be calm confident adults.

With their family and very close friends, the Saluki is a loving and dedicated breed, but is not extremely demonstrative. They are aloof with those they do not know well, and suspicious of strangers. Unlike many of the other sight hounds who are far too sweet natured and gentle to be considered a good guard dog, the Saluki has a courageous protective side and make a fine home and family guardian.

The Saluki is a fine dog for the city dweller as they do not require a large amount of daily exercise, and are usually quiet and mellow inside. An hour or so of daily exercise, preferably with some running, is usually more than enough to keep a Saluki happy and fit. Due to their sighthound heritage, they are chasers by nature, so care should always be taken when allowing them off lead. They may see something they perceive as prey and be off in pursuit before you know it. When full grown, they make excellent jogging and bicycling companions and most enjoy the sport of lure coursing very much. They also often enjoy obedience and agility trials, conformation shows, scent hurdles and flyball competitions. They tend to bore easily, and when not exercised adequately and left alone too much, they can become prone to running off and trouble making.

The Saluki breed tends to be a bit quick tempered and high strung, and is therefore not the best for homes with young rambunctious children. They prefer a quieter environment and do best in an all adult home. Most do well with other dogs, and some can do well with cats they have been raised with. However, due to their natural hunting instincts they should be watched around small animals, like pet rodents and rabbits. A few highly instinctive Salukis can be dangerous with cats and even small dogs, particularly outside when they see them running.

Appearance and Grooming:
The Saluki is a tall slender dignified breed. They measure 23-28 inches at their withers and weigh between 40-60 pounds when full grown. The Saluki comes in two coat varieties- smooth and feathered. Both coat types come in white, cream, fawn, red or black and tan. The feathered variety has a short coat with silky long hair on their ears, tail and legs. Their grooming needs are easily met with a quick brushing twice a week. They are average shedders.

The Saluki breed is not given to the numerous hereditary health problems that many other breeds suffer from. Their major issues are cancer and eye disease. Due to their sensitive nature, they do not take well to stress and may suffer from skin allergies and stomach upsets if their household suddenly changes. Like all sighthounds, they are sensitive to medications and drugs, and should never be given them outside an emergency.


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