4: Hounds, sight hound
hare and gazelles
loyal, affectionate and, because of its keen sense of hearing,
makes a good watchdog.
for: Active people & families.
Can jump high fences.
12 - 15 yrs
White, Fawn, Cream, Red, Grizzle, Tri-colour, Black/Tan
Feathered- Straight with feathering.
Smooth- Short with no feathering.
Appearance: The whole appearance of this breed
should give an impression of grace and symmetry and of great speed
and endurance coupled with strength and activity to enable it to
kill gazelle or other quarry over deep sand or rocky mountain. The
expression should be dignified and gentle with deep, faithful, farseeing
The Saluki is the oldest known
breed of domestic dog. It is depicted in carvings of early civilizations
such as that of "Sumerian Empire" dating back to 8000 -7000 BC and
in Egyptian tombs of 2000 BC. This dog was declared "sacred " by
the Mohammedan religion and at the same time decrees that all other
dogs are "unclean", Salukis being allowed to sleep with their sheiks.
Due to the nomadic nature of the Arabs, the Saluki was found on
the entire coast of north Africa, in the Sahara, the Sudan, Egypt
and the whole of the near East and this is why they vary in size
and amount of feathering, each being related to the area from which
They are related to the Greyhound and the Arabs found their speed
and agility invaluable. When they went hunting they took often a
pair of Salukis and a hooded hawk, nearing the quarry the hawks
were released to seek out the game and once seen the dogs were released
to hunt the quarry down. They are very loyal, gentle and affectionate
and quickly become part of the family. The can be aloof around strangers.
While easy to train they become nervous and timid if training is
harsh or the trainers manner is over bearing.
brushing the coat regularly will keep it looking tidy and bath when
they need to be able to have off lead running as well as daily long
This breed is generally sound but some can suffer from genetic eye
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