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General Description

The Saluki is bred for speed, strength, and endurance, qualities that are evident in his long, narrow head and sleek yet muscular body. Beautiful but reserved, the Saluki is affectionate without being overly demonstrative.

General Health

The Saluki is a hardy breed that does not suffer from many genetically inherited diseases.

Hereditary Illnesses

The following problems may be seen in Salukis: Anesthesia Sensitivity: Because of their low level of body fat, sighthounds such as the Saluki have a reputation for being sensitive to anaesthesia and certain other drugs

Character and Temperament

The Saluki is decidedly a one-family dog, tending to be aloof, or even shy, with strangers. This is a devoted, but not particularly demonstrative breed that will relish sitting by your side, not on your lap. Salukis are quiet at home, extremely gentle with children and good with other dogs.


It is essential that the Saluki be fed a high-quality diet of dry food


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The Saluki's ancestors were historically bred in the Fertile Crescent, where agriculture originated. Images of running dogs with long, narrow bodies adorn pottery found in Susa, southwest Iran that dates back to 6,000 years ago, despite the depictions bearing erect, pointed ears. Dogs looking similar to Salukis are shown on wall carvings of the Sumerian empire (now Iraq), dating from 6,000 to 7,000 BCE. Dogs that look similar to Salukis and Greyhounds were increasingly depicted in Egyptian tombs from the Middle Kingdom (2134 BC–1785 BC) onward, however it was during the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt that Salukis-like dogs rose to prominence, replacing dogs called tesem (thought to be similar to modern pariah dogs or a generic term for a dog) in ancient Egyptian art. Their mummified bodies have been found buried with pharaohs. The variety spread southward into the Sudan. The ancient skeletal remains of a single dog with a close, measured, approximation to the modern Saluki, were excavated at Tell Brak in modern Syria, and dated to approximately 4000 years before present.


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