Graceful, elegant, and independent, the Saluki is unlike most breeds. For many humans, these stubborn, cat-like dogs aren’t a great fit. But for the right owner, this dog has an intoxicating quality that may ruin you of all other breeds.
Keep reading to find out what it is about the Saluki that makes them so irresistible to the right people and to find out if you might fit into that category.
General Characteristics of the Saluki
Other names: Persian Hound, Gazelle Hound
Height: 23 to 28 inches
Weight: 40 to 65 pounds
Lifespan: 10 to 17 years
Origin: The Fertile Cresent (Middle East & Egypt)
Colors: White, cream, golden, grizzle, fawn, red, black and tan, and tri
Activity level: Moderate
Grooming needs: Low
Best suited for: Responsible owners not looking for the typical doggy dog
The History of the Saluki
The Saluki is one of the oldest dog breeds still around today.
These sighthounds can trace their ancestry back at least 5,000 years and possibly as far back as 7,000 years to an area known as the Fertile Cresent.
It was here, in the modern-day countries of Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Isreal, and Jordan, that humans first perfected the art of agriculture. Alongside them were the first domesticated canines.
Over time, some of these dogs were selectively bred to aid hunters in bringing down game in the large, open desert areas of the region. To do this, hunters chose dogs with long legs, slender bodies and heads, and keen eyesight that could not only track and chase prey but were large enough to bring it to the ground.
This perfected sighthound took on the look of the modern-day Sals. It was a dog with a light build, thickly padded feet to allow it to sprint over rough terrain, and the speed to keep pace with the fastest prey.
These dogs quickly became popular with royals of the region, especially in Egypt where they were often embalmed with nobility and celebrated in paintings, carvings, and sculptures. Read More