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Breeds 101

Saluki

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The Saluki is maybe the most ancient domesticated dog breed; Image of this dog is visible on pottery from Iran circa 3500 BC.  

Egyptians depicted the Saluki on the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs and mummified Saluki remains to be buried with pharaohs. This dog was the hunting companion of nomadic Bedouin tribesmen.

When the Bedouins hunted, they used trained hawks to swoop on prey to slow it down until the Saluki caught up and trapped it for the hunter.

The Saluki was carried to the hunt on camels to protect its feet from the burning sand. Arab nomads used this dogs to run down gazelles. English hunters relied on Salukis to course hare.

Today, the Salukis are exotic companions and graceful competitors in the show ring.

It is probably true that the Saluki has been selectively bred for longer than any other breed of dog.

Size:

Large; Females: usually 23 to 28 inches; Males: 23 to 29 inches; 40 to 70 pounds.

Color:

White, cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle and tan, tricolor, black and tan, and more.

Temperament:

Good with older children; Aloof with strangers; devoted and independent; chase anything that moves.

Energy level:

High outside, low indoors if properly exercised.

Best owner:

Active owner in a rural or suburban home.

Needs:

Daily exercise (running free in an enclosed area is best), leash, fenced yard, patient training; soft bedding, weekly brushing.

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.