Description

Illustration of Saluki

Much prized by the Bedouins along with their Arabian horses, the Saluki is an elegant and light footed hound of the Middle East. The Sheikhs kept careful breeding records and recorded the hunting prowess of their hounds. Their quarry was hare, fox and gazelle and hunting often took place on horseback, the riders using hooded falcons in combination with the hounds. Because of the different terrains in which he could be used for hunting there are is a variation of type within the breed, the desert type and the mountain type differing in size and substance. It is thought that the name of the breed was based on the ancient Arabian city of Saluk or the Syrian town of Seleucia. Certainly the breed is imbued with an exotic history and remains much admired for its elegance, gentle temperament and light lifting movement.

Breed Group
Hound
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Medium
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
Short
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Large
Lifespan
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

Varieties

  • Smooth-Coat

The Hound Breed Group

Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.


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