Get to know the Saluki
All you need to know about the breed
Elegant, graceful, noble, resplendent…the Saluki elicits a scramble for adjectives that can do justice to the breed’s particularly dignified brand of beauty. Fine features, wispy hair, you would be forgiven for assuming the breed frail with their lean bodies and delicate appearance. They are anything but.
One of the world’s most ancient breeds, Salukis are sighthounds, bred for centuries to track their quarry by sight rather than scent, a task at which they excelled. Though they make affectionate, loyal family pets once trained, Salukis still retain their incredible speed and stamina – they are thought to be the fastest breed on land over distance – ultra-attuned vision, and a high prey drive. Rabbit and hamster-owning families need not apply. And while we are at it, this isn’t the breed for anyone with a lazy lifestyle – while content to cocoon when home, Salukis need lots of daily exercise to be truly content and healthy.
The Saluki is a highly intelligent breed. That means they eventually take to training well. Highly strung and sensitive, they march to their own canine beat. As such, they are not ideal dogs for first time or inexperienced owners. However, Salukis are extremely patient and wonderful with children and, while not overly demonstrative, completely attached to their humans.
2 facts about Salukis
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Saluki
Caring for your Saluki
Grooming, training and exercise tips
Grooming the Saluki is quite straightforward. Their coats shed very little so a weekly brushing will suffice, with an extra brush through each week for the feathered parts. Walks around the neighbourhood won’t satisfy this highly athletic breed: Salukis don’t just require twice daily exercise, they need to run a few times per week as well to truly thrive. Access to a large park or a really big fenced-in yard where they can let off steam is an ideal situation – however, the fence must be at least five feet high, six even. And no, those numbers are not a typo. Salukis are incredible jumpers and will easily scale anything lower. Bred to chase quarry, they still have a high prey drive and will chase most smaller animals so they must be kept on-lead when not in an enclosed area. Training Salukis takes patience; this is not a breed for the inexperienced. Highly independent after centuries of working alone, such fast runners that humans can’t keep up, they will listen, just on their own timeline. One of the Saluki’s traits is to be highly sensitive, so kindness alongside that firm hand is key. Early socialisation will instil confidence around others.