AKC PuppyFinder: Saluki Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Gentle, dignified, loyal but independent-minded
- Energy Level: Very Active; Salukis are swift, agile runners who love a good chase— fenced-in running room is a must
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Infrequent
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Independent
- Height: 23-28 inches (male), considerably smaller (female)
- Weight: 40-65 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 10-17 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
View PhotoDon't let the apparent delicacy of the Saluki fool you. This swift hunting breed is the royalty of sighthounds. One of the oldest known breeds, images of the Saluki appear in Egyptian tombs as early as 2100 B.C. This agile and graceful breed was born for the chase and has an almost cat-like independent mind. Despite his fragile appearance, he's got the ruggedness and endurance to chase prey over long distances of difficult terrain. Your Saluki puppy thrives on physical and mental exercise. Training may take patience and consistency because he's always ready to chase after anything that moves. This instinct also makes Salukis a great choice for dog sports like lure coursing.
- History & Job
Origin: Middle East
Year Recognized: 1929
Breed History & Job Description: The Saluki is among the oldest dog breeds. Experts tell us Salukis might go as far back as 7000 b.c. Like other sighthounds, Salukis were special favorites of kings: Egyptian pharaohs, Alexander the Great, and on through history. The breed today is remarkably similar in shape and personality to its ancient ancestors. We can still marvel at the same sleek lines and natural dignity that thrilled royal families of the Middle East, Egypt, and Asia since before the Pyramids were built.
Salukis are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Salukis are healthy dogs.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- No recommended health tests
- Breed Club