Saluki Info, Guide to a Sleek and Statuesque Dog Why This Breed Is So Beloved

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Medium Breed Saluki

Is the Saluki Right For You?

  • 1 Salukis are a dog built for speed, instinctively running after anything that moves.
  • 2 Salukis are sometimes described as cat-like in their aloofness.
  • 3 To train a Saluki requires patience. These dogs shed very little and require a lot of exercise.


One of the most ancient breeds on record, the Saluki was the official royal dog of Egypt. A mummified Saluki can oftentimes be found in the tombs of Pharaohs. Primarily used for hunting small game like foxes or jackals, this sighthound is the predecessor of dogs like the Greyhound. The Saluki are known for their ability to run incredibly fast, even in rough or rocky terrain. The Saluki was recognized by the AKC in 1929.

Quick Facts

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    12 to 14 years

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    Hair Length


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    Male Height

    23-28 inches (58-71 cm)

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    Male Weight

    45-65 pounds (20.5-29.5 kg)

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    Female Height

    18-26 inches (45.7-66 cm)

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    Female Weight

    35-55 pounds (15.9-25 kg)

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    Litter Size

    5 to 7 pups


The Saluki is a gentle dog, but not for everyone. They tend to prefer one owner, making them less than ideal for the family dynamic. They can be aloof, even with members of their "pack," and are extremely sensitive. They tend to be submissive, and do not enjoy rough play. In order to properly train this breed, you must be consistent and firm, but never harsh. .


The Saluki can be white, cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle and tan tricolor (black, tan and white), black and tan, or any of the previously mentioned colors with white.

Health Concerns

The Saluki is considered to be a rare breed to most dog lovers. Even though they are unknown to many, they can develop many of the same common health problems other breeds do, which are:


Keeping true to the general body type of a sighthound, the Saluki looks a lot like a Greyhound. They have the narrow frame, long legs, and arrow-like head that makes these breeds look like they are built for speed. They do have a slightly longer coat than other sighthounds, having a light feathering on their ears and tail. Also, their feet have a dense fur padding to help them manage the harsh terrain of the Middle East.

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