To understand Salukis, you have to know what they were created to do. Salukis are a type of dog called sighthounds, hunters who use keen eyesight and explosive speed to spot, chase, and capture prey animals. This type of hound works alone, not with a handler—even an Olympic sprinter couldn’t keep up running alongside a Saluki—and this accounts for the breed’s independent nature. They love to chase small animals, like cats and squirrels, and training these sensitive hounds can be quite a job.
Did You Know?
The Saluki, royal dog of Egypt, is perhaps the oldest known breed of domesticated dog, identified by some historians as "a distinct breed and type as long ago as 329 BC when Alexander the Great invaded India."
Salukis were widespread and appeared in Egypt, where they were held in such great esteem that their bodies were often mummified like the bodies of the Pharaohs themselves.
The Saluki was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1927.
Salukis were first brought into England in 1840.
Having tremendous speed, the Saluki was used by the Arabs principally to track and bring down gazelle, the fastest of the antelopes.
The Saluki's sight is remarkable, as is his strong constitution and ability to withstand very harsh conditions despite an aristocratic appearance.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & Silver||016|
|Black & Tan||018|
|Black Tan & White||030|
|Chocolate & Tan||072|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Irish Marked Grizzle||123|
|Irish Marked Sable||125|