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You know those dogs that are so eager to please, wanting only to be enveloped in your affection and attention? Well, that's not the Saluki. This beautiful, exotic dog is an ancient breed of sighthound; he'll run after anything that moves and, with his blazing speed, will often catch his prey. He runs like the wind and was often used to hunt gazelles, the fastest antelope on earth. Yes, he can be taught basic obedience, but the Saluki is cat-like in his independence. However, he's perfectly happy to include you in his adventures. In safe, enclosed spaces with room to run and play, you and your Saluki can enjoy spirited time together. Here are 10 examples of the breed's unsurpassed speed and elegance:

1. The Saluki is an ancient breed. In fact, there's a visual history that goes back more than 5,000 years. Here's his depiction on an Egyptian relief, dating from 2323-2144 BC.

Ancient Egyptian relief with Saluki
Ancient Egyptian relief from 2323 BC via Wikimedia Commons

2. In motion, they almost seem to be flying.

 

A photo posted by LJ (@les_jeux_de_chiens) on Jan 24, 2016 at 5:17am PST

3.They're a study of grace and speed in action.

4. Perhaps the only thing more beautiful than one Saluki running are two.

 

A video posted by Sadie Hakker (@silkensadie) on Dec 24, 2015 at 8:59am PST

5. This group, hunting in the desert, even outruns vehicles.


via YouTube

6. At rest, the Saluki shows his elegant and dignified side.

 

A photo posted by LJ (@les_jeux_de_chiens) on Jun 19, 2015 at 5:11am PDT

7. The Saluki does have his quiet moments. In fact, he's usually calm and gentle around the house, happy to settle in for a snooze with his people.

 

A photo posted by Sadie Hakker (@silkensadie) on Jan 13, 2016 at 8:53am PST

8. Or with other buddies.

9. Although he most definitely prefers the furniture to the floor.

 

A photo posted by Sadie Hakker (@silkensadie) on Feb 26, 2016 at 7:30am PST

10. Saluki owners may not be quite sure who owns who, but they find his beauty, grace and character irresistible.

 

Saluki by Lily Rose Kennel@ Asolo Dog Resort 'Dogue Asolo' sessions

Posted by Paul Croes on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

 

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