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Saluki

Size: Medium

Weight: 35 - 65 lbs.

Height: 23" - 28"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Not suited for city / apartment dwellers. Requires an experienced dog owner. Breed-related health problems include progressive retinal atrophy; hypothyroidism.

Origin: Egypt

Also Known As: Gazelle Hound, Persian Greyhound, Tazi

Group: Sighthound

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Saluki is an active breed that requires plenty of daily exercise. These dogs need several long walks per day, as well as a yard or open space to run.

Grooming Needs

The Saluki requires weekly brushing.

Temperament

The Saluki is a quiet, gentle breed. Although somewhat aloof, the Saluki is dependent on human companionship and should not be left alone for long periods of time. Although sociable with strangers, the Saluki should not be left alone with small children. Excessive noise may make this breed nervous. If left to its own devices, the Saluki may not be able to resist the urge to chase strange cats and other small animals.

Compatibility with Kids

Gentle with children, but may be too shy and / or not playful enough.

History

This breed may be the oldest dog breed known to man. It was used in ancient Egypt more than five thousand years ago to hunt gazelle.

Pet Facts

Although the Muslim religion considered dogs to be unclean, it made an exception for this noble dog. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1928, but its popularity has declined.