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Saluki (Hound Group)

Although the breed appears graceful and fragile, don’t be fooled – the Saluki is an avid hunter and possesses the strength and endurance to chase quarry over long distances and difficult terrain. Today, this sight hound is popular at lure coursing events and in the show ring. Salukis can be coated (with feathering on the legs) or smooth. In both varieties, colors include white, cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle and tan, tricolor, and black and tan.

A Look Back

The royal dog of Egypt, the Saluki is perhaps the oldest known breed of domesticated dog. They were held in such great esteem that their bodies were often mummified like the bodies of the Pharaohs themselves. The breed was originally used by the Arabs to track and bring down gazelle, the fastest of the antelopes. When the Saluki was first imported to England in 1840, they were used primarily to hunt hare.

Temperament

The Saluki are gentle, friendly, even-tempered and extremely devoted. Can be somewhat aloof, even with their family. This loyal dog may become attached to one person. Good with children who do not try and roughhouse with them. Sensitive, this breed does not take kindly to harsh discipline. They must be trained with calm, gentle, but firm, consistency. They are fairly submissive by nature to people and dogs and are easily distracted. Be sure you remain the dog’s pack leader so the dog feels secure with his surroundings. Dogs want nothing more than to know what is expected of them and the Saluki is no exception. The Saluki do well with other Salukis. They are a pleasant and calm companion and make a good watchdog. Though not aggressive with people, the Saluki’s natural instinct is to chase and kill non-canine animals. They may need obedience training to keep their deep-rooted hunting instincts under control, but you can never train the instinct out of the dog. Take great caution around pets such as birds, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits. They can get along with family cats if the cat is allowed to assert its dominance over the dog, but may chase strange cats. (AKC and Dog Breed Info)
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