Saluki Breed Guide
Saluki Background Information & History
Although the Saluki origin is still relatively unknown, many believe that they originated from the Middle East and date all the way back to ancient times. A strikingly similar-looking breed was even recorded in carvings during the Sumerian Empire (close to 6,000 B.C.) Pharaohs also took a liking to the Saluki breed and used them for their hunting abilities as well as their companionship.
It wouldn’t be until 1840 that the Saluki would finally expand out of former Persia and make their way to England. This breed grew slowly in population not only in England but also in the United States as well. It would take until 1927 for the American Kennel Club to recognize the Saluki as an official breed.
Saluki Temperament & Personality
Loyal yet aloof, the Saluki breed craves companionship and loves to be around their owners at all times. Unlike most dogs, Salukis tend to latch on to a single person, which means they have a tendency for developing separation anxiety if they become too dependent on their family.
It is especially important for Salukis to be socialized from a young age. They can be wary of strangers, making them hesitant or nervous when new people are present. Introduce this breed to different people, places, sounds, and experiences, as young as possible to help them become a well-mannered and social pet later on in life.
Saluki Training Tips
It’s important to know before bringing home a Saluki that this breed can be very difficult to train. Even though they have a high intelligence, they tend to think very independently and will completely ignore you if they find something more entertaining than what you are commanding of them.
That’s why it is important to use positive reinforcement and consistent practices while training your dog. For extra support, try enrolling him in a buddy obedience course.
Saluki Exercise Needs
A Saluki is a natural athlete and requires daily exercise to stay both happy and healthy. These dogs really need a fenced yard or park where they can run as they please and exert their built-up energy.
Aside from daily walks around the block, Salukis also excel at agility training and lure coursing. These activities are a great way for them to be both mentally and physically challenged.
The average lifespan of the Saluki Breed is between 12 to 14 years old.
Saluki Breed Popularity
Although they may not be the most popular breed within the U.S., owners still adore their loyal and energetic personalities. As of this year, the Saluki is ranked as the 125th most popular breed by the AKC out of 202 registered breeds.
Saluki Feeding Requirements
When it comes to feeding your Saluki, make sure you provide him will an all-natural and healthy dog food. What you feed your pet can have a serious impact on his overall health and that’s why it’s important to stay away from any preservative, byproducts, or fillers that may be lurking in some products. As a general rule of thumb, Salukis should consume between 1 ¾ to 2 ¾ cups of dog food a day, split into two separate meals.
The short, silky coat of the Saluki comes in a variety of colors and is fairly easy to maintain. Weekly brushing is highly recommended to keep their coat free of debris and rid any dead hair that may be stuck.
Aside from their canine coat grooming, make sure to brush their teeth once a week and trim their nails whenever necessary. It is also important to check their ears, eyes, and nose for any sign of infection.
Are Salukis Good With Kids?
Even though Salukis are loving and fun, they are not the best option for a household with young children. These dogs can be too overbearing and active for a toddler, and that’s why it’s recommended that the child be at least 8 years of age.
Saluki Health Problems
The Saluki is known to be a healthy breed in general, however, they are still prone to several health complications. The canine health problems that can inflict a Saluki may include:
Anesthesia Sensitivity: Dogs with low levels of body fat are at a higher risk of anesthesia or medication sensitivity. Fortunately, all veterinarians are aware of this fact for the Saluki breed and will administer medication accordingly.
Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism occurs when the body is unable to produce a sufficient amount of thyroid hormones. When this happens, a dog may experience an increase in weight, lethargy, or other side effects.
National Breed Website: Saluki Club of America
Rescue: Saluki Rescue