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Saluki

Description

Being perhaps the most ancient breed of domestic dog, evidence of the Saluki can be found on Egyptian tombs dating several thousand years before Christ.  Arab nomads used them to run down gazelles, foxes and hares in the desert, often with the aid of falcons and as the provider of meat, they were allowed to sleep in the tents and enjoy the tender attention of their master. Coming to the attention of the Western world around 1900 their numbers have decreased in their lands of origin as a result of the advent of hunting with guns from jeeps.  The Saluki is also called the Persian Greyhound, Gazelle Hound or Tazi and their primary role nowadays is as an exotic companion and show dog, although many of these dogs are occasionally still used for hare coursing.

 

Temperament

The Saluki is very devoted to its own family even though it is not particularly demonstrative of this fact as some of these dogs can be quite shy.  It tends to be aloof and reserved with strangers however is very gentle with children, but it may not be playful enough to satisfy most of them. Because of its extreme sensitivity this dog does not take to rough-and-tumble play or deal well with harsh corrections.  Being very quiet and sedate indoors they quite often just like to seek out a soft, warm spot but once outdoors it will run in great circles at tremendous speeds and will chase any small running animals or fast-moving objects.  Don¬ít be surprised if it may not come when called.

 

Appearance

Height:   60-70 cm (23-27")

Weight:  22-27kg (50-60lb)

Group: Hounds

This graceful and balanced dog has an unusual gait when they are at top speed as all four of their legs are in the air at the same time.  With its slim, greyhound-like body, long silky feathering on the ears and tail, it is interesting to note that there is also a rarer smooth variety with no feathering. Their smooth coat is generally a bit coarser than the feathered variety's silky coat and they come in colours of black & tan, fawn, white, cream, gold and red, as well as various combinations of these. The head is narrow and well-proportioned, tapering gradually toward the nose and their ears are long and hanging. It has sturdy jaws, large skinny eyes that are either light or dark brown with a sweet, dignified expression and the neck is elegant and flexible. It has a body which is very elongated, with oblique muscular shoulders and feet which are thickly haired between the toes for protection from rough terrain.

 

Grooming

The Saluki sports an odor-free coat which is easy to groom and requires just the occasional brush and comb, especially on the longer-haired parts of the dog. It is recommended that their ears be checked regularly to make sure they are clean.

 

Life Expectancy

10-12 Years

 

Health Concerns

The Saluki is prone to some genetic eye diseases and cancer and can get sunburnt easily especially on the nose, so a daily application of sunscreen is required in the summertime.

 

Suitability

Relatively inactive indoor dogs, some owners even go as far as describing the Saluki as being like having a cat indoors and that is because they are clean, quiet and enjoy attention when they feel like it.  Ideally they should sleep indoors or at least with good shelter.  Recommended for active people who are prepared to be firm (but not harsh) in their discipline and for families with older children. Their natural hunting instinct means they are not recommended for people who keep other small pets such as rabbits and birds.  

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Hounds

Hounds: these dogs hunt by sniffing the ground to pick up and then follow a scent, calling and barking all the while.  Dogs of this type include English Foxhound, Rhodesian Ridgeback and Whippet to mention a few.

 

 

 
 
 

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 Regular yearly visits to the vet are a good opportunity to pick up on health problems as well as renewing annual vaccinations

 

 

 

 

 

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