A medium sized Saluki
Saluki Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)23-28in (58-71cm)
Weight29-66lbs (13-30kg)
Hair Colour(s)Varies
Lifespan12-14 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size5-7
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingLow
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityLow
Aggression levelsMedium
Distress if leftMedium

The Saluki is a medium-sized and graceful dog similar to a greyhound. The slim body is elongated yet muscular, with slim straight legs and a long tail. The head is narrow and tapers towards the nose, and has brown eyes and pendulous ears. The coat tends to be smooth with feathering in several places, including the tail and ears, and is silky and soft in texture. The colouring varies but includes gold, grizzle, tan, black, cream, red and fawn amongst others.


Salukis are diginified and gentle dogs blessed with even-tempered natures. These reserved dogs are often aloof and rarely affectionate, and tend to be loyal to one person only in a family. Moderate obedience training is normally required in order to temper their hunting instincts, and they need to be socialised early to promote confidence and outgoing personalities. These dogs can be very independent and manipulative, and can be a challenge to train, and so require assertive and confident owners, which of course means they are more suitable for those with experience in dog ownership and training rather than novice owners. Salukis get along well with older, more considerate children, as they do not like being handled roughly. They are usually fine with other dogs, but as their instincts are to chase and kill non-canine animals, they should not be trusted around other pets and smaller animals. Around strangers they tend to be reserved and aloof, and as they are protective and cautious by nature, they can make effective watchdogs.

History & Skills

Salukis originate from Egypt and are an ancient breed, and were named after an Arabian city that has since vanished beneath the desert sands. They were so revered by the ancient Egyptians that they were often mummified just like the Pharaohs, and they even appear in heiroglyphs in tombs dating as far back as 2100 BC. The royal dog of Egypt, they are often given as tokens of friendship and appreciation. These days they are used as hunting dogs and companions.

Breed Specific Ailments

Salukis tend to live between 12-14 years, and some of the health concerns associated with this breed include thyroid problems, heart conditions, tumours, sensitivity to drugs and chemicals, eye diseases and cancer. They can also be prone to sunburn because of their thin coat, especially on the nose area.


Salukis are medium shedders and so are not suitable for those with allergies. Their grooming requirements are pretty low though, and the coat simply needs an ocassional brushing to keep it in good condition. The long and feathery ears will need checking regularly to avoid accumulation of dirt that could lead to infections.

Exercise & Environment

Salukis tend to live indoors and are suited to warmer climates, although not hot ones. They are not suitable for smaller homes such as apartments because they need plenty of space. Although calm when indoors, these dogs are natural athletes and love to run, and need plenty of space to roam. They will need a daily walk and a yard or garden area in which to play, but as they are very fast and can easily outrun people, they should not be left unsupervised because they can jump with amazing agility and may run off.


FCIFCI - Federation Cynologique Internationale
KCThe Kennel Club (UK)
AKCAKC - American Kennel Club

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Owners Gallery

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This is Denis the Saluki, a rescue dog from Sussex, at 5 months old.

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