These athletic sight hounds were originally developed in the Middle East and are of ancient lineage. Dogs of similar appearance were being kept in this region over 2,000 years ago, and were used to hunt gazelles, which rank among the fastest of all antelope. When they were first seen in Britain, about 1840, they were described as Persian Greyhounds, having originated from Persia (modern-day Iran). They only became widely available at the turn of the century, and were recognized by the Kennel Club in 1922, and by the American Kennel Club five years later.
Origins: Middle East
Coat Type/Colour: Silky; Wide variety
Height: 23 – 28 Inch (55.5 – 71 cm)
Weight: 66 lb Max (30 kg)
Nature: Loyal; requires considerable exercise
These hounds make loyal companions, but should only be kept if you can give them plenty of exercise, Salukis may need to be supervised closely when they are off the leash, because they have not lost their hunting instincts. Available in a good choice of colours, daily brushing of the Saluki’s coat is essential to maintain its sleek appearance. You may need to comb the longer hair on the ears and tail.