|Group:||Hounds (Group 4)|
|Club:||Saluki Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mr Stephen Wailes|
Background In size and appearance the Saluki is unchanged from the earliest records found in caves, which pre-date by some 4,000 years the popularity this breed enjoyed under the Pharaohs. Camel trains from Egypt carried Saluki to all parts of the ancient world along the silk roads. The Saluki is widely recognised as the first of the sight hound breeds and is still unsurpassed for its combination of speed and endurance and is still used as a food provider by some nomadic tribes from Morocco to Asia Minor. The origin of the modern name "Saluki" is unclear, but one suggestion comes from an early Arabic poem, "kings from Saluk", a town in Southern Arabia. The Saluki is a beautiful connection with the past and is treasured by a relatively small number of devotees as a companion and show dog. Their aristocratic appearance and light, easy movement have made them a favourite with the show judges. They can share an active outdoor life, or while away summer days and winter nights of peaceful partnership. They are equally at ease racing through the open fields, or resting peacefully in the comfort of your home. The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club in England first registered the modern description in 1923. Although those words have now been expanded, the description is of the same ancient breed handed down by those most skilful of breeders, the Arabs to whom the Saluki was always regarded as a noble animal.
Average Lifespan A Saluki’s average lifespan is 13 to 16 years, so careful thought should be put into the lifelong commitment required.
Colour May be any single colour or combination of colours.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Bred to share the family home, Saluki are an extremely gentle breed. A medium sized, moderate dog built for extreme speed and endurance. There are smooth coated and feathered varieties, the latter with silky fringes mainly on the ears and tail. A watch dog which will warn but not attack, dignified, reserved with strangers, intelligent, independent but loyal companion, trainable to high levels of obedience but requiring sensitivity and patience in the process. Saluki are trustworthy, tolerant and are affectionate with children. The breed is very hardy, free of the majority of hereditary diseases and most anatomical problems. Has no "doggy" odour.
Compatibility with other pets Saluki will get on well with other pets (including cats), when brought into the home at a young age and properly introduced. As with any other breed, older animals will require more time to settle into a new environment.
Care Requirements Saluki ideally require a large well-fenced yard and their own comfortable sheltered accommodation. A Saluki should be walked regularly, especially if it has to be left alone all day. The Saluki is social, not solitary. Two are easier than one. A Saluki only tends to eat what it needs, about 4kg of a balanced dry food maintains an average non-working adult for a week. As Saluki are a smooth coated breed they require little grooming.
Please Take Note Young Saluki need training in the social graces and the socialisation of pups is extremely important in producing a well-adjusted adult. Lack of human affection, boredom and frustration can produce acts of defiance and destruction.
Ideal Owner/s An active lifestyle is not a prerequisite in owning a Saluki, but a prospective owner must have ample time to provide proper exercise, grooming care and attention.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Saluki and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.