Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 23-28 in (58.5-71cm) Bitch: smaller
Coat: Smooth and silky in texture
Color: White, cream, fawn, golden red, grizzle, silver grizzle, deer grizzle, tricolor (white, black, and tan), or variations of these colors

The Saluki is an ancient breed whose likeness appears on the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs. It takes its name either from the ancient city of Saluk in the Yemen or the town of Seleukia in the ancient Hellenic empire in Syria. It is also known as the Gazelle Hound, the Arab Gazelle Hound, the Eastern Greyhound, and the Persian Greyhound. The Saluki is esteemed by the Arabs, including the nomadic Bedouin, who prize it for its ability to keep pace with fleet-footed Arab horses and, paired with a falcon, to hunt gazelle. This elegant, if somewhat aloof, breed is loyal and affectionate, and is sought both as a pet and show dog. It requires plenty of exercise, and care should be taken in the countryside that its hunting instincts are kept under control. The Saluki's coat should be groomed daily, using a soft brush and a hound glove.
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