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Also known as: Gazelle Hound, Persian Greyhound
Breed origin: Egypt
Original purpose: Bringing down the gazelle and also hares.
AKC recognized: 1929
AKC group: Hound
Height: males 23 to 28 inches;
females considerably smaller
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White, cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle and tan, tricolor (white, black and tan), or black and tan.
13 to 16 years.
The Saluki is dignified, gentle, graceful, spirited, intelligent, and sensitive. They have tremendous endurance and speed, and have a strong instinct to chase anything that runs. They should never be trusted off leash unless they are in a securely fenced area. They can easily jump over fences lower than five feet. Although they are quick learners, they can get bored with repetition and may not respond to commands when distracted by something worth chasing.
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Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, obedience, agility, lure coursing, tracking, flyball, therapy
They must have a fenced yard or access to a dog park where they can run safely off-leash.
Known health problems:
Sensitivity to anesthetics, cancer.
Additional photos of Saluki
Recommended books for further reading:
By Virginia M. Burch
Published in 1990
Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Saluki Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Saluki Club of America Rescue