Saluki — Top 10 Facts

The Saluki is one of the oldest of dog breeds developed from sighthounds. They’re fast as the wind, skinny as a supermodel, and quietly devoted to their people. Beautiful but reserved, the Salukis are affectionate without being overly demonstrative.

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In this video, we are counting down the top 10 facts about the Saluki Dog that you might not know.

A Quick Overview:
Group: Hound Dogs
Weight: 35 to 70 pounds
Height: 23 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder
Life Expectancy: 12 — 14 years

Salukis are widely admired for their exotic appearance, but not everyone is well suited to live with this spirited and independent hunter. Any movement, be it a squirrel, cat, or radio-controlled car, will activate the Saluki’s instinct to chase, and his speed has been clocked at 30 to 35 miles per hour.

Unless he’s protected by a strong human on the other end of the leash or a securely fenced yard, he’s likely to meet his end beneath the wheels of a car. You might think that Salukis living in the country would have fewer issues, but they’ve been known to chase down and tangle with or kill goats, otters, foxes, raccoons, snakes, squirrels, and deer.

To keep a Saluki safe and well-exercised, provide him with 300 to 400 lateral feet of the fenced area where he can run full out. If your yard isn’t that large, you should have easy access to a fenced park, an enclosed sports field at a school, or a beach with no nearby road. On leash, the Saluki makes an excellent jogging companion — if you can keep up with him. He’s also a good competitor in agility and lure coursing. Some Salukis participate in obedience and tracking as well.

Indoors, the Saluki will make himself at home on your soft sofa or bed. He likes his comforts and needs cushioning for his somewhat bony body. Using his long, skinny muzzle, he’ll surf your kitchen counters in search of anything edible.

The calm and gentle Saluki can become timid and shy without early socialization and regular reinforcement through new experiences and introductions to many different people throughout his life. Generally quiet but alert, he’s a good watchdog, but not a guard dog. Salukis are fearless in the hunt but otherwise unaggressive.

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