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A graceful, athletic, medium-sized sighthound, the Saluki has a soft, smooth coat, often with feathering (longer hair) on the legs and ears, and sometimes the throat. The smooth type of Saluki lacks this feathering.

12–14 years
Fully grown, they weigh approximately 13-30kg.
Adult dogs stand at 58-71cm, with females slightly smaller
The coat comes in any colour or combination of colours, except brindle
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The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Saluki breed can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia 
- Gastric dilatation volvulus 
- Saluki neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis which is a storage disease that can cause nerve cell damage. 
- Dilated cardiomyopathy¹ which is a condition where the heart muscle becomes progressively weak and cannot beat properly.
- Hemangiosarcoma², a cancer in the cells that line the blood vessels.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

¹T. P. Bellumori et al, 'Prevalence of inherited disorders among mixed-breed and purebred dogs: 27,254 cases (1995–2010)', 2013, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
²J.K. Kwon, 'Heart-base Tumours in Three Yorkshire Terriers', 2014, Journal of veterinary Clinics


The Saluki is an intriguing mixture of independent and intelligent, loyal and aloof - and affectionate but not demonstrative. They also have never forgotten their royal ancestry! They are generally disinterested in people they don’t know and somewhat standoffish but they are bond closely to their families, are quietly affectionate and dislike being left alone.

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Did You Know?

Prized by their royal owners in ancient Egypt, their death would be marked by a period of deep mourning and they would often be mummified wearing their ornate hunting collars. The famous boy king Tutankhamun is shown in his tomb with his favourite hounds - which all appear to be Salukis.

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