Other Names : Gaze hound, Gazelle hound, Slugi, Shami, tazi
Country of Origin : Arabia
Dog Group : Hound
Probably the most ancient of sight hounds, one of the earliest recordings of the saluki was a stamp seal found at Tepe Gawra dated 2000 - 3000 BC. The true origins of this wonderful breed are lost in the mists of time, it is thought that they are decended from the ara desert wolf, a sleek wolf renound for it's endurance and speed. They have been depicted through out many countries including Syria, kurdistan,persia, northern africa and egypt. Held in high esteem by all those who where owned by them, the Bedouin Arabs called them a gift from Allah, they were never sold, being given as gifts to mark friendship or respect. Then they were accomplished hunters, able to bring down anything from hare to gazelle (hence gazelle hound). Although introduced to Britain in the late 1800's, the breed did not get recognised until 1923.
Elegance personified! Grace and symmetry. With a dignified head and bright far seeing eyes, and feathering on the ears and tail, all goes to make this dog look like nobility. They move effortlessly and almost seem to float across the ground.
Feeding & Ownership
Salukis can be choosey eaters but do not gorge them selves and eat only what they require. only the best is good enough, be warned! They prefer to eat their food off the ground.
Tends to be aloof with strangers and often chooses one 'owner' in a household, therefore not a good breed for those with low self-esteem. Independant and intelligent, with speed and stamina. They are the perfect house guests, quiet, reserved and, having only one coat to help cope with the desert heat, they lack the oily undercoat which creates the usual 'doggy odour'. They shed very little and make a beautiful addition to a family. Like having a little bit of royalty in your home.
This breed deserves to look their best, so a quick groom once a day with a soft bristle brush and a comb through the feathering is usually sufficient.