The Saluki is a unique dog and is considered one of the oldest dog breeds. These pups were once referred to as the ‘Persian Greyhound’ as they closely resemble the Greyhound in both appearance and character traits. The Saluki can be physically identified by their narrow heads and thin, muscular bodies. These dogs were built to run and can sprint at an incredible speed of 30-35 miles/hour. Their love to run, combined with their high level of stamina, should make it clear that these dogs need tons of exercise daily for them to feel their best. They will need a large open space when exercising, which will allow them to run fast and freely.
This dog breed has lived among ancient civilizations for thousands of years. These dogs originated in the middle east, and images resembling the Saluki were found on carvings from the Sumerian empire dating back about 8000 years ago! Dogs were generally not considered clean animals in the middle east and were not treated fondly, however, Salukis were the exception. They were highly regarded and were the only dogs allowed to sleep within the tents in these ancient times. The initial purpose of this speedy dog was to assist their people with hunting animals, which they excelled at. Their combination of speed and strength made them fierce predators.
The Saluki of today has still retained their hunting instincts and has a strong prey drive. For this reason, they must be within a completely closed off-leash area before their leash is removed. If this dog sees anything scurry by, you can be sure that they will try to chase after it with full force. These dogs also weigh up to 70 pounds, so when they are on the leash, make sure to hold on tight!
As a house dog, the Saluki is calm and gentle. They are sensitive animals that will not enjoy tension in the house. They make a great watchdog given their alert instincts, but they do not make a good guard dog. They simply do not see humans as threats and rarely behave aggressively towards anyone. The Saluki is not always an easy breed to handle and is recommended for a more active owner. If you are the type of person that loves to go jogging, they will make a great running companion…if you can keep up with them that it is!
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