|Saluki, Graceful and |
Clean-cut, like a Thoroughbred
Ancient portrayals in art and carvings dating back to
the Sumerian empire, some 9000 years ago, predating even
the Egyptian era, suggest that the Saluki is the oldest breed
known to mankind. It may well have originated in Syria then
ranged to Egypt, Persia, Afghanistan and even India. Islamic
people generally consider dogs as "unclean" but the Saluki
was believed to be a gift from Allah and therefore sacred
and anything it caught and killed could be eaten.
Salukis were never sold, instead, they were given as
precious gifts or tributes to worthy sheiks. Over the years
the Saluki was known by many names, including "Slughi,"
"Eastern Greyhound," "Persian Greyhound," and "Arabian
Gazelle Hound." The name "Saluki" may have derived from
the Syrian town of Seleukia. The Arabian bred variety was a
smaller smooth coated dog than those from Persia which
had more feathering on the ears legs and tail.
Salukis are sighthounds, hunting by means of keen
eyesight and remarkable speed. They come in many colors.
Quietly affectionate and bonding closely to their master, they
are good with children and good watchdogs too, without being
aggressive. Requiring moderate accommodation and some
weekly grooming, they make a good family addition.
Dogs: 23 - 28 in. (58 - 71cm).
Bitch: Considerably smaller.
Weight: 35 - 65 lb. (15.9 - 29.5 kg).
Watchdog: Very good.
Other Names: Gazelle Hound,
Life Expectancy: 12 - 14 years.