Other names: Persian Greyhound, Salouki

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The Saluki is a medium-sized dog, of distinguished yet harmonious build, built for speed and endurance. There are 2 varieties: one with short hair and one with fringes. The gait of the Saluki is characterized by light and airy movements, with a regular and full trot.



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Hair type Short
Origin Middle East
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 13 kg to 22 kg From 54 cm to 68 cm
Male From 14 kg to 25 kg From 58 cm to 71 cm
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History of the breed

Raised for several thousand years by the Arab tribes of the Middle East , the Saluki was used for hunting a wide variety of game, depending on the specific area in which it lived. Many dogs were offered or imported into Europe and a first official European standard was established in the English language in 1923.

The Saluki breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on April 8, 1966. Its official FCI standard in force was published on October 25, 2000. Today, it is less used as a hunter, but takes takes part in sporting events such as coursing (sight pursuit on a lure).

Saluki Pictures

Photo by Beckam, SalukiPhoto by Cyrus, SalukiPhoto by Shade, Saluki

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Physical features

His hair: smooth, soft and silky, forming fringes on the posterior sides of the limbs and possibly on the throat. The short-haired variety does not have fringes.
Its color: all tones and color combinations, with the exception of brindles.
His head: elongated, narrow, noble in appearance. The skull is of moderate width without being bulging, the stop not pronounced, the nose of black or liver color, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors.
His ears: set high, very lively, drooping, of good length and furnished with long silky hairs.
Her eyes: shiny, large, oval in shape, dark nutty in color, displaying a look full of dignity and gentleness.
His body: harmonious, slender, giving an impression of dignity. The neck is long, supple and muscular, the back of good width, the loins slightly arched and muscular, the tips of the hips set wide apart, the chest high and long, the bottom line well drawn up.
Its tail: low, long, curved, well covered with long and silky fringes.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Saluki is a dog full of dignity and intelligence . Very attached to his master and his family, without being too demonstrative, he is much more reserved towards people he does not know. However, he does not have natural skills for guard and defense. Traditionally bred for hunting and racing, the Saluki is above all a pleasant and loving companion , yet independent .

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Learning to recall should be done as early as possible with the Saluki, because it can quickly move away due to its speed. For the rest, his education is not particularly complicated , as long as it is done with respect for the animal, without any form of brutality and by focusing on encouragement and rewards ( positive reinforcement ).

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Saluki adapts quite well to city life , but it is imperative to offer him long daily outings so that he can exercise himself. Otherwise, he is likely to be bored and therefore to develop undesirable behaviors. If one is not willing to offer him enough activities, the Saluki is not the kind of dog to adopt.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Saluki is a generally robust and healthy dog. There is no predisposition to any particular disease or abnormality in this breed. However, some can develop heart disease or cancer. Finally, since it is sensitive to anesthesia and drugs, it should be discussed with the veterinarian.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Sensitivity to anesthesia
Minor concerns
Cardiac hypertrophy
Suggested tests

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Saluki is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

Maintenance of   Saluki does not present a big constraint . It simply needs to be provided regularly to preserve the health and well-being of the dog.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week . Particular attention should be paid to its long silky bangs, especially during shedding where daily brushing becomes necessary. He does not need to take a bath frequently. It can be bathed if necessary, if it is really dirty.

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. If they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Saluki is between 900 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Saluki is between 450 € and 650 €.

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The Saluki needs a balanced diet adapted to their needs , level of exercise, size and age. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day . Note that this is a naturally very thin dog breed.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Quiet most of the time, the   Saluki displays boundless energy and activity when given the opportunity to run. It must therefore be able to do it as much as possible, and over great distances. He cannot be satisfied with brief outings.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 10: Greyhounds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1966


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