Saluki – Characteristics, Temperament, Health, Care & Training


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History and Characteristics

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Salukis are sighthounds that originated in the Middle East. They are bred for speed, agility, and endurance. Salukis require a great deal of exercise and stimulation and make excellent pets for active people. Salukis have a characteristic high-pitched bark which some people find annoying. Salukis are pack animals and prefer to be in the company of their family or other dogs. Salukis can sometimes be difficult to train, though they respond well to positive reinforcement training techniques. Salukis are generally healthy dogs with an average lifespan of 12-14 years.

Saluki (Arabic: سالوقي Salūqī; plural سالوقات Saluqāt) is the traditional Arab name given to a sighthound dog breed historically known for its speed and endurance hunting game by coursing. The Saluki standard is accepted by the FCI under No 161 / Group 9 Section 1.2 b), type: “Group I – Sighthounds with straight forelegs, without dewclaws. The Saluki has a relatively narrow chest.” There are different types from country to country. Salukis come in many colors and patterns. Salukis can change color with age and as seasons change if they have shorter hair on their bodies than on their heads and tails. Salukis do not bark often, but when they do it is loud and high-pitched due to the fact that Salukis were bred as hunting dogs. Saluqiy was used as a royal hunting dog by ancient Egyptian pharaohs, the name Saluqi was used by the Crusaders to refer to Middle Eastern sighthounds. Some of these Salqis were brought back to England and became the foundation of the modern Saluki breed. Salukis have been registered by The Kennel Club since 1926.

The Saluki is a sighthound that was bred in the Middle East specifically for speed and endurance while hunting game by coursing. They are one of the oldest dog breeds, with records of their existence dating back as far as 4000 BC. Salukis come in many colors and patterns, but they can all be generally described as having thin, sleek coats and long legs.

Temperament and Health

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Salukis are typically very active dogs and require a great deal of exercise to prevent them from becoming bored or destructive. Salukis are also known for their loud, high-pitched barks which can be a bit startling to some, but Salukis are generally very even-tempered dogs that get along well with people and other animals. Salukis typically live for 12 to 14 years, but they can sometimes live up to 18 years or more. Salukis do not need to be groomed often if their coats are kept short, but they shed quite a bit twice per year.

Salukis have traditionally been bred with another sighthound breed called Greyhounds in order to produce offspring that have increased speed and endurance for hunting purposes. Saluqiy was used as a royal hunting dog by ancient Egyptian pharaohs, the name Saluqi was used by the Crusaders to refer to Middle Eastern sighthounds Some of these Salqis were brought back to England and became the foundation of the modern Saluki breed. Salukis have been registered by The Kennel Club since 1926.

Training

Salukis are sighthounds, bred for speed, agility, and endurance. Salukis require a great deal of exercise and stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored or destructive. Salukis are protective of their families but are not usually aggressive toward strangers unless they are threatened or challenged, then Salukis can be very serious watchdogs who will alert the entire family when there is someone outside that does not belong in the home. Salukis need to be taught at an early age that small children are not toys or things for them to play with so they will not accidentally injure them.

Summary

Salukis are sighthounds bred for speed, agility, and endurance. Salukis require a great deal of exercise and stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored or destructive. Salukis get along well with people but can be very protective when necessary due to their suspicious nature in new situations. Saluki’s coats do not need much grooming if they stay short, but Saluki sheds twice per year which is why it needs brushing every week at the least. If you have any more questions about this article please feel free to contact us!

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