Salukis vary in type and the variation is desired and typical for the breed. The reason for the variation is the special place held by the Saluki in the Arab tradition and the immense size of the Middle East area where the Saluki has been used as a hound of the chase for thousands of years.
The whole appearance of this breed should give an impression of grace and symmetry and of great speed and endurance coupled with strength and activity. Smooth variety: the points should be the same with the exception of the coat which has no feathering. Reserved with strangers, but not nervous or aggressive. Dignified, intelligent and independent.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
PBS: Nature: Speedy Saluki For 6,000 years, the Bedouin have bred Saluki for speed.
AKC Video (link - https://youtu.be/CDNFItkWSZQ
View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel:
Other Names for Breed:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: Middle East
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
Salukis - Dogs Today 2011.pdf
This booklet contains general breed information.
Author: Ken Allan, a leading breeder and supporter of the breed.
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care events.
The Breed Archive (International): https://breedarchive.com/home/index (includes several breeds: Azawakh, finnish lapphund, Italian greyhound, Saluki and Whippet)
The Saluki listing https://saluki.breedarchive.com/ includes 45748 Dogs, with registration statistics for multiple countries.
Map: Birth rates per country and year of birth https://saluki.breedarchive.com/statistics/birthrate
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
Page includes links to breed health information, health management tools, health research as well as a Health Survey - 2013.
Sweden: Heart screening results
Finland: 2015: http://www.saluki.fi/jalostus/terveyskysely-2015/
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
Saluki Welfare - an organisation set up by breeders in the 60’s to take care of Salukis that could not be looked after by their owners; also provides some support in terms of healthcare.
Saluki Studies supported by Saluki Health Research, Inc.
In addition to Health Research information, Health Conference reports and health articles are available.
The document below was prepared by MaryDee Sist, DVM for the Saluki World Congress in Helsinki, Finland, June 2008
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Finland: Suomen Salukikerho Ry. http://www.saluki.fi/
UK: Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club http://www.salukiclub.co.uk
The Northern Saluki Club: http://www.northernsalukiclub.co.uk
Sweden: Svenska Salukiringen: https://www.saluki.se/index.php/sv/: