The Saluki is a large hound breed and a member of the sighthound family that hunts by sight rather than scent. It is one of the oldest known dog breeds with a graceful and symmetrical appearance. The breed has two varieties; the smooth and the feathered with the latter being more common with feathering on the ears and tail. Both varieties sport long and narrow head with a black or liver nose, dark to hazel bright, large and oval eyes but not prominent as to stand out among the facial features. It also has long pendant ears covered with silky hair and hangs close to the head. The upper teeth closely overlap the lower teeth and are set square to the jaws. A long and well-muscled neck carries the narrow head with grace. The body of the Saluki has a broad back, deep and narrow chest, and long and deep brisket that is supported elegantly by straight, long forelegs and well developed hindlegs cushioned to the ground by strong, supple and well feathered feet. The feathered tail is carried naturally in curve with the tip reaching the hock. It has a smooth and silky coat that comes in any colour or combination of colours other than brindle.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Saluki is one of the most ancient of domesticated dog breeds that originated in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt where it is commonly known as the Royal dog of Egypt. As early as the 2100 B.C. the Saluki has been depicted in ancient Egyptian tombs and was so revered that it is also mummified when it dies just like the Pharaohs themselves. The famous King Tutankhamen was also depicted in a hunting scene with his pair of royal Salukis. The breed was named after the ancient city of Seleucia which is probably the oldest known civilization. The Saluki is considered to be a clean dog in Bedouin tradition and is often referred to as “el hor” or “the noble one” and is considered to be a gift from Allah. Historically speaking, the breed served as a courser that hunted in packs. Its close association with nomadic tribes made it a very adaptable breed and its habitat ranged from the Caspian sea to the Sahara desert which is why the Saluki has had many variations mostly in size and coat. It was introduced in England as the Persian Greyhound around the 1840s. Today, the Saluki functions mainly as a companion dog or as a show dog.
The Saluki is typically a quiet and reserved breed by is very devoted to its human companions. It is a loyal breed and will often form a strong bonding relationship with one member of the family. It does not have a tendency to bark a lot, but when it feels that something is wrong, it usually “sings.” It is very sensitive and highly intelligent and should never be trained using force or hard-handed methods. It has a very strong prey drive that it is not suitable living with small household pets such as guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, and other small animals. It is very difficult to train but makes a very good watchdog mainly due to its wariness towards strangers.
It is very difficult to train but makes a very good watchdog mainly due to its wariness towards strangers. Training should be short and with variation, as the Saluki is a very intelligent breed that quickly learns and gets easily bored with repetition.
The coat is easy to groom and occasional brushing and combing is sufficient to keep it in perfect shape. It is an average shedder and does not have a doggy odour.
The Saluki is a long-lived breed with a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. It is generally a healthy and robust hound dog with no major health concerns. Although cardiomyopathy have been seen it is still a rare occurrence.
Poultry, brown rice, wheat, citrus fruits are easily digested and are ideal for a base diet.
Regular exercise should be given, particularly, daily long walks, jogging, running, or a session of play that involves mental and physical stimulation. It should not be allowed off lead because its strong prey drive can lead the Saluki to chase other animals and can be difficult to stop. It is not recommended for an apartment life and will do best in a house with a yard with adequate fencing as the Saluki can easily jump a five-foot fence. It is also a swift runner and can run at top speeds of 55 kph (40 mph.)
It gets along well with older, more considerate children but is not typically that playful for very young children and may be too slim for rough housing.