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Saluki – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium to Large
Weight: 29 to 66 pounds
Height: 23 to 28 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: High
Compatibility to other pets: Low

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The Saluki dog is also known as the Gazelle Hound, Arabian Hound and the Tanji, This greyhound type of dog is closely related to the Afghan Hound of Afghanistan and the Tazi dogs of the Middle Asian region

Official Name

Outside the Middle East region, Saluqi is commonly spelled as Saluki.


Date – 6th Century B.C.E
Country – Parts of Mesopotamia now known as Iraq and Iran in the Middle East
Family / Group – Sight Hound, Hound, Southern

Recognized By:
Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The Saluki dog breed originated in the Middle East and is considered to be one of the most ancient dog breeds still existing today. Although this dog breed’s precise date of origin is unknown, it is widely believed that the Saluki has been in existence since the 6th century B.C.E. They were bred and used in the land covering ancient Mesopotamia, now known as Iraq and some parts of the Iran. Tribesmen of this region bred Saluki dogs as hunters of various game including hares and gazelles. Today, the Saluki dogs that are bred in the Middle East are still used for their original hunting purposes. Those that are bred in the United States are bred popularly as companion pets.


The Saluki dogs are sight hounds that thrive in human companionship. They are not needy but are known to be emotionally sensitive. These are alert and intelligent dogs that loves to run. When at home, Saluki dogs are calm, mild mannered and often display unyielding affection towards their human family.

Bred For

Saluki dogs were originally bred as hunters of various game including hares and gazelles.


Saluki dogs are not suited for city life and they will not be great apartment pets. Cold climate are not preferred. The ideal home of these dogs are rural homes with spacious open ground and warm weather conditions.


The Saluki is considered to be an odor-free dog that is very easy to groom. These dogs shed hair in average amounts.


The Saluki can be trained to a certain a degree but would not be a fully trained dog especially in obedience. They are free- spirited dogs that will not be focused on training. To have them learn a few of the basics, a gentle, firm and confidence training method should be used on these dogs.


These are dogs known to be beleaguered by a variety of hereditary eye problems and numerous kinds of cancers. This breed is prone to get sunburned particularly on and around the muzzle area.


The Saluki dog breed is one of the athletes of the dog universes. They require lots of exercise sessions such as long and brisk walks, jogging and running every day.