History & Overview
The Saluki is a hunting and coursing hound. Its appearance gives an impression of grace and symmetry and of great speed and endurance coupled with strength and activity. There are two varieties of Salukis: one has slight feathering on the legs, backs and the thighs and ears; the other has no feathering. The coat on both is smooth, soft and silky and comes in white, cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle, tan, tricolor, or black and tan. Salukis are quiet, gentle dogs that do best in country settings. The general impression revolves around grace and symmetry, complemented by strength and endurance.
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. Originally each tribe had Salukis best suited for hunting the particular game in its own area. However, according to Middle East traditions, Salukis are not to be bought or sold but presented as marks of honour, and those presented to the Europeans, and brought to Europe came from a wide variation of terrain and climate and varied accordingly.
The Saluki can be trusted not to knock down a small child, as he is not naturally rough with people. He will not submit to rough handling by a child just because it is the child of the house but will get up and leave the child alone. He is a devoted watchdog, but cannot be classed as a child’s companion. The Saluki is not a one-man dog, and prefers to stay with the family. He does not transfer from one home to another easily but will adapt to a new loving home. They love to move freely, but will not willingly follow a lure down a straightaway, but will eagerly pursue a rabbit when it is allowed.
The British 1923 standard was the first official European breed standard for the Saluki and was drawn up to cover all these original types of Saluki. The ideal height is 23 – 28 inches at shoulders. The coat is smooth and of soft silky texture, slight feather on the back, legs and thighs. The colors are:
- Black And Tan
- Grizzle And Tan
- Tricolor (White, Black And Tan)