Saluki

Saluki

Salukis are very fast, very ancient dogs. Some believe they were the first domesticated breed. Salukis are sighthounds, but today they are mainly companion dogs. Today, this is a particularly rare breed.

Illustration courtesy of the American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 23-28in

Female: 23-28in

Weight

Male: 35-70lb

Female: 35-70lb

Fun Fact

Salukis need a softer bedding than other dogs because they don’t have enough body fat to provide a natural cushion.

About this Breed

The Saluki is an ancient dog built for running. There are carvings depicting Salukis from 7,000-6,000 B.C. during the Sumerian empire. These dogs are from the Middle East and have therefore encountered many ancient civilizations over thousands of years. They are considered the Royal Dog of Egypt. Nomadic Muslims believed the Saluki was a gift from Allah. Salukis could also be found throughout the Persian empire. These dogs are very fast, which made them phenomenal hunting dogs. Their hearts are proportionally bigger than most other breeds, which allows them to run for very long distances. Salukis still love to run and require regular daily exercise. They can do well in most environments as long as they get that exercise. Since they are sighthounds, it is best to keep them away from smaller animals and leashes are a must. This is a clean, low-shedding breed. Salukis can be quite independent, but they absolutely adore their own people.

Salukis on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Saluki ancestry.

  • Silver

    Silver

    Purebred

    Samra

    Samra

    Purebred

    Tavi

    Tavi

    Purebred

    Taj

    Taj

    Purebred

  • Sahara

    Sahara

    Purebred

    Larissa

    Larissa

    Purebred

    Habibi

    Habibi

    Purebred

    Phinn

    Phinn

    Purebred

  • Nova

    Nova

    Purebred

    Yeager

    Yeager

    Purebred

    Najma

    Najma

    Purebred

    Sarab

    Sarab

    Purebred

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Angus
  2. Chromie
  3. Cosmos
  4. Dunsmuir-Kushryn As You Wish
  5. Echo
  6. Ember
  7. Fawad
  8. Garamiyas Mago Mahyar for Greendale
  9. Gee
  10. 3394-Zeeba

For Females

  1. Samra
  2. Desi
  3. Hayat Sarea All Y’allah
  4. Frannie
  5. Freespirits Nefer Ka Silk Road
  6. FU
  7. Faith
  8. Jubilee
  9. Khalee
  10. Caldera

Common Locations

  1. England, United Kingdom
  2. California, United States
  3. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  4. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  5. Scotland, United Kingdom
  6. Indiana, United States
  7. Sweden
  8. North Carolina, United States
  9. Colorado, United States
  10. Doha, Qatar

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