Species group: Hound Group dogs
Other name(s): Saluqi; Tazi; Gazelle Hound; Persian Greyhound; Royal Dog of Egypt
The graceful Saluki is one of the oldest dog breeds, developed in the Middle East to hunt fast-moving prey like gazelles. This primitive hunting breed is primarily a sighthound but it can also hunt by smell. This leggy aristocrat is an impressive athlete able to leap fences and run as fast as forty-five miles an hour, but (like the Greyhound) it's also capable of chilling out and relaxing at home with its owner. They may do best in the single pet home, since it's difficult for them to resist the urge to give chase.
Like many another aristocrat, they may be aloof and standoffish toward strangers unless you socialize them carefully from an early age.
Appearance / health:
The head is long and narrow. The nose is black or liver. The ears are long and covered with long silky hair hanging close to the skull. The body structure is similar to the greyhound, as seen from their long neck and deep chest. The tail is well feathered and is carried naturally in a curve.
Salukis are odorless dogs that require little grooming. Occasional brushing and combing of the feathered parts of the body is sufficient to keep the coat in good condition. As with all long-eared breeds, their ears require regular cleaning to prevent ear infections.
They require lot of exercise. Long daily walks combined with short sprints keep the dogs healthy and happy. Salukis do well with large yards or open spaces to run freely. If the yard is not fenced, a running Saluki may endanger its own life on a busy road.
Salukis are generally healthy suffering from few health problems. Eye and thyroid problems are seen in some dogs. They do not react well to some medications including anesthetics.
Behavior / temperament:
Salukis are generally a one-person dog. They are wary of strangers, and may not like being touched or stroked by them. In many countries, the Saluki breed is not allowed off lead. Their strong prey drive may be dangerous for smaller animals. Salukis on a chase are hard to stop.
They are amazing runners and can easily jump over a high fence. They have an excellent eye, and can spot prey from a large distance. They are more suited for the experienced owner who understands this breed and has the time for exercise, training, and socialization.
Salukis are perceived as unintelligent. However, this misconception may stem from the difficulty in training a Saluki to perform typical dog tricks. Salukis are highly independent by nature. Repetition bores them, and they need variety in training. Training sessions need to be short and should involve the use of positive reinforcement methods such as praise and food motivation. Harsh training methods are likely to break the spirit of these dogs. Socialization with different people and situations is necessary to prevent undue aggression or shyness in the breed.
Salukis are not very noisy. They do not bark much. However, their bark may sound like singing. They occasionally tend to howl.
sweet loving looks, beautiful dogs, affectionate dog, easy dog
barkers, low fences, stranger, frustratingly picky eater, small animals
poor recall, long ear hair, positive reinforcement training, Chasing gazelle
Kalief the Saluki
Kalief was always quick to learn and loved to play. He was also a very affectionate dog.
Salukis shed very little and have big paws designed for running on sand. Kalief was bred as a working dog and had less of the long ear hair that is common in most of his breed.
He would never go more than twenty meters from me on a walk and could go left and right on command, find someone hiding and would come to a whistle.
Kalief would, if he could find a way out of the garden, nip to the pub and raid their bins before coming home looking happy.
When stood on his back legs could reach the top of our six foot fence and he easily jumped low fences.
If you closed him in a room he would simply open the door and let himself out and when I was cooking he would sneak up behind me and put his front paws on my shoulders. I would often wake up during the night to find him stood staring at me almost nose to nose with me.
He was a very easy dog to look after and even learned to go to the toilet on command. I would definitely get another..
From CathyCaffy Sep 11 2013 4:44AM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 56 days ago
When Harry Didn't Meet Sally
About a year after our Lab passed away, we adopted a Saluki, and it was at best a mixed experience. She was shy, which we initially attributed to stress from her having been moved from her original family, to the new environment of our home. But she never really warmed to us after that. I wouldn't exactly call her 'aloof', but she definitely wasn't the most affectionate dog in the world. And she seemed extremely sensitive; even a friendly bit of clamor in the kitchen, like the kids coming in after a soccer game, upset her a bit. She was also a frustratingly picky eater - and worst of all, would periodically suddenly start refusing whatever expensive food she'd finally acquiesced to. We talked to the vet about it, and the verdict was that there were no deficiencies or other physical explanations; she was just a fussy eater.
There's no such thing as a 'bad' dog, it's just a question of the right fit, and for some reason, Sally the Saluki wasn't that fit for us. (Or maybe we weren't the right fit for her.).
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