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..
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Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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