saluki breed information
common health issues
The Saluki’s nicknames, the Royal Dog of Egypt and the Persian Greyhound, give you a hint as to both her origins and her storied history. One of the oldest breeds of domesticated dogs, she has served as the companion of Egyptian pharaohs and ancient Chinese Emperors. The Saluki of today began to emerge around 1840, when pairs were imported to England and began to gain popularity.
The Saluki’s long, lean shape is similar to a Greyhound, and she shares their talent for speed, especially over long distances. Her coat can be either smooth or feathered, with the feathered variety displaying long, silky hair on the tail, back of the legs and thighs. Shedding is minimal, though she still needs regular brushing and bathing.
Today’s Saluki is a natural hunter at heart, so she’ll chase anything that moves! Like many hunting breeds, she is independent, reserved and intelligent, so patience and plenty of training and socialization from an early age are required. She can be affectionate with her family members, but those who work long hours may want to consider that she can get bored easily, and should not be left at home unattended for long periods of time (or mischief may result!).
Despite their distinguished history, Salukis are still prone to some hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health — not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Salukis are prone to include heart conditions such as cardiac tumors and cardiomyopathy; eye conditions such as cataracts; and cancers such as lymphoma and liver cancer.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Saluki inherits more than a swift, speedy gait, you’re covered.