SalukiFri, May 25, 2012,
The Saluki, also known as the "Royal Dog of Egypt" is one of the world's oldest breeds of domestic dog. Images of the Saluki have appeared on Egyptian tombs dating back to 2134 BC. The breed was first brought to Europe during the crusades. They are sight hounds and traditionally travelled with nomadic desert tribes as used to hunt animals as large as gazelles!
Their silky fur comes in two varieties, smooth and feathered. The feathered texture is more common, with long fur growing on their ears, backs of their legs and tail. Their head is long and narrow with large eyes and drop ears. Their coats cow in a variety of colours including cream, red, black, tan and white.
Although the greyhound is commonly known as the fastest dog in the world, the Saluki can also run! The 1996 edition of the Guinness Book of Records lists a Saluki as being the fastest dog, reaching a speed of 42.8 mi per hour.
They are an independant breed that requires an owner who will be a patient trainer. If properly trained, they are a gentle, affectionate, intelligent and sensitive breed. That said, due to their high level of intelligence, these dogs tend to get bored eerily and should not be left along for long periods of time. Common health issues include cancer, heart problems and hip displasia.
The normal size range for the breed is 23–28 inches (58–71 cm) high at the withers and 40–60 pounds (18–27 kg) in weight, with females being slightly smaller than males.
If you're looking to add one of these loveable hounds to your family, the Saluki Club of America is a perfect place to start.