23-28” (58-71 cm) 29-66 lb (13-30 kg) Feathered: smooth, soft silky coat with slight feathering on legs, back of thighs and tail. Smooth: same coat type, but no feathering. White, cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle and tan, black and tan, tricolour or any variation of these colours.
The Saluki is possibly the first breed ever domesticated by humans. Originating in Syria, it was imported to Egypt, Persia, India and Afghanistan. Its image has been found in tombs well over 5,000 years old. The name likely came from the Arabian town of Saluk, but may have an earlier origin with the Syrian town of Seleukia. The dog’s impressive speed made him a superlative hunter of fast game such as deer, fox, hare and gazelle. Considered a sacred gift of Allah, the breed could never be sold, only gifted. The Saluki came to Europe when Wilfred Jennings-Bramly obtained some from the Tahawi tribe in Northern Egypt. Despite her best efforts, the breed was not recognized by the Kennel Club until after the First World War, in 1923. Around the same time, several dogs were brought to North America, and the breed received recognition in 1927.
Dignified and independent, the Saluki has a deep affection for his people. Sensitive to noisy active children, the breed is best in a fairly quiet home. He is a true hunter and sight hound, and will chase any small prey that catches his eye. Daily runs in a safe high-fenced area are important to keep a Saluki happy.