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Saluki Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 23-28”
Weight: 29-66 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Saluki in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Black and silver
  • Black and tan
  • Black tan and white
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate and tan
  • Cream
  • Fawn
  • Golden
  • Red
  • Silver
  • White

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 10-12 years
The Saluki is known to be a relatively healthy breed of pup. This purebred is strong and hardy. If you want to ensure the health of your pup, it is important to work with a reputable breeder who screens all of his or her dogs. While this is a healthy breed, there are some medical concerns that you need to keep an eye out for. Some of those concerns include sunburn, eye diseases, and cancer.

Since the coat on your Saluki is thin, you need to keep an eye out for sunburn when your pup goes outside. It is important that you provide shade for your dog so that they can get out of the heat and direct sunlight.

Eye diseases may show up in your pup and are often passed down from the parents. One of the eye diseases you need to be worried about is progressive retinal atrophy. This is a progressive disease that will eventually lead to blindness in your pup.

Lastly, cancer may appear in your Saluki. It is difficult to determine which types of cancers may be present, so regular screenings with your vet are important. If you ever feel as though there is something wrong with your pup, let your veterinarian know quickly.

The Saluki has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

The Saluki is often referred to as a pup that is independent yet gentle with a ton of energy. This breed is well-known for their stamina and how well they can run and leap hurdles. You will find that your pup may take off running quickly and moves with grace and speed.

This breed is quite independent and you do not need to tend to him or her all of the time. You will find that your pup goes and does things on his or her own and you will not trip over your pup every time you try to move around the house.

While independent, your Saluki will come to you for love and a scratch. This pup will likely bond especially well with one member of the family, but will show love to all. This breed is good with kids when trained from a young age and can get along with other animals, but should be socialized and trained with smaller animals.

Your Saluki needs to receive exercise to stay healthy, and this is a great way for you and your pup to bond together. You will find that since your Saluki does have a lot of stamina, he or she can go on long walks and hikes.

The Saluki is fairly easy to train, but you do need to be patient. Since they are independent, you will find that a stubborn streak is not uncommon, so it is up to you to remain consistent and firm throughout this time. Doing so will lead to positive results.


The Saluki is easy to groom and that is why many people love to own this breed. In fact, you never have to worry about odor with this pup, as he or she is odorless and does not shed much at all.

When it comes to your pup’s coat, you will find that you only need to brush it once a week or so to ensure it stays groomed and soft. There is not much else that you have to do with the coat, which makes this breed simple to own.

A bath is not necessary unless your pup gets into a stinky patch of something or becomes very dirty. You will find that when you do bathe your pup, a mild shampoo is best as it will not cause any skin irritation that other shampoo soaps may.

You should clean your pup’s ears at least once per week to prevent an ear infection and to monitor the health of your pup’s ears. If you do need to clean out any wax or buildup, make sure to clean the outer portion of the ear and never stick anything directly into the canal.

Lastly, always keep your pup’s nails trimmed monthly and do not allow them to become overgrown as this can be painful for your pup.


Your Saluki will consume anywhere between 2.5 cups and 3 cups of food per day. You should feed your pup a high-quality food that allows him or her to receive the nutrients needed to live a healthy life.

The best dry kibble for your dog is going to be one that is made with the best, all-natural ingredients. You want to avoid foods that claim to be healthy, but actually contain fillers and by-products. These foods will not provide your pup with the nutrients they need.

Some Saluki owners like to feed their pup a raw diet, which can provide all of the nutrients your pup needs too. A raw diet includes fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, rice, and similar.

If you are unsure of what to feed your Saluki, speak with your veterinarian to find out what he or she recommends.

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A Saluki puppy will cost you about $600 to purchase. You will find that the price of the puppy varies depending on the breeder you select and also the sex of the puppy you choose. It is unlikely that you will find this breed in a shelter for adoption.

When it comes to the cost of your Saluki puppy, you also need to take into account other things that you will need to pay for to keep your pup healthy. For example, you will need to pay for vet checkups, vaccines, and even preventative medications such as heartworm and flea formulas.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Saluki likes to be a member of the family, but tends to bond closely with only one member of the family. You will find that your pup does need exercise, but he or she is extremely easy to care for and does not have an odor. This breed is considered to be healthy and will provide you with the love and laughs you expect from a dog. This breed ranks a 1.


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