The Saluki is a gentle, dignified and loyal dog but independent minded, according to the American Kennel Club. Salukis were first brought to England in 1840. Salukis were widespread throughout the Middle East and in Egypt where they were held in such high esteem that their bodies were mummified with the Pharoahs.
THE SALUKI STANDARD
(Source: American Kennel Club)
Head: Long and narrow, skull moderately wide between the ears, not domed, stop not pronounced, the whole showing great quality. Nose black or liver. Ears: Long and covered with long silky hair hanging close to the skull and mobile. Eyes: Dark to hazel and bright; large and oval, but not prominent. Teeth: Strong and level.
Neck: Long, supple and well-muscled.
Chest: Deep and moderately narrow.
Forequarters: Shoulders sloping and set well back, well muscled without being coarse.
Forelegs: Straight and long from the elbow to the knee.
Hindquarters: Strong, hip bones set well apart and stifle moderately bent, hocks low to the ground, showing galloping and jumping power.
Loin and back: Back fairly broad, muscles slightly arched over loin.
Feet: Of moderate length, toes long and well-arched, not splayed out, but at the same time not cat-footed, the whole being strong and supple and well feathered between the toes.
Tail: Long, set on low and carried naturally in a curve, well feathered on the underside with long silky hair, not bushy.
Coat: Smooth and of a soft silky texture, slight feather on the legs, feather at the back of the thighs and sometimes with slight woolly feather on the thigh and shoulder.
Color: White, cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle and tan, tricolor (white, black and tan), black and tan.
General appearance: The whole appearance of this breed should give an impression of grace and symmetry and of great speed and endurance coupled with strength and activity to enable it to kill gazelle or other quarry over deep sand or rocky mountains. The expression should be dignified and gentle with deep, faithful, far-seeing eyes. Dogs should average in height from 23 to 28 inches and bitches may be considerably smaller, this being typical of the breed.
Did You Know?? The Saluki comes in eleven (11) colors and eight (8) markings???