Origin and Purpose
Saluki is one of the oldest known breeds of dogs. It
has existed, virtually unchanged, for many thousands
of years. It was originally bred by the Arab
tribesmen for bringing down game and was considered a
sacred gift of God by the tribesmen. In Arabic, an
ordinary dog is called kelb while the Saluki is El
Hor, The Noble One.
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 23-28 inches (58-71 cm), and bitches may
be considerably smaller, this being very typical of
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.
White, cream, fawn,
golden, red, grizzle and tan tricolour (white, black
and tan), black and tan, or any of the aforementioned
colours and white.
Long and narrow. Skull
moderately wide between the ears, not domed, stop not
pronounced, the whole showing great quality. Nose
black or liver. Teeth strong and level; eyes dark to
hazel and bright large and oval, but not prominent;
ears long and covered with long silky hair,hanging
close to the skull and mobile.
Long, supple, and well
Shoulders sloping and
set well back, well muscled without being coarse.
Forelegs straight and long from the elbow to the
Back fairly broad,
muscles slightly arched over loin. Chest deep and
Strong, hip bones set
well apart and stifle moderately bent, hocks low to
the ground, showing galloping and jumping power.
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.
Long, set on low and
carried naturally in a curve, well feathered on the
underside with long, silky hair, not bushy.
In this variety, the
points should be the same with the exception of the
coat which has no feathering.
Canadian Kennel Club
Official Breed Standard