Breed Order: 141
Breed Name: Saluki
Origin: Arabian peninsula
The saluki is the oldest of the sighthound varieties and is unique in the canine world since for thousands of years it has remained pure and been kept from interbreeding. Representations of the saluki dating back to about 600O BC illustrate that many of the finer points required of show dogs today were evident in the breed even then.
Since ancient times the saluki has been the prized companion of the desert. Bedouins, well adapted as it is for workas a hound in the dry, burning desert. Arabs value high the saluki, which may even be permitted to share its Owner's quarters. In the West, the saluki is kept almost exclusively as a pet.
The body is lithe and graceful. the head finely chiseled and proudly carried. The coat is smooth and silky with long feathering on the ears and on the long. low-carried tail.
Colours and sizes vary a great deal; dogs stand 23-28in at the shoulder, while bitches are proportionately smaller.
There is also a smooth-coated variety of the saluki which completely lacks feathering on ears and tail, but is in all other respects the same.
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