A member of the Hound Group, The Saluki, the royal dog of Egypt, is perhaps the oldest known breed of domesticated dog.
It is identified by some historians as "a distinct breed and type as long ago as 329 B.C. - when Alexander the Great invaded India." There are several stone inscriptions depicting the young King Tutankhamen hunting with his pair of royal dogs of this breed.
The whole appearance of this breed should give an impression of grace, symmetry, great speed and endurance, coupled with strength and activity, to enable it to kill gazelle or other quarry over deep sand or rocky mountains.
Unlike many other dog breeds, these dogs are not viewed as being "unclean" by the Bedouin because of their royal background and their 'clean' living habits. They were actually allowed to sleep inside their owners tents.
Dogs of this breed should average in height from 23 to 28 inches and bitches may be considerably smaller, this being very typical of the breed. The expression of this dog breed should be dignified and gentle with deep, faithful, far-seeing eyes.
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The Saluki is an active breed who likes the outdoors yet should never be left off a leash or left to roam outside of a fenced yard. Adequate fencing is an absolute must since these dogs can easily jump a five-foot fence if they so desire - when ever they want.
These dogs make wonderful pets and they show great attachment for his owner and is an affectionate dog who thrives in families where he is the focus of attention.
Country of origin: Egypt Lifespan: 10-12 years Colors: Any Known health problems: Eye problems, cancer