Sunday, April 17, 2011

Saluki

Saluki
The Saluki is one of the oldest of all dog breeds, as images of dogs extremely similar in appearance have been dated to as far back as 5,000 years ago. Mummified Salukis have also been found in tombs, mummified with the likes of Pharoahs. The breed spread far and wide, making its way into China and being brought back to Europe by Romans and later Crusaders. They made their way to America in the late 1800s. Salukis were recognized by the AKC in 1929.

Back then, and now, Salukis were used as hunting dogs. They belong to a specific hunting type known as the sight hounds. These dogs use their eyes to pinpoint prey, and then make use of their exceptional speed to run it down. Many modern Salukis still actively hunt, especially in their home region. In other areas, like in the United States, a canine sport called "Lure Coursing" has been developed to simulate the sight hounds' traditional role.

Running Saluki
Salukis are independent, spirited dogs, sometimes referred to as "cat-like." They can be trained, but it will require patience and practice. They have short coats, with longer hair on the ears and tails, and they come in a wide variety of colors.

If you are interested in owning one of this historic, iconic dogs, a fence is basically a requirement. Due to their long-bred history of hunting, they will instinctively chase after just about anything, so letting them off-leash in a non-enclosed area is a very bad idea.


Location : Originally bred in the Middle East
Size : Height 23-28in (58-71cm), Weight 40-60lbs (18-27kg)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Mammalia -- Order : Carnivora -- Family : Canidae
Genus : Canis -- Species: C. lupus -- Subspecies : C. l. familiaris

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