Salukis can live up to 16 years of age.
Average size and weight
56cm to 71cm
20kg to 30kg
Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
Bred to share the family home, Salukis are an extremely gentle breed. A medium sized, moderate dog built for extreme speed and endurance. There are smooth coated and feathered varieties, the latter with silky fringes mainly on the ears and tail. It is a watchdog that will warn of intruders, but will not attack. Salukis are trustworthy, tolerant and are affectionate with children.
Compatibility with other pets
Salukis will get on well with other pets (including cats), when brought into the home at a young age and properly introduced. As with any other breed older animals will require more time to settle into a new environment.
Salukis ideally require a large well-fenced yard and their own comfortable sheltered accommodation. A Saluki should be walked regularly, especially if it has to be left alone all day. The Saluki is social, not solitary.
Young Salukis need training in the social graces and the socialisation of pups is extremely important in producing a well-adjusted adult. Lack of human affection, boredom and frustration can produce acts of defiance and destruction.
An active lifestyle is not a prerequisite in owning a Saluki, but a prospective owner must have ample time to provide proper exercise and grooming.
Decision time (resources provided by Kennel Club):
Before making a decision on getting a puppy, here are some articles you might find helpful:
What do I need to consider when thinking of buying a puppy?
How do I find the right breeder, what should I ask them?
How do you check if the breeder is reputable?
What to ask your vet prior to buying a puppy?
Where to find dogs (resources provided by the Kennel Club):
Find out about important information about purchasing dogs from pet shops and traders