Saluki Breed Information

Salukis are a member of the ‘Hound’ breed group. The Hound group include breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or sight. They require a substantial amount of exercise and are considered to be aloof but trustworthy dogs.

Salukis are known to be gentle, quite sensitive and sometimes reserved, often aloof with strangers. They need weekly brushing, but their longer feathering will need grooming more regularly to prevent their coats from becoming matted.

Breed-related health problems:

Owners are, understandably, upset when their dog develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that Salukis are prone to include:

  • Heart problems
  • Haemangiosarcoma – malignant tumour of the lining of the blood vessels
  • Hip dysplasia – hip joint laxity as a result of poor development, which will eventually lead to arthritis.
  • Hypothyroidism – a condition in which there’s a decrease in thyroid hormone production.

For some conditions, there are screening programmes available through the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club. The Canine Health Schemes allow breeders to screen for a range of inherited diseases, so it’s a good idea to check the parents of any puppy you’re looking to rehome have been screened under these schemes. We’d also recommend discussing the medical history of your potential puppy’s parents and grandparents, and think very carefully before taking on a dog with any of the health conditions listed above evident in the family line.

You can find out more about the Canine Health Schemes on the BVA's website.

Exercise requirements:

Salukis need over 2 hours of exercise daily. Salukis do have a strong chase instinct, so be aware of this if they are around other pets at home and when out and about. For this reason, exercising in a contained area is important, as once the chase instinct has kicked in, it can be hard to regain their attention – so bear this in mind when training, as even basic training – and especially recall – will not always be easy. To learn more about reward-based training for your dog, visit our dog behaviour page where you can pick up plenty of tips to help you and your canine companion better understand each other.

Estimated lifetime cost:

The likely lifetime costs for a Saluki are based on estimates calculated using current market prices and include:

The list above does not include veterinary costs if your pet becomes sick or injured, so these average lifetime costs could be even higher.

Insure your Saluki with PDSA:

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Salukis that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  • 5 Star Pet Insurance* - from the vet experts
  • 4 levels of cover to suit you
  • Monthly payment at no extra cost

*Defaqto 5 Star rating applies to our Plus and Premier policies only. Defaqto’s Star Ratings provide an independent assessment of the quality of financial products.

By insuring your Saluki with PDSA you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.

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Average lifespan 12-14 years
Size Large
Coat length Short
Possible health problems Heart problems, Haemangiosarcoma
Average price £500-£800
Estimated cost over lifetime £27,100-£30,800
Average weight 16kg-29.5kg
Breed group Hound
Minimum garden size Large

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