Amrika Salukis

My love affair with the Saluki

The Breed

The Saluki has a head that is long and narrow, skull moderately wide between the ears, not domed, stop not pronounced, the whole showing great quality. The nose is black or liver. the ears are long and covered with long silky hair hanging close to the skull and mobile. The eyes are dark to hazel and bright; large and oval, but not prominent.

The Saluki's neck is long, supple, and well-muscled.

The chest is deep and moderately narrow.

The Saluki's shoulders are sloping and set well back, well muscled without being coarse.

The forelegs are straight amd long from the elbow to the knee.

The Saluki's hindquarters are strong, with hip bones set well apart and stifle moderately bent, with hocks that are low to the ground, showing galloping and jumping power.

The back is fairly broad, with muscles that are slightly arched over the loin.

The Saluki's feet are of moderate length, toes long and well-arched, not splayed out, but at the same time not cat-footed, the whole being strong and supple and well feathered between the toes.

The tail is long, set on low and carried naturally in a curve, well feathered on the underside with long silky hair, not bushy.

The Saluki coat is smooth and of a soft silky texture, with a slight feather on the legs, feather at the back of the thighs and sometimes with slight woolly feather on the thigh and shoulder.

The color is white, cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle and tan, tricolor (white, black and tan), black and tan.

The whole appearance of the breed should give an impression of grace and symmetry and of great speed and endurance coupled with strength and activity to enable it to kill gazelle or other quarry over deep sand or rocky mountains. The expression should be dignified and gentle with deep, faithful, far-seeing eyes. Dogs should average in height from 23 to 28 inches and bitches may be considerably smaller, this being typical of the breed.

There is also a smooth variety where most points are the same with the exception of the coat, which has no feathering.