Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Breed spotlight: Saluki

The Saluki looks graceful and fragile, but don’t be fooled by appearances - this is a marathon runner with great strength and endurance. They run at the speed of Greyhounds and can keep the pace over distance.

This is the royal dog of Egypt, and the Saluki is believed to be the oldest breed of domesticated dog. They are independent, gentle, and loyal, but they work alone. No one can keep up with a Saluki!

These dogs are so fast they’ve been used to hunt Gazelles - the fastest of Antelopes. They even have padded feet to minimize the impact of excessive running.

Their hunting instinct is deeply rooted, and the dogs will give chase if something runs. When it comes to grooming, they require weekly brushing and an occasional bath.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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