The Saluki is a sighthound that has been in existence for thousands of years. This graceful and sleek dog usually has a weight that averages between 40 and 60 pounds, with females weighing less than males. Their heights are between 23 and 28 inches while they generally have a lifespan ranging from 12 to 14 years. Below are some interesting facts about this symmetrical hunter.

They Hunt By Sight

As you have certainly deduced from the name, sighthounds use their eyes to hunt their prey as opposed to smell or sound like most dogs. These sleek hunters have exceptional eyesight that combines well with their natural speeds to keep prey in sight. A long and slim head also helps to improve the eyesight since they have a full range of vision. Lastly, they are normally bred in open regions like grasslands where they can use their sight exceptionally without inhibitions from vegetation

They Can Run Faster Over Long Distances Than Any Other Breed

Do not be deceived by the delicate appearance of the Saluki. These dogs have an incredible amount of strength and stamina that translates to a high level of endurance. For this reason, together with their padded feet that absorb shock, the Saluki can chase their prey for longer than other dogs regardless of the terrain. On average, Salukis can run up to 42 miles per hour!

They Are Reserved

Naturally, Saluki’s owners do not always accompany these dogs because they run faster than any human being does. For this reason, the Saluki was highly independent and developed a reserved temperament especially around strangers. While this may be a good thing, it can also be a bad thing when it comes to training since they need plenty of patience and gentleness. Owners of this dog will tell you that apartment life is suitable for the Saluki but you should not leave the dog unattended for too long. To help with their timidness, most trainers socialize the dog with others at a young age.

They Are Prone to Some Health Issues

Studies show that the Saluki may be prone to heart problems. Salukis can also develop cancer or arthritis.

They Originate From the Middle East

Historical evidence confirms that these animals originate from the Middle East in the Fertile Crescent region. This place is also where agriculture originated. Dating as far back as more than 5,000 years, the Saluki is one of the oldest dog breeds in the planet today.