Neshama Tova Salukis Israel

Preservation breeding of working and show salukis

About the Saluki breed

Although the breed appears graceful and fragile, don’t be fooled – the Saluki is an avid hunter and possesses the strength and endurance to chase quarry over long distances and difficult terrain. Today, this sight hound is popular at lure coursing events and in the show ring. Salukis can be coated (with feathering on the ears and tail) or smooth. In both varieties, colors include white, cream , grey , fawn , golden , red , grizzle , tricolor, black & tan , white with spots (Parti), black with white on the chest and brindle with white .


A Look Back
The royal dog of Egypt, the Saluki is perhaps the oldest known breed of domesticated dog. They were held in such great esteem that their bodies were often mummified like the bodies of the Pharaohs themselves. The breed was originally used by the Arabs to track and bring down gazelle, the fastest of the antelopes and hares . When the Saluki was first imported to England in 1840, they were used primarily to hunt hare mostly . The first breed standard was written at 1923 in England and sense was changed few times .



Independent and cat-like, the Saluki is a typical hound – he can be taught obedience, but requires patience and consistency from his owner. The breed will instinctively run after anything that moves, so they must be kept on leash or in a safe area during their daily exercise. A clean breed, Saluki coats shed little, but they still require weekly brushing . Salukis need to exercise daly and then they are very calm at home .

Saluki do not feet for living out side and needs to be close to their humens . 
As puppies they need alote of exposure to the real world to grow up with stable nature and good personalety . They r very loyal . Even that alote would say that saluki is not a dog for family with children , I would say they are !

Both saluki and baby pic r by Bianca Kussberger , Germany and the salukis are both from Neshama Tova breeding <3 

The saluki history goes back about 10000 years ago what makes it even harder to summarize , there for , u have many links to movies and written info below  . The breed was called in few names between them Gazelle houns , Parsian Greyhound , royal dog of Egypt , El Hur (means "nobel") and many more . The salukis were mentioned in the Jewish bible and Islamic Qur'an . Possible to find alote of proofs for the breed being there for a long time between them mummified salukis , sculptures and paintings .
People who don't know the breed would say that salukis looks thin , but for saluki to be in good shape , it is even recomended that 2-3 ribes will be showen . To every little thing in the saluki structure there is a reason , when u thin it is easyer to run faster , the almond small eyes - for not having easly eye infection from the desert sand , the deep chest for having place for a big heart who could "work" when they are in full speed action and so on .
Salukis are known for not having a "doggy" smell and for not arouse ellergies .  

Health - some "western" lines have heart problems , eye problems and thyroid problems - this days it is very commen to check those 3 things before breeding . I think that one of the reasons for those problems , to come up are that the breeding population of the breed , was small and include not enough options . The beduins were always on the move , what gave them more opportunitys for new blood lines or exchanging salukis between them .
The beduins didn't had much options for taking care of the weak once and there for , only the strong and healthy were survived long enough to be breed from .
HOPE U WILL ENJOY THE REST INFO BELLOW   , if you have any more ideas for links I could add , I would love to read from you at [email protected] 




Link to a short Arabian Saluki Center movie

Arabian Salukis Center 1 (from ask Ali show)

Arabian Salukis Center 2  (from ask Ali show)

 Salukis - writen info

Saluki Breed Standard
Sighthound Group , 10th FCI group

FCI-Standard N° 269 / 29. 11. 2000 / GB
Proposed by Mrs Karin Hedberg (Sweden), Mrs Ute Lennartz (Germany), Dr. Alain Campagne (France), Mr. Terry Thorn (Great-Britain), Raymond Triquet, as President of the Standard Commission of the F.C.I.
ORIGIN : Middle East / FCI Patronage.
UTILIZATION : Hunting and coursing hound.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 10 Sighthounds .
Section 1 Long haired or fringed Sighthounds. 
Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : Salukis vary in type and the variation is desired and typical for the breed. The reason for the variation is the special place held by the Saluki in the Arab tradition and the immense size of the Middle East area where the Saluki has been used as a hound of the chase for thousands of years. Originally each tribe had Salukis best suited for hunting the particular game in its own area, but by Middle East tradition, Salukis are not bought or sold but presented as marks of honour. It follows that those presented as such to Europeans and brought to Europe came from a wide variation of terrain and climate and vary accordingly. The British 1923 standard was the first official European breed standard for the Saluki and was drawn up to cover all these original types of Saluki.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : The whole appearance of this breed should give an impression of grace and symmetry and of great speed and endurance coupled with strength and activity.
Smooth variety : the points should be the same with the exception of the coat which has no feathering.

• The length of the body (from point of shoulder to point of buttock) is approximately equal to the height at the withers, although the dog often gives the impression of being longer than he really is.

BEHAVIOUR TEMPERAMENT : Reserved with strangers, but not nervous or aggressive. Dignified, intelligent and independent.

HEAD : Long and narrow, the whole showing nobility.

Skull : Moderately wide between ears, not domed.
Stop : Not pronounced.

Nose : Black or liver brown.
Jaws/Teeth : Teeth and jaws are strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite.
Eyes : Dark to hazel and bright, large and oval, but not prominent. The expression should be dignified and gentle with faithful and far-seeing eyes.
Ears : Long and covered with long silky hair, set on high, mobile, hanging close to the skull.

NECK : Long, supple and well muscled.

Back : Fairly broad.
Loin : Slightly arched and well muscled.
Croup : Hipbones set wide apart.
Chest : Deep, long and moderately narrow. Neither barrel ribbed nor slab sided.
Underline : Well tucked up.

TAIL : Long, set on low and carried naturally in a curve, well feathered on the underside with long silky hair, not bushy. 
In adults not carried above the topline except in play. Tip reaching at least to the point of hock.


Shoulders : Well laid back, well muscled without being coarse.
Upper arm : Approximately equal in length to the shoulder blade and forming a good angle with it.
Forearm : Long and straight from elbow to wrist.
Pasterns : Strong and flexible, slightly sloping.
Front feet : Feet of moderate length, toes long and well arched, not splayed, but at the same time not cat-footed; the whole being strong and supple; feathered between the toes.

HINDQUARTERS : Strong, showing galloping and jumping power.
Upper and lower thighs : Well developed.
Stifle : Moderately bent.
Hocks : Well let down.
Hind feet : Similar to front feet.

GAIT / MOVEMENT : smooth, flowing and effortless at trot. Light and lifting showing both reach and drive without hackney action or pounding.


HAIR : Smooth and of a soft, silky texture, feathering on the legs and at the back of thighs, feathering may be present on the throat in adults, puppies may have slight woolly feather on thighs and shoulders. The smooth variety has no feathering.

COLOUR : Any colour or combination of colours is permissible. Brindles are undesirable.

Height at withers : Average between 58 - 71 cm (23-28 inches) bitches proportionally smaller.

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


Hound group , AKC + CKC group 2
Long and narrow, skull moderately wide between the ears, not domed, stop not pronounced, the whole showing great quality. Nose black or liver. Ears Long and covered with long silky
 hair hanging close to the skull and mobile. Eyes Dark to hazel and bright; large and oval, but not prominent. Teeth Strong and level.

Long, supple and well muscled.

Deep and moderately narrow.

Shoulders sloping and set well back, well muscled without being coarse. Forelegs Straight and long from the elbow to the knee.

Strong, hipbones set well apart and stifle moderately bent, hocks low to the ground, showing galloping and jumping power.

Loin and Back
Back fairly broad, muscles slightly arched over loin.

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.

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

Smooth and of a soft silky texture, slight feather on the legs, feather at the back of the thighs and sometimes with slight woolly feather on the thigh and shoulder.

White, cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle and tan, tricolor (white, black and tan) and black and tan.

General Appearance 
The whole appearance of this 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 very typical of the breed.

The Smooth Variety
In this variety the points should be the same with the exception of the coat, which has no feathering.


 The Saluki, royal dog of Egypt, is perhaps the oldest known breed of domesticated dog. They are identified by some historians as "a distinct breed and type as long ago as 329 B.C. when Alexander the Great invaded India." Earliest known carvings look more like Salukis than any other breed: they have a Greyhound body with feathered ears, tail and legs. This same exact hound also appears on the Egyptian tombs of 2100 B.C. and again in more recent excavations of the Sumerian empire, estimated at 7000-6000 B.C. The Saluki was so esteemed that his body was often mummified like the bodies of the Pharaohs themselves. The remains of numerous specimens have thus been found in the ancient tombs of the Upper Nile region.

As the desert tribes were nomadic, the habitat of the Saluki comprised the entire region from the Caspian Sea to the Sahara. Naturally the types varied somewhat in this widely scattered area-mostly in size and coat.

Salukis were first brought into England in 1840 and were known as Persian Greyhounds. There was no real interest until the Hon. Florence Amherst imported the first Arabian Saluki in 1895 from the kennels of Prince Abdulla in Transjordania.

Having tremendous speed, the Saluki was used by Arabs principally in bringing down the gazelle. In England, the dog was used largely on hares. Regular coursing meets are held with judging based on ability to turn quickly and over take the hare in the best possible time. The Saluki hunts largely by sight although he has a fair nose.

The Saluki was a well-established breed in England for a number of years before he began to come into his own in this country. It was not until November 1927 that the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.

The standard is from the AKC home page