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.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 25.10.2000.
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.
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IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
- 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.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Moderately wide between ears, not domed.
Stop : Not pronounced.
FACIAL REGION :
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.
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.
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The history of the closely
tied Saluki to the history of the primitivo man. In antichi times
the primitivo man diffused itself from a part to the other of that
fertile earth known like Mesopotamia. When the primitivo man progred
the being a simple hunter and binder and beginnings to settle down
in villages and divent an agriculturist devout beginnings also to
add meat to its feeding. Little hunters on foot could not hope to
hunt a lot of that game that abounded in the fertile areas of the
Mesopotamia. The primitivo man beginnings to tame the lupo present
in the zone, variet devout a small, light and fast of the lupo that
he lived in the northern devout zones. Through a selective breeding
he obtained the first tamed dog: the Saluki, an able dog to chase
and to hunt prede and to capture them in the hard climate of the
desert. Devout the ancient existing testimony (graffiti) of the
Saluki, known also like Persian levriero, or dated dog gazzella
approximately around to the 14,000 A.C. When civilt the beginnings
to diffuse itself in the Mesopotamia, one of first civilt known was
that one of the Sumeri. They held the Saluki for the hunting and
left many graffiti that represented them. While a civilt it
disappeared and others were born, the Saluki maintained its role of
dog from pursuit. They were the favorite dogs of the Egizi, and were
known like the Real Dogs of Egypt. To the noble ones it was only
granted to hold some. Many have been find to you mummificati in the
tombe with their masters, a sign this of great consideration! There
are many good paintings of the King Tutankamen with its Saluki
favorite. The Egizi sometimes orecchie like pu looking at itself to
them in fact in the deep graffiti of the tombe that they show of the
dogs from the orecchie ritte, thoraxes cut they and long legs. Many
of the first Saluki were totally identical to their siblings
frangiati except that for the frange sericee on the orecchie and the
tail. They were also the dogs of the Bible. When in the Bible it is
spoken about dogs agrees the Saluki. From the fertile area of the
Mesopotamia, the merchants carried the Saluki in all the Middle East
where they became appreciate it to you dogs from pursuit of the trib
nomadic. For many centuries, the nomadic Bedouins have made
confidence on the fast Saluki in order to supply the trib of game to
cook. Bench the dogs were consider impure give it to religion Muslim
you del Arabic world, a special exemption were made for the Saluki.
One believed that the Saluki was a gift of Allah to the trib, and
they called the Saluki "El Hor" that is "the Nobleman". To tutt'
today, in Middle East, the Saluki is going away from the life of the
Bedouins chases to you from the civilizzazione. Little Bedouins go
around themselves in the desert; many prefer to move themselves in
the citt and the role of the Saluki is modifying with this change of
lifestyle. The real families, nobilt and the little trib Bedouins
still today use the Saluki for the hunting. For the principles and
their families, the hunting with the Saluki sport; for the Bedouins
like always be for the survival. To horse between the two centuries,
the Saluki arrived in England. One of the first persons to import
them was the daughter of an eminent egittologo, Lady Florence
Amherst that fond in England the Amherstia breedings its Saluki were
mostly of origin Egyptian. (' race meridionale' devout high, from
long devout legs, with devout boneses to read less and a cape
folto). They were the true levrieri from desert, raise to you aiming
are to the velocit that to the resistance to the environmental
conditions them of the desert. Then those of General Lance came,
which withdrawn from the British army, torn in England with of the
Saluki it acquires to you in Syria. These levrieri (of "northern"
type) instead had been raise to you in order to hunt in uneven, cold
and mountainous lands of Syria, North Iraq and Iran. They were
devout pieces, with heavy skeleton devout, cape devout often and
with devout frangiature. A typical example of this variet was its
preferred dog, Ch Sarona Kelb that was the first Saluki champion in
England; its daughter, Ch Orchard Shahin, were the first female
champion. The line of blood of Kelb in the pedegree of the greater
part of the Saluki English. From the breedings Sarona and Amherstia
and the crossings between the two they came outside the subjects
that diffused the Saluki in America and the greater part of the
western world. The Sarona males and the Amherstia females were
import to you in America and, intercross to you with, divennero the
base of the first breedings Americans.
The Saluki a aggraziato
equilibrium of beauty and funzionalit. The Saluki has a height that
varies from 58 to 71 cm to the garrese and their varied weight from
18 to 30 kg.
The Saluki is fast, agile and a lot leggiadri in
motion. Making part of the group of the dogs from R-a.vista hunting,
the Saluki hunts with the aid of the sight and not of the smelled
one. They have been select to you for being of the runners on the
long distances, possessing at the same time it is the velocit that
the resistance while their cousinses, greyhound and the whippet were
selects to you for being of the velocisti on the short distances.
The velocit of the Saluki be cronometrata beyond the 45 miles to
the hour. Their shape streamlined evoluta for a specific task: the
R-a.vista hunting. Their sight from far away exceptional.
have deep thoraxes, for giving great space to the heart and to the
lungs that are devout large of the normal school in order to decide
of greater quantit of air and blood because of increased
requirementses during the hunting. Their bodies leviga you possess
one low quantit of corporeo fat person, giacch the greater weight
represents mass that must be transported and every gram in devout
reduces theirs velocit. Their long legs that seem fragile are sturdy
and releasing in order to support one maximum acceleration. The
falangi of the foot they are strong and flexible, able to support
the impact of the entire weight of the body when they go to the
gallop in double suspension. Their posterior legs very are muscolate
in order to give it force to they to push themselves to cos high
velocit. Theirs garretti are low regarding the land guaranteeing cos
the principle elasticit. The boneses are sturdy and to crushed
section offering cos to force without superfluous weight to the
contrary of heavy boneses to round section of the greater part of
all the canine others breeds. The long tail has the function of a
rudder in the svoltate ones to high velocit. Quantunque their
witness is snelle and elegant, they possess strong able jaws to land
and to withhold large prede. Their sericeo cape to the tact and
generally short on all the body. The Saluki the only race of dog
with a single layer of fur; they do not have in fact sottopelo for
being able to resist to the high temperatures of the desert. Just
because of this oleoso lack of sottopelo they never the
characteristic "odore of dog". The orecchie, the long tail and the
legs are adorned of frange except in the subjects pertaining to the
variet smooth down. Their thin and dry skin. Their feet "from
lepre", driven in you cover yourself of hair between the fingers
allow without difficolt the race in the high sand. They are a
perfect example of like the Nature has planned an animal for a
specific task. Engineering of their bodies arrogant for a dog from
hunting that must galoppare and that it must carry out fastest
accelerations and race extended for long periods of time. The Nature
has given they moreover great beauty and variet of aspect. Nobody
other race has cos many variations of types (type of the North, the
intermediate South and) and variet of colors. The clear devout
colors are prevailing in the southern zones, where they are
camouflaged better with the color of the desert; the dark devout
colors are often found devout in the northern zones. Some of the
colors to disposition are: cream, fallow deer, golden, grizzle,
grizzle fulvo, grizzle red deer, grizzle silver, grizzle golden and
grizzle black, fulvo, tricolour, white man, black (black and the
brown, tricolour, that it would be black, white man and black brown
and and silver), chocolate and the parts-colors (spotted body color
cream with one of the cited colors over). Many of the solid colors
also are focati. Frange black on the orecchie and the tail
introduces in many subjects color fallow deer or fulvi. All the
colors and their combinations are admitted. The Saluki, that it
seems made of fine china, in realt constructed in sturdy leather.
Its fragile deceptive aspect. Many artists have loved ritrarre the
Saluki just for their lines clean and their gradevole aesthetic
The Saluki comes rilasciati
to the pursuit next to the place where the hawk is going around
itself, to times to miles of distance from the hunters in wait. The
Saluki chooses cos theirs preda and the pursuit has beginning. Some
time the short and fast hunting; but, other times, the pursuit
prolongeds for many miles, putting to hard it tries the fiber and
the cardiac resistance of the Saluki. Once that the preda it comes
seized, it comes held to taken earth from the firm one of the strong
jaws of the Saluki. In practical the religious Muslim the dog does
not have to kill the preda that a rituale for being able must second
be sacrificed from the hunter to obtain meat that pu to be consumed.
The dogs come perci train to you to withhold the preda but not to
kill it. The taken one died them to the throat interrupts afflusso
of oxygen and the cause to preda a loss of attended acquaintance in
of the arrival of the hunter. If the hare-shooting, and the hunter
on foot, the Saluki dovr portargli GO BACK TO LIST one lepre not hurt and
svenuta. From when the Saluki has operated in the hunting without
the directed supervision of their masters, fundamental state that
they had intelligence and independence in order to act in this way
with happening. Così, the heart, intelligence and independence
qualit were largely considered from the Bedouins in the selection
and the breeding of their dogs. The life in the trib of the desert
imposed moreover other requirement. The Bedouins held in great
consideration their Saluki, even allowing they to sleep in theirs
stretch also in order to avoid that they came steals to you from
trib you avail again. Moreover they raised also selecting the
characteristics of riserbo and circospezione in the cares of the
strangers for proteggersi from the thefts. Less the ospitalit of the
Bedouins always be leggendaria and their dogs from hunting they
could not be aggressive in the comparisons of the visitors or other
members of. The result of this selection and training an unwrapped
and become attached dog that with the persons who know but
classified with the strangers. The Bedouins moreover understood that
their dogs did not have to be aggressive with other animals, in how
much they had to cohabit with other Saluki, with the horses, the
camels, the goats and to other types of animals. The Saluki behaves
in this type of situations, in grown particular way if with these
animals well. E' a lot important that the puppys of Saluki are
very socializes perch they to you has the tendency, just for theirs
riserbo and their independence, to to be timid with the strangers or
places or other animals that do not know. A Saluki very socialized
to its comfort ovunque. Intelligence in a dog often an arm to double
quantity cut. Sure a quantitative one of intelligence necessary in
order to train a dog. Too much intelligence and independence pu to
be a problem. A devout dog the much wide awake not always easy
trainable dog. Like the cats, that they have always known ciò, they
are wide awake in order to realize enough that they do not have to
make determined things in order to earn your affection. Cos
"addestrabilit" a deceptive term. The Saluki is not rinomati for
theirs addestrabilit, but for the behavior that satisfies their
masters. In this they are amazingly similar to the cats. Generally
they do not see reasons in order to make things that they do not
want to make. There are much Saluki very trains to you also in
obedience and agility. However different of training patience demand
us and, methods sense of humor much. Attention, that the Saluki does
not understand what you want from they; that they do not understand
perch waited for you that they make one determined what. The greater
part of the methods d training is based on the system of ricompensa
from approval. The dog wants to please to you ago and cos what you
want. This not always works with the Saluki. The need that they have
of your great approval not cos; they are convinced that your
affection does not depend on the fact that they execute a game
correctly. They go cos used other approaches. The two that they work
of devout are the training with the food like prize much or the
training during an amusing game. The Saluki loves the games and is
often disposed to play. Intelligence makes to be born curiosit and
the Saluki one of breeds the devout onlookers that exists. This
aspect leads them in every risen of situations of all the unexpected
ones for a dog. But intelligence also trouble cause. A bored Saluki
a Saluki that is put in the troubles, trying something of new and
exciting making. Their temperament renders them one truly only race.
They are wide awake, curious and rich of inventiveness. They are
joyful, giocherelloni and affectionate. They are is obstinate to
you, have a great sense of the humour (and many are disposed to joke
with their masters and have disturbing abilit in the reasoning (they
would have to be labeled like the engineers of the canine world,
must only be to observe them while they resolve a problem). All they
think to be kind maest and that you are to the world in order to
serve them. They think to be they to dictate the law on same they.
If their confidence and their respect earned you, they will give you
the autorit, but you must deserve it. They have an amazingly good
memory and in the long term, it is for the bad things that for those
good ones. Intelligent and wide awake, they are also much sensitive
and their feelings come hurt from hard words. A strict discipline
renders them introverts and pu to want much time in order to make to
us to improve psychologically them. Also a discipline that previews
corporal punishments always an error with the Saluki. Strong the
devout subjects become are obstinate to you; the devout myths,
introverts. There also one great characterial difference and of
temperament between the males and the females. The males stretch to
being devout unconstrained, devout docile, devout affectionate. The
females of this race are those devout hard, generally. The male
alpha eserciter its autorit on all the dogs of branco unless on the
female the alpha and avr the good sense to leave it to be! The
females are the aggressive huntresses devout, that better oriented
in branco and devout the intelligent ones. If been trying a dog that
to follow adoring your steps expectant it makes you it appeal to and
to obey to your commandos, the Saluki not the dog adapted to you.
For living with the Saluki, you have need to understand them and to
appreciate them for as they they are and to find delight in their
only ones qualit and not to try to transform the behavior of a
Saluki in that one of a Golden Retriever!
The SALUKI E' The JUST
DOG FOR YOU?
The Saluki a truly only
dog. It has the characteristics generates them of the group of the
levrieri from R-a.vista hunting but in some case a lot emphasized.
If been considering to take a Saluki, you must be sure of being able
to accept and to love characteristic following.
A Saluki makes
exactly what it wants to make, that often it differs from what you
want that make.
A Saluki does not learn easy giochetti like a
A Saluki a lot distaccato and often classified
with the strangers. This clearly pu to create resentment in the
persons who have one low consideration of same they.
expects that you deal it like one person. They are creatures who
love the comodit and love living in house and on the divani.
Saluki probably not verr when the calls less than he does not want
A Saluki must be held to the leash or in a recintata
area. The fencing must be high at least 180 cm.
A Saluki pu to
be to times devout elegant of you. Us pu to be enough amusing or
embarrassing to second of the situations.
A Saluki has need much
A Saluki pu to conserve the character from cucciolo
for many years and pu being enough destructive.
A Saluki pu to
put in action of the reprisals if it perceives not to be dealt
If still thoughts that a Saluki pu to be the just dog
for you, then you could be one of the fortunate persons who will
know the Saluki. They in fact have many good ones qualit that they
redeem them wide. Although distaccati with the strangers a Saluki
one indissolubilmente attacks the just person.
A Saluki becomes
in all the senses an other member of the family.
generally has one its personalit much pronounced one!
pu wonderful being!
If a Saluki interests you, please you take
yourselves little of time in order to know it, ve of it you will not
Author: Judy Simpson
Date: 12 July 1995
Translation edited by Marilena Candeloro
STANDARD Not 269/29.11.2000/GB - SALUKI
The total aspect of this
race would have to give to an impression of grace and simmetria and
great velocit and joined resistance to vigor and action.
Variet to short hair: the same characteristics would have to
be ad.eccezione.del the cape that not supplied of frange.
The measure of the length of the body (from the shoulder to
the buttock) approximately equal to the measure of the ' Height, although the dog often d the impression to be devout
along of how much really is.
BEHAVIOR - CHARACTER
: Classified with
the strangers, but not nervous or aggressive. Dignitoso, intelligent
HEAD: tightened and lengthened, than
extension in its complex nobilt of aspect.
Skull: moderately spazioso between the orecchie, not
Stop: not pronounced.
REGION MAKES THEM
Nose: black or brown liver
From dark to nocciola and
dazzling, great and ovals but not sporgenti. The expression would
have to be noble and kind with a loyal look that seems to space far
Lengthened and covered from
long and setoso hair, placed up, furnitures, attacked close to the
The teeth and the jaws are
strong with one perfect, regular and complete closing to scissor.
Along, flexible and
equipped of good musculature.
The measure of the length
of the body (from the shoulder to the buttock) approximately equal
to the measure of the Height, although the dog often
d the impression to be devout along of how much really is.
Back: enough wide
Kidneys: leggermente it arch to
you and very muscolati.
Rump: the boneses iliache very
Thorax: deep, lengthened and moderately tightened.
N to fluted shape of botte n flat laterally.
very folded towards the high.
Shoulders: very placed
GO BACK TO LIST, with good musculature without to appear rough
approximately equal in length to the bachelor one form a good angle
Forearm: along and straight from the elbow to the
Pastorali: strong and flexible, leggermente it tilts
Front feet: feet of moderated length, long fingers
and very arch, not increased but al same time not to shape of cat
foot; all strong and the elastic one; supplied of frange of hair
between the fingers
Strongly, than extension
power to the gallop and the jump
Coscie advanced and
inferior: very developed
Grassella: moderately folded
Garretti: very decreased
Posterior feet: similar to
the front ones
Feet of moderated length,
lengthened fingers and very arch, not spread but at the same time
not to shape of cat foot; strong and altogether flexible; supplied
of hair between the fingers.
Harmonious, fluid and
without effort to the trot; light and raised that extension is
lengthening that pushed without sailing point from ings or heavy
Long, posizionata low and
capacity naturally bent, very supplied of frange long and setose on
the inferior part, not cespugliose. In the adults capacity above the
high point devout of the body does not come. The tip arrives at
least to the height of the garretto.
Smooth, soft and setoso to
the tact, supplied of frange to front legs and on the posterior part
of the coscie; the frange they can be present on the neck in adult
exemplary, the puppys can have one light lanosa down on the coscie
and the shoulders
The variet to hair short it does not
introduce the frange.
Every color or allowed
combination of colors. The not desirable tigrato cape.
medium between 58 - 71 cm (23 - 28 inches), the females in
proportion are devout small.
Every removal from the
exposed points over must be considered a defect and the seriet with
which this defect it goes estimated it would have exactly to be
proporziona them to the entit of its degree.
The males must completely
have two apparently normal testicoli reductions in the scroto.
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