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Saluki

Fast and robust. (other names: Persian Sighthound, Arabian Hound, Persian Greyhound, Gazelle Hound, Tanji)

Saluki
origin:Middle East
date origin:Antiquity
life expectancy:12 years
classification:Hound
height:56 to 71 cm
weight:20 to 30 kg
exercise: Demandingclimate: Hotgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Demandingsize: Medium
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History [ edit ]

As old as civilization, Saluki may be the oldest domesticated known breed. It is impossible to track with certainty such an ancient breed, but records of the Saluki appear scarce in time, some millenniums before the birth of Christ. Some say that carvings from the Sumerian period are Saluki dogs, more certain seems to be that the Egyptians venerated this breed and that Salukis were mummified and berried in tombs, just like the Egyptians did with Pharaohs. In a carving dating 2100 b.C. are supposedly two Salukis with Tutankhamen.

To the Muslims, dogs are unclean and do not enter their houses. However, Salukis are welcomed inside. They are considered a sacred gift from their God and can´t be sold, only given as a special gesture. Since the Salukis couldn´t be bred with other breeds, Salukis have maintained their appearance over the ages.

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