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 to enable
it to kill gazelle or other quarry over deep sand or rocky
mountain. The expression should be dignified and gentle with
deep, faithful, far-seeing eyes.
Smooth variety : the points should be the same with the exception
of the coat which has no feathering.
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.
BODY : 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.
LIMBS FOREQUARTERS : 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
GAIT / MOVEMENT : smooth, flowing and effortless at trot.
Light and lifting showing both reach and drive without hackney
action or pounding.
COAT : 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.
SIZE : 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.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.