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.
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 Salukis 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 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.
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 agressive. Dignified, intelligent and independent.
HEAD: Long and narrow, the whole showing nobility.
Skull: Moderately wide between ears,
Nose: Black or liver brown.
NECK: Long, supple and well muscled.
Back: Fairly broad.
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.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Smooth, flowing and effortless at trot. Light and lifting showing both reach and drive without hackney action or pounding.
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.