Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

United Kennel Club

Saluki

Saluki

Saluki


ORIGIN

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FCI
Middle East.

PATRONAGE

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FCI
FCI.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
25.10.2000.
KC
April 2012

UTILISATION

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FCI
Hunting and coursing hound.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 10Sighthounds
Section 1Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds
Without working trial

KC
Hound
UKC
Sighthound/Pariah

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
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.
UKC
The Saluki is one of the oldest known breeds and has existed for thousands of years. It was originally bred and owned by Arab tribesmen, who used its sighthound abilities for hunting. Considered a sacred gift from God, Salukis were never sold but given as an honored gift. The Saluki was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1956.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
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.
KC
Gives impression of grace, symmetry and of great speed and endurance, coupled with strength and activity.
UKC
The overall appearance and impression of the Saluki is one of grace and symmetry, along with great speed and endurance coupled with strength and activity. Salukis vary in type and this variation is typical of the breed due to the immense size of the Middle East area where the breed has been used for hunting for thousands of years. Each tribe had Salukis that were best suited for hunting the particular game in their region, and it follows that the dogs that were presented to Europeans and brought to Europe were from a wide variety of terrain and climate, and therefore vary accordingly.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
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.
KC
Great variation in type due to wide geographical area of origin. There are both feathered and smooth varieties. The expression should be dignified and gentle with faithful far-seeing eyes. Light flowing movement.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Reserved with strangers, but not nervous or aggressive. Dignified, intelligent and independent.
KC
Reserved with strangers but not nervous or aggressive. Dignified, intelligent and independent.
UKC
The Saluki is dignified, intelligent and independent. They are reserved with strangers, but never shy or aggressive.

HEAD

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FCI
Long and narrow, the whole showing nobility.
KC
Head long and narrow, skull moderately wide between ears, not domed, stop not pronounced, whole showing great quality. Nose black or liver.
UKC
The head is long and narrow, and has the look of nobility.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Moderately wide between ears, not domed.
UKC
The skull is moderately wide between the ears and not domed. The stop is not pronounced.

Stop

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FCI
Not pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black or liver brown.
UKC
Nose pigment is black or liver.

Muzzle

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KC
Teeth and jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
The jaws are long and strong.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Teeth and jaws are strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark to hazel and bright, large and oval, but not prominent. The expression should be dignified and gentle with faithful and far-seeing eyes.
KC
Dark to hazel, bright, large and oval, not prominent.
UKC
The bright, oval-shaped eyes are large, but not prominent. In color, they are dark to hazel. The expression is dignified and gentle with faithful, far seeing eyes.

Ears

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FCI
Long and covered with long silky hair, set on high, mobile, hanging close to the skull.
KC
Long and mobile, not too low set, covered with long silky hair, hanging close to skull. Bottom tip of leather reaches to corner of mouth when brought forward. Provided ear is covered with silky hair which may grow only from top half, the standard is complied with but longer hair also correct.
UKC
The long, mobile ears hang close to the skull. They are covered with long, silky hair.

NECK

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FCI
Long, supple and well muscled.
KC
Long, supple and well muscled.
UKC
The long neck is well muscled and supple.

BODY

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KC
Back fairly broad, muscles slightly arched over loin, but never roached backed. Brisket long and deep, not barrel-ribbed or slab-sided, with good cut up. Sufficient length of loin important.
UKC
In proportion, the Saluki is approximately square when measured from the point of the shoulders to the point of the buttocks, and the top of the withers to the ground. The chest is deep, long and moderately narrow. The ribs are moderately sprung. The back is fairly broad, and the loin is well muscled and slightly arched. The hipbones are set wide apart. The underline is well tucked up.

Back

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FCI
Fairly broad.

Loin

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FCI
Slightly arched and well muscled.

Croup

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FCI
Hipbones set wide apart.

Chest

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FCI
Deep, long and moderately narrow. Neither barrel ribbed nor slab sided.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Well tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
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.
KC
Set on low from long and gently sloping pelvis. Carried naturally in curve. Well feathered on underside but not bushy. In adults not carried above line of back except in play. Tip reaching to hock.
UKC
The long tail is set on low and is carried naturally in a curve. It reaches at least to the hock. It is well feathered with long, silky hair on the underside; not bushy. In adults, the tail is not carried above the line of the back, except in play.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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KC
Shoulders sloping and set well back, well muscled without being coarse. Chest deep and moderately narrow, when viewed from front not an inverted V. Forelegs straight and long from elbow to wrist. Pasterns strong and slightly sloping. Not round boned. Humerus sloping slightly backwards.
UKC
The sloping shoulders are well laid back. They are well muscled, but not coarse. The upper arms are approximately the same length as the shoulder blades and form a good angle with them.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid back, well muscled without being coarse.

Upper Arm

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FCI
Approximately equal in length to the shoulder blade and forming a good angle with it.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The forelegs are straight and long from the elbow to the wrist (carpus). The pasterns are strong and flexible with a slight slope.

Forearm

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FCI
Long and straight from elbow to wrist.

Pastern

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FCI
Strong and flexible, slightly sloping.

FEET

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KC
Strong, supple, of moderate length, toes long and well arched, not splayed out, but at the same time not cat footed. Feathered between the toes (except the smooth variety). Front feet may point outwards at a very slight angle when standing.
UKC
The strong, supple feet are well feathered between the toes. The feet are of moderate length, not cat footed; with long, well-arched toes.

Forefeet

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FCI
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.

Hind feet

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FCI
Similar to front feet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong, showing galloping and jumping power.
KC
Strong hip bones set wide apart. Stifle moderately bent with well developed first and second thigh. Hocks low to ground.
UKC
The hindquarters are strong, showing galloping and jumping power.

Thigh

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FCI
Upper and lower thighs: Well developed.

Stifle

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FCI
Moderately bent.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The upper and lower thighs are well developed. The stifle is moderately bent. The hocks are low to the ground.

Hock

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FCI
Well let down.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Smooth, flowing and effortless at trot. Light and lifting showing both reach and drive without hackney action or pounding.
KC
Smooth, flowing and effortless. Light and lifting, showing both reach and drive without hackney action or pounding.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
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.
KC
Smooth and of soft silky texture, feathering on legs and back of thighs, puppies may have slight woolly feathering on thighs and shoulders. Feathering may occur on throat. In the smooth variety the coat is the same but without feathering.
UKC
The coat is smooth and has a soft, silky texture. There is feathering on the backs of the front legs and on the rear of the thighs. In adults, there may be feathering on the throat. Puppies may have a slightly woolly feathering on the thighs and shoulders. The smooth coated variety has no feathering.

COLOUR

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FCI
Any colour or combination of colours is permissible. Brindles are undesirable.
KC
Any colour or combination of colours permissible, other than brindle or blue, which are highly undesirable.
UKC
Any color or combination of colors is permissible, with the exception of brindles, which are undesirable.

SIZE

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KC
Dogs: 58-71 cms (23-28 ins) at shoulders; Bitches: proportionately smaller.

Height at withers

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FCI
Average between 58 - 71 cm (23-28 inches) bitches proportionally smaller.
UKC
Dogs average in height from 23 to 28 inches. It is breed typical that females may be considerably smaller.

FAULTS

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FCI

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.
KC
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 and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC
Feet: Splayed toes.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.
Color: Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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