|The Saluki is one of the oldest breeds of dogs.|
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These dogs look like a mixture of Afghan Hounds and Greyhounds - to me anyways. They have stunning sleek bodies. It's no wonder that they are considered Royal Dogs of Egypt. They are also known as Persian Greyhounds. Salukis are actually one of the oldest breeds of dogs around. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs show images of dogs that look similar to a Saluki.
They are sight hounds, like greyhounds, and can run at very high speeds. Greyhounds are said to be the fastest breed of dog, but some believe that Saluki's are able to run faster than a greyhound over longer distances. They have incredible endurance and stamina. Plus, lots of extra padding on their feet which helps.
Apparently, the Saluki can have one of two different types of coats - smooth and feathered. The feathered coat type has long silky fur on the tail and hind leg haunches of the dog. As far as temperament goes, I've heard that they can sometimes be a bit shy and reserved but with proper socialization at a young age, they should be fine.
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So what do you think of this interesting dog breed? Have you ever heard of or seen a Saluki before?