Learn about the temperament and personality of the Saluki. Discover what he’s like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves.
The Saluki is an independent, athletic, and spirited breed with a keen hunting instinct. These sight hounds will spot things you don’t and take off after them. They sometimes catch and kill their prey. They can run at 35 mph, so you will not catch a Saluki if he gets away, and they are notoriously bad at the recall. A Saluki needs a fenced area to run in, in order to be happy. Be aware that they can jump over a 5′ fence, and they are also skilled diggers who can dig under a fence. The #1 cause of death for a Saluki is being hit by a vehicle. This breed loves to run more than anything else in the world. A daily leash walk is not enough for the Saluki, and asking him to adjust to this, what he would see as dormant, lifestyle really isn’t fair to the dog. He loves to romp around enjoying vigorous exercise outside, but he will then want to come in and sleep on your bed, and he is particularly fond of pillows. He likes to lie on some soft pillows and take a long nap. The Saluki can be taught obedience but it will require patience and consistency from his master. Even a well-trained Saluki is not terribly obedient. Still, they excel at lure coursing, agility, flyball, jumping, racing, and tracking. They also make great therapy dogs. They obviously enjoy having a job to do. These are gentle animals who are loving, loyal, sensitive, and devoted to their humans. They are affectionate, but not as demonstrative as some breeds. They are intuitive and intelligent, and they like to make their own decisions. They can be mischievous and will become destructive if lonely. They don’t like to be left alone for hours at a time. If they are lonely or stressed, they may howl and bay, but in general, the breed does not bark unnecessarily. They are excellent with children, especially if raised around them, but they are a little too dignified for fetch. They usually enjoy the company of other dogs. They can also do well with cats, especially if they grow up with them. They are usually aloof with strangers, but are peaceful with everyone. Except of course, the squirrels, rabbits, and birds.
The Saluki is moderately easy to train. He learns new commands at the average rate. He is neither difficult nor easy to train.
The Saluki sheds a fair amount of hair. You’ll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home.
The medium-length coat of the Saluki only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds you may find yourself brushing him once or twice a week to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn’t fall out in your home!)