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Saluki Dog Breed South Africa

Breed: Saluki
Alphabetically: S
Country of Origin: Middle East, Fertile Crescent
Color: White, Fawn, Cream, Tan, Gold, Red
Life Expectancy: 11 – 14 years
Height: 23 - 28 inches (58 - 71cm)
Weight: 29 - 66 pounds (13 - 30 kg)
Litter Size: 7 - 10 puppies
Hypoallergenic: No
The appearance of the Saluki is one of total grace and balance. They have an unusual gait when they are at top speed: all four of their legs are in the air at the same time. It has a slim, greyhound-like body with long silky feathering on the ears and tail. There is also a rarer smooth variety with no feathering.

The Smooth coat is generally a bit coarser than the feathered variety's silky coat. The coat comes in black & tan, fawn, white, cream, gold and red, as well as various combinations of these. Salukis with a patch of white in the middle of the forehead are thought by Bedouin tribes to have "the kiss of Allah" and is regarded as special.

The head is narrow and well-proportioned, tapering gradually toward the nose. The ears are long and hanging. It has sturdy jaws and large skinny eyes that are either light or dark brown with a sweet, dignified expression. The Saluki's neck is elegant and flexible. Its body is very elongated, with oblique muscular shoulders.

The feet are thickly haired between the toes for protection from rough terrain.

Temperament: Aloof, Reserved, Intelligent, Quiet

Health Problems: The Saluki is prone to some genetic eye diseases and cancer. It can get sunburn, especially on the nose.

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