Saluki

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The beautiful and noble saluki is originally grown in rugged conditions. Saluki, also called Persian Greyhound and Gasello dog, has been bred to hunt, so it catches and kills its catch effectively. It has been created to run and prey independently. You should keep that in mind, especially if you let your saluki run freely. It does not mean that the saluki could not be trained, but you have to be willing to invest more work and time than most dog breeds would need (for example, housebreaking and coming when called are hard to learn for salukis) and you may need to dig up motivation several times – from your dog I mean.

Self-reliant quality has often been referred to as cat-like-behavior. One of the features of the saluki has a prepared attitude towards strangers. Ignorance will cause many dog ​​people to be disappointed when approaching a saluki that stands silently in place, may even retreat, and is not so excited about the affection the stranger would like to share. It is a great compliment from the salukis. Preparedness does not, however, mean wariness or aggression, those are not any qualities wanted in any dog ​​breed.

Salukis greet their own family with eagerness and have a wide variety of signs of affection like: rubbing, licking and nibbling. Salukis are also playful, and often retain this feature even in older age. You can also prepare for the couches, beds, and really all the soft spots to be occupied by salukis. Salukis love soft and warm places -  a couple of times I have even found my beloved saluki lying in the sauna by herself, enjoying the residual heat.

When grown up, the saluki is usually a calm and relatively easy pet. You probably even have to lure them out on the coldest days. When a saluki has had enough exercise in the form of jogs and free running, it likes to curl on the couch next to you while you watch TV.

Salukis do not bark much, but I have come to ask my salukis once in a while, if they have been considering a profession of being a fire alarm. They are whining, yapping and squeaking, so silent they are not.

Just like every dog breed, salukis also have inherited diseases and abnormalities. Mostly the diseases are inherited recessively, meaning that such tendencies can not be identified by appearance. Because dogs can carry these recessive “disease” genes without being sick themselves, it may happen that two dogs that are healthy are mated and produce progeny with hereditary diseases. So for the puppy to be sick it would have to an unlucky individual, and inherit this recessive gene from both of its parents. Often these obscure hereditary diseases will not start showing signs until the dog has already passed the puppy and teenage years.

For Salukis, these are mainly eye (PLD, RD, cataract, lens bullet, PRA) and cardiovascular diseases (eg DCM). These are mainly studied in dogs using eye screening and heart ultrasounds which, of course, does not reveal the carrier of the disease if the dog is not sick itself.

Fortunately, for many hereditary diseases there are DNA tests today that can also detect latent diseases. That is why I try to examine all dogs well in advance before proceeding. I believe every breeder wants their dogs to be healthy, and I am not an exception to this.