Lifestyle Needs


The Saluki is large Arabian hunting dog, bred for speed and the ability to move over the Middle Eastern desert terrain.  He is a graceful and elegant dog but not an ideal choice for a family pet.  He is typically rather highly strung, sensitive, intelligent and easily bored.  He needs plenty of opportunity to run free and at speed.  He should be groomed regularly.

Inbreeding Coefficient - COI
(Should be as low as possible)

The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 9.7% - see 'A Beginners Guide to COI'

Effective Population Size - EPS


EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.

Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)

None known

BVA/KC Health Schemes:

Hip dysplasia (abnormality of the hip joints causing pain and disability): breed mean score 5.

Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) are now available for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia:

DNA Tests Available

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Unofficial (Breed Club) Schemes

None known

Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.

Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)

  • Leukodystrophy (loss of myelin in the nervous system – brain and spinal cord – causes lack of co-ordination and limb weakness – fortunately rare)
  • Ceroid lipofuscinosis (Lysosomal storage disease) (a neurological disease resulting in the degeneration of the nervous system – causes leg weakness and wobbliness)
  • Motor neuron abiotrophy (progressive generalised weakness and forelimb deformities)
  • Black hair follicular dysplasia
  • Heart disease: Patent ductus arteriosus (the duct between the aorta and pulmonary artery fails to close, causing heart murmur of varying severity)
  • Thrombocytopenia (immune system destroys its own platelets, causing excessive bleeding from wounds)
  • Hypothyroidism (various symptoms including lethargy, depression and weight gain)

Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents.  Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.

Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions. Some breeders will also agree to contribute towards medical costs or refund purchase price.

You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP):

You are also advised to buy from a breeder who follows the Dog Breeding Reform Group’s (DBRG) Standard for Dog Breeding:

Or the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme Standard and Guidance:
Standard PDF | Guidance PDF

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