Saluki Grooming

Saluki Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 14 – 25kg (31 – 55lbs).
Female – 14 – 25kg (31 – 55lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 58 – 71cm (23 – 28in).
Female – 56 – 59cm (22 – 27in).

Coat:
Smooth, soft coat with feathering (unless smooth variety).

Average Life Span:
12 – 14 years.

Average Litter Size:
5 – 7 puppies.

Saluki Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
This breed needs special Saluki grooming to keep their natural silky coats shining and healthy.  The Saluki can have a shiny smooth or feathered coat so your grooming will vary slightly depending on what coat your dog has.  Brushing regularly is an important part of caring for both types of dogs, but the frequency will change slightly.  If you do not have much time for this, the smooth haired variety is the better option as they will only need going over occasionally.  To do this you can use a hound glove or soft bristle brush, helping to remove dead or loose hairs.  The feathered Saluki should be groomed more often to prevent mats, with a soft bristle brush being the best Saluki grooming tool here too.

Bathing is not a regularly essential part of Saluki grooming.  These are generally clean dogs with little odour so any bathing will only strip the coat of its natural oils.  However, bathing can be performed every three months or so to keep them looking their absolute best.  Place cotton in the ears when bathing to prevent water from getting inside and be careful to shield the eyes.  Do not wash the dog in standing water and never use human shampoo as it is too harsh for their sensitive skin.  After washing with a dog shampoo, rinse thoroughly ensure they are dry and spray the coat with a coat conditioner.  This will keep it looking its best and finishes this part of Saluki grooming off.

A vital part of Saluki grooming that needs to be done fairly often is checking their ears.  The drop ears can easily harbour moisture and dirt, becoming prime breeding ground for bacteria and infection.  Obviously this is not wanted so you there are several things you can do.  Every time their ears get wet, dry them off thoroughly when you get home.  Also, every now and again you should clean the area around the ears to remove dirt and wax; to do this you can use a simple grooming wipe.  If you suspect anything is wrong during your Saluki grooming you should report it to your vet.

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