- The Saluki temperament is reserved — If you’re looking for a demonstrative dog, you might be better off with a different breed.
- Salukis are alert but quiet dogs — While your Saluki might register the mailman’s visit, don’t count on them letting you know that a stranger is in the yard.
- They’re best for a one-dog household — Salukis are generally fine with other Salukis but aren’t compatible with smaller pets.
Highly sensitive, Salukis love routine and bonding with their family. They tend to have a more reserved personality and offer quiet, loving companionship to the right owners. Strangers, however, tend to get a shy, aloof attitude initially. Salukis tolerate other dogs but overall prefer their particular breed when it comes to canine companions.
Every dog has a unique personality, but most Salukis do reasonably well with children. They typically tolerate the noise associated with a household with children plus other, more enthusiastic pets. That quiet personality can be deceiving — Salukis are prone to separation anxiety and other types of stress.
👉 Watch for signs of stress in your dog! Sensitive dogs are more prone to experiencing stress.
Traits of the Saluki
Here are four traits that all prospective Saluki dog parents should know before they settle on this breed.
1. Strong prey drive
It’s easy to mistake their calm temperament for obedience or inactivity, but when they see something they identify as prey, most unleashed Salukis will ignore any commands from their owner and bound off after it. Salukis were bred to hunt for food and sport, making them a flight risk for unprepared owners who haven’t harnessed or leashed their pets.
2. Fearless and determined — in certain situations
When it comes to hunting, Salukis are fearless and determined, but those tendencies don’t typically extend to other areas of their life. This means they’re more watchdogs than guard dogs. These alert, quiet, and sometimes shy dogs are reasonably good watchdogs, but they aren’t effective in intimidating prowlers or protecting the home.
Salukis are generally intelligent dogs, and while some intelligent dogs are easier to train — German shepherds, for example — Salukis are also willful. They like to think for themselves, but they are trainable with patience and positive reinforcement.
4. Need regular stimulation
Like other intelligent breeds, Salukis do best when they have stimulation. Supplements keep your dog’s brain health in good shape, but dog toys and games designed for intelligent pups are other outlets. Training can benefit the physical and mental health of your Saluki. Without stimulation, Salukis will manufacture entertainment, and it isn’t always something you’ll appreciate.
Best habits for Saluki owners
It’s easy to make assumptions about the breed based on its build and resemblance to other dogs, its quiet nature, or its slight appearance. Dispel the myths now and begin building these good habits:
- Boarding is better when traveling — While Salukis are prone to separation anxiety and would love to be by your side on trips, their need for exercise and running may make travel difficult. So, it may be wise to consider boarding when traveling.
- Invest in a comfy bed — Salukis are naturally lean, thin dogs, so they need soft places to lie. Cushioned dog beds and other surfaces are a must, especially if the sofa or your bed is off-limits.
- Think carefully before bringing a Saluki into an apartment — These dogs can run 35 mph or faster. Owners should consider how much outdoor space is available to them and how often their Saluki can enjoy it. Likewise, owners of small dogs or cats may want to look at similar breeds before choosing a Saluki.
Frequently asked questions
Can Salukis be left alone?
While Salukis may be calm dogs in many ways, they become anxious and stressed when isolated and away from their people. These dogs are ideal for hybrid and remote workers, not only because of their exercise needs but also their desire to be close to their families.
Are Salukis talkative?
Generally speaking, Salukis don’t bark a lot. They are typically quieter and won’t alert you to strangers or other situations. Even playing with other dogs, Salukis tend to be quieter, especially as they get to know new people and dogs.
How smart are Salukis?
While shy and reserved, Salukis are intelligent dogs. While shy and reserved, Salukis are intelligent dogs. They were bred to hunt for sport and necessity.