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Historically, Salukis were used by nomadic tribes for hunting. Typical quarry included gazelles, hares,
foxes and jackals. In one Bedouin method of hunting hares, the hunter rides close to the quarry on a
camel while holding the Saluki, which he throws towards the prey while at speed, giving the dog a running
start.  Another method, primarily used in hunting gazelles, involved the use of a hawk to gouge out the
eyes of the prey, so that a Saluki can then bring down the blinded animal.

A true modern Saluki retains the qualities of hunting hounds and may seem reserved and aloof. An
independent breed, but gentle and affectionate, they can be difficult to train and any such training should
be gentle and patient. They can get bored easily, and should not be left at home unattended for long
periods. Sensitive and intelligent, the Saluki should never be trained using force or hard-handed
methods, and typically does not enjoy rough games or typical dog games such as chasing sticks. Early
socialisation is required to prevent shyness in later life. Given their hunting instincts, they are prone to
chasing moving objects.

While the Greyhound is credited as being the fastest dog breed up to distances of around 800 metres
(2,600 ft), both the Saluki and Whippet breeds are thought to be faster over longer distances. The 1996
edition of the Guinness Book of Records lists a Saluki as being the fastest dog, reaching a speed of 68.8
kilometres (42.8 mi) per hour.  Due to its heavily padded feet being able to absorb the impact on its body,
it has remarkable stamina when running.
The graceful, noble Saluki holds the distinction of
being the most ancient pure-bred dog on earth,
predating Christ by hundreds of years. Originally
used to hunt gazelles in vast deserts of Asia and
Africa, today the breed is revered for its dignity
and intelligence as well as its unspoiled natural
beauty. As a working dog, the Saluki still
possesses keen vision, tremendous speed and
running ability and strong hunting instincts.

Written by sighthound specialist, breeder and
judge Ann Chamberlain, this Special Limited
Edition offers reliable and up-to-date information
to help Saluki owners better understand, train and
raise this independent and active dog.

Whether owners keep Salukis solely as
companions or are investing time in showing,
racing or coursing their dogs, this book provides
sound, helpful advice for all fanciers, beginners
and experienced. Owners no doubt will welcome
the author’s helpful chapters on house-training
and obedience lessons, everyday care, exercise
and basic  techniques based on positive training.
The go-to resource for keeping pups
healthy and happy...Takes the guesswork
out of caring for any kind of dog.

An indispensable medical reference for
every dog-owning household. Written by
a veterinarian with a gift for presenting
complex information in a lively, accessible
way, this book covers everything from
choosing the right puppy (or adopting the
perfect adult) to caring for the senior dog.

Thoroughly discusses more than 100
canine illnesses, and includes the most
up-to-date information on pet food safety,
"designer" dog breeds, homemade diets,
vaccine protocols, obesity and heart
disease, pet insurance, and more.
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