Pre 1987 Kennel Club, London

BRIEF BACKGROUND: The saluki, from the hot climate of the Arab Desert, is the swift, galloping hound of the great nomadic, pastoral, Bedouin tribes of the desert and has been used by then for hunting from time immemorial. It is claimed that these hounds are the living representatives of the first swift dogs trained by man to assist him in the chase and to help supply him with food.
The Saluki was bred by nearly all he great tribes and the sheikhs of these tribes carefully guarded the precious strains that have been handed down to them. Famous dogs are well known throughout the desert and pedigrees are learned by heart, sung or chanted and handed down by oral transmission from generation to generation. Some tribes are proud of possessing pedigrees of their Salukis, written on parchment, perhaps dating back a thousand years.
Considering how the Mohammedans despise ordinary dogs, it may seem strange that they should honor the Saluki. The Saluki, called “El Hor” (“The Noble One”), is said to be the Gift of Allah and, as such. Game which it kills is viewed as fit to eat, as opposed to the ordinary dog or “Kelb”. Whose touch would render meant unfit for consumption.
In the Middle East, a Saluki is never sold, but only presented as a mark of esteem to a friend or a distinguished guest.
The game for which the Saluki is used is principally Gazelle, hare, fox or other desert animals. Salukis are described as running down a desert hare almost in a moment, but their favorite sport is the gay chase of the tiny, shy gazelle, barely the height of a small Saluki.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: The whole appearance of this breed should give an impression of grace and symmetry and of great speed and endurance coupled with strength and activity to enable it to kill gazelle and other quarry over deep sand or rocky mountain. The expression should be dignified and gentle with deep, faithful, far seeing eyes.
The Saluki is an elegant endurance hound giving the appearance of functional athleticism. Almost alone among the breeds, Salukis vary enormously in type and each type is correct. The introduction to these notes demonstrates how variation is due to the wide geographical area of origin. From the smallest to the biggest, from almost square to longer, than tall, each type complies with the General Appearance without exaggeration or coarseness. The key word in the Standard is MODERATE. In any feature stands out there is something out of balance, not in harmony with the whole.

CHARACTERISTICS: Salukis are the archetype sighthound and the most highly refined of this group of hunting dogs. They must possess – to a marked degree – the CHARACTERISTICS which provide the CAPACITY to perform their original function – which varies according to the type of terrain and the different quarry. Bearing in mind that VARIATION as allowed in the text of this Standard is a BREED CHARACTERISTIC, the ideal exhibits a unique combination of head (for type), deep chest (for endurance), fine waist (for speed), low hocks and broad quarters (for power, speed and agility), bladed bone (for lightness and strength) and hare-like feet. There are SMOOTH and FEATHERED varieties, judged together as one breed.

TEMPERAMENT: Characteristic temperament is reserved with strangers, dignified, intelligent and independent, neither nervous nor aggressive. Adolescents should be handled with sensitivity.

HEAD AND SKULL: Head long and narrow; skull moderately wide between ears, not domed, the stop not pronounced, the whole body showing great quality. Nose black or liver.
Correct Saluki heads vary considerably. Viewed from above AND from the side, ALL have a muzzle and skull in the form of a wedge, the length of which varies according to the (moderate) width between the ears. A wedge too wide and short lacks “quality”. A wedge too narrow and long is untypical. The top of the skull is flat. There should be a slight stop. The planes of the skull and foreface are approximately parallel. The skull should never be longer than the muzzle or appear to recede. The length of the foreface, from the inner corner of the eye to the tip of the nose, should be as long or slightly longer than the backskull or distance from occiput to inner corner of the eye. Good strength of underjaw is necessary.

EYES: Dark to hazel and bright, large and oval, but not prominent.
Eyes should be oval, not round. The set should be slightly oblique when viewed from above. The eye color can range from dark to hazel and can be in harmony with coat color. Eye rim and nose pigmentation ranges from black to liver and must be solid.

EARS: Long and mobile, covered with long silky hair; hanging close to the skull.
The smooth variety has the same ear description but no feathering. On the feathered variety, long, silky hair may cover the ear or grow only from the top half. The leather is broad, the bottom tip reaches the corner of the mouth when brought forward. The tip is rounded.

MOUTH: Teeth strong and level
A perfect, regular and complete scissor bite is required. Full dentition is extremely important. There must be sufficient underjaw to avoid a snipey expression.

NECK: Long, supple and well muscled
The neck is strong but streamlined. It should be moderately long, in character with the galloping breeds, and well-muscled, giving a slight crest. Any suggestion of a weak, ewe neck is undesirable.

FOREQUARTERS: Shoulders sloping and set well back, well muscled without being coarse. The chest deep and moderately narrow. The forelegs straight and long from the elbow to the knee.
the heart-lung room required by the Saluki is obtained more from depth of brisket than from the width but there should be a small hand’s breadth between the front legs so that the elbows cannot easily be pressed together in an adult dog. The deepest part of the chest should be at the elbows. The forechest should be well-filled and the prosternum visible when viewed from the side. The ribs should be moderately spring, never barrel-ribbed or slab-sided. There should be good length of ribcage, and in a well conditioned animal the last three ribs should be slightly visible. Full depth of chest may not develop until maturity at 4-5 years.
The Scapula is laid well back. When there is adequate return of upper arm, the elbow meets the deepest part of the brisket, showing some prosternum. The upper arm is long and is never less in length than the length from tip of scapula to point of shoulder. A line dropped from the tip of the scapula should pass through the point of elbow.
The legs must be straight with fine, dense, bladed, never round bone. The pasterns must slope slightly as they are the shock-absorbers of the running hunter. Straight pasterns as well as any indication of knuckling over are extremely undesirable.
The withers are discernible but not so sharply defined as to detract from the smooth flow of neck into back.

BODY: Back fairly broad, muscles slightly arched over the loin.
There is a slight arch to the loin due to strong muscling, which allows for flexibility at the gallop, A flat topline or an exaggeratedly arched topline is undesirable. The loin should not be flat. Here should be a pronounced, graceful tuck-up.
The withers and the top of the ilium (pin bone) should be the same height from the ground. A sloping topline, when the pin bones are lower than the withers, is not functional and extremely untypical in a Saluki.