The appearance of the Saluki gives the impression of grace, elegance and athleticism. Its form is built for speed and endurance. The Saluki is a medium-size dog that should have an average weight of 35 to 70 pounds and 58 to 71 centimetres. However, females are considerably smaller. Salukis have large heads that are long and narrow, well-defined stops, black noses, and eyes that are moderately large with a dignified expression. They have ears that lie close to their cheeks, necks that are long and nicely arched, sloping shoulders and long straight front legs. The Saluki’s tail is set high when moving or alert.
The breed has two coat types: rough and smooth. Rough-coated Salukis have thick coats that lie close to the body and thicker hair on their necks, thighs and tails. On the other hand, Smooth-coated Salukis have closer, hound-like coats with only a slight feathering on their thighs and tails. Regardless of coat types, the Saluki can wear coat colours of white, fawn, cream, grizzle and tan, black and tan, golden and tricolour (white, tan, and black).
Dog grooming-wise, the Saluki is not a prolific shedder. It is a low maintenance dog breed that only requires weekly brushing to remove dead hair and maintain its natural oils. Since Salukis do not have a doggy odour, only bathe them when dirty. Other dog grooming needs include oral and nail care. Brush the dog’s teeth to avoid gum disease. Trim the nails especially when you start hearing clicking sounds. Also, clean the ears to ward off potential infections.