Tamarisk Salukis

My journey in salukis began when I became involved in conformation and "lure"coursing with the acquisition of my first saluki from Australia, Tallara Tamarisk in 1974. Tamarisk Salukis is based on Warm Valley lineages with the recent addition of COO bloodlines in the 3rd generation litter whelped in October, 2005. 


Peris Litter

A Litter




Lure Coursing





Tallara Tamarisk
Aust. Ch. Mazuri Cassalonda (Imp. UK) x Aust Ch. Krishna Kira Bathsheba



The saluki is an ancient hunting hound, bred to chase and bring down and/or kill a variety of game. A saluki requires a substantial commitment of time and money to care for and properly exercise. Salukis are wonderful companions if their basic needs are met, but, the saluki is not for everyone. Although owning a saluki and living in a city or apartment are possible, finding a safe (fenced) area for their exercise is essential and may require traveling for some distance on a daily basis. Please give full consideration to this crucial requirement. The saluki community is small and totally dedicated to encouraging new owners to fully explore the many facets of saluki companionship. Saluki activities include (but are not limited to)agility, conformation (dog shows), racing (LGRA, track, oval, etc.), lure coursing (see links page), open field coursing (where permitted), obedience, tracking and therapy. I provide the saluki standard below as this is the model for a perfect saluki.

If you are determined to own a saluki, then please visit the links page. As with all sentient beings, salukis are a life time commitment. The parent club for the breed is the Saluki Club of America (on links page). There are also numerous local and regional clubs and associations who are dedicated to the education of owners (and future owners) of the saluki and sighthounds in general.
Saluki history is fascinating and spans the Far, Near and Middle East and beyond. Saluki type is varied as befitting a hound that exists in a vast area almost from the beginning of civilization and where cultures co-mingled--forging this most perfect hunting hound that we find even today. Begin your journey and explore these pages and the links provided to gain a deeper knowledge of this treasured ancient hunting hound.

Recommended reading:

The Saluki in History, Art and Sport by Hope and David Waters
Saluki, Companion of Kings by Vera H. Watkins (Windswift Salukis) ISBN 0 903879 10 7
Book of the Breed, The Complete Saluki by Diana and Ken Allan ISBN 0-87605-274-X
The Saluqi Coursing Hound of the East, Edited by Gail Goodman ISBN: 0-9639224-0-8





Official Standard for the SALUKI ©

Head-Long and narrow, skull moderately wide between the ears, not domed, stop not pronounced, the whole showing great quality.
Nose-black or liver.
Ears-Long and covered with long silky hair hanging close to the skull and mobile.
Eyes-Dark to hazel and bright; large and oval, but not prominent.
Teeth-Strong and level.
Neck-Long, supple and well muscled.
Chest-Deep and moderately narrow.
Forequarters-Shoulders sloping and set well back, well muscled without being coarse.
Forelegs-Straight and long from the elbow to the knee.
Hindquarters-Strong, hipbones set well apart and stifle moderately bent, hocks low to the ground, showing galloping and jumping power.
Loin and Back-Back fairly broad, muscles slightly arched over loin.
Feet-Of moderate length, toes long and well arched, not splayed out, but at the same time not cat-footed; the whole being strong and supple and well feathered between the toes.
Tail-Long, set on low and carried naturally in a curve, well feathered on the underside with long silky hair, not bushy.
Coat-Smooth and of a soft silky texture, slight feather on the legs, feather at the back of the thighs and sometimes with slight woolly feather on the thigh and shoulder.
Colors-White, cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle and tan, tricolor (white, black and tan) and black and tan.
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 or other quarry over deep sand or rocky mountains. The expression should be dignified and gentle with deep, faithful, far-seeing eyes. Dogs should average in height from 23 to 28 inches and bitches may be considerably smaller, this being very typical of the breed.
The Smooth Variety-In this variety the points should be the same with the exception of the coat, which has no feathering.


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