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Mexican Hairless (Medium)

A hairless dog, with soft skin, the Xolo dog is slightly longer than he is tall. The skin can be pigmented black, grey, red, liver, bronze and blonde. There are three sizes. Fully grown Miniature Mexican Hairless are 25-35cm in height, Intermediate 36-45cm, and Standard 46-60cm.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For an hour a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can groom my dog once a week
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Mexican Hairless (Medium)

Origin

An ancient breed, the Mexican Hairless dog (or 'Xolo') has been the hunting companion of people in Central and South America for around 3,000 years. Revered by the Aztecs, he is also known as Xoloitzcuintle, meaning Dog God, he was thought to have special powers of healing, transmitted through him from the gods. He was also used as a gift to the gods and was sacrificed and eaten. He comes in three sizes – Miniature, Intermediate and Standard.

Personality

A peaceful, contented dog, the Mexican Hairless dog is alert to his environment. Rather reserved with strangers, he is loving and companionable with his family.

Health

The main health problems encountered in the Mexican Hairless dog are related to their skin, being particularly predisposed to sunburn given the lack of protection from fur. Teeth problems also occur quite frequently.

Exercise

Miniature Mexican Hairless dogs need about half an hour's daily exercise and the Intermediate and Standard need about an hour. Do ensure he is protected from the elements (both the warm and cold) before taking him outside.

Nutrition

The Miniature Mexican Hairless dog is a small dog that has a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion. The Intermediate and Standard diets need to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

Small tufts of hair can appear on the Mexican Hairless dog, but he is generally hairless and no hair-care is therefore required. However, the skin can become dry, as it is not protected with a coat. Smoothing some baby oil on will help hydrate the skin. A suitable sun cream can be used to prevent the skin from burning, and the dogs should be kept out of direct sunlight in warm weather. The dogs also need protection against the cold and should wear a coat when walked in the winter months.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Whippet

The Whippet is a lean, muscular, athletic dog. They balance muscular strength and power with grace and elegance, being built for speed and work. Their coats are fine and short and come in a wide variety of colours and mixes of colours. Adult males measure 47-51cm and females 44-47cm. The weight range is about 12.5-13.5kg.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For one to two hours a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can groom my dog once a week
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
No
No
No
Whippet

Origin

The Whippet dog breed was developed during the latter part of the 19th century from various sporting, coursing and running dogs, including small Greyhounds. He was bred to race and his ability to reach speeds of up to 35mph suited him to track racing. This breed was adopted by the miners of north-east England who were keen dog racing enthusiasts but they also used him for coursing, as he is capable of catching rabbits and hares. He gained his nickname of Snapdog from his ability to kill rats and rabbits with a sharp snap. Although he is still used as a working and racing dog now, his main role is as a companion.

Personality

The Whippet is a gentle, patient, tolerant and affectionate dog. Although they are competitive when racing, they are adaptable and quiet dogs. They can however, be highly strung and need understanding from their owners. Loving to their family, they make rewarding companions in the right home.

Health

The Whippet dog breed is generally a relatively healthy breed with few widely recognised breed specific health problems.

Exercise

Whippets are capable of short sharp bursts of fast running but are spirited enough to spend a long day of exercise if required. They will be happy to walk or jog with their owners and, although in need of daily exercise, are not too demanding. An hour's exercise is needed, as a rough guide, for an adult.

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

The Whippet dog breed benefits from regular grooming but care must be taken to use soft brushes and gentle handling, as their coat and skin is very fine and sensitive. Any shampoo used should be gentle without harsh ingredients, as these may cause reactions in the sensitive skin.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

The Pembroke Corgi is a short, sturdy little dog, set low to the ground, with a foxy face. Their straight, medium-length coat is waterproof and can be red, sable, fawn, black and tan, with or without white markings. Adult Pembrokes measure 25-30cm, with males weighing in at 10-12kg and females at 9-11kg.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Origin

Records show that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog breed has existed in the UK since a least 920AD. They are thought to have been brought to Wales by the Flemish weavers and were very popular in the 14th to the 18th centuries as cattle drovers. The Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were recognised as separate breeds in the UK in 1934.

Personality

The Pembroke Corgi is a generally obedient, active little dog. They are bold, outgoing and friendly - big dogs in little bodies. They are obedient and are loyal to the family and are ideally suited to an active, busy home. They make good watchdogs, being alert in the home, and keen to announce any visitors.

Health

The Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) is generally a very hardy breed. As with many breeds though, they can suffer from hereditary eye disorders and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. Their body shape also makes them more prone to spinal disc disease.

Exercise

He might only have short legs, but the Pembroke Corgi was bred to drove cattle and still has lots of energy and drive. At least an hour's exercise is needed for an adult.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The coat of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is of medium length, straight and waterproof with a dense undercoat. This coat needs a small amount of time spent on grooming. They do need to be brushed to remove any loose and dead hairs. If they have been out in the mud, then it is easy to remove the dirt once it has dried.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) (Medium/long coat)

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a short, sturdy dog, that is set low to the ground. Their straight, medium or short coat is waterproof. They have a fox-like brush for a tail, and their head has the look of a fox also. They are much longer than they are tall. The coat comes in a number of colours – see the breed standard for details. Adult Cardigans stand at about 30cm and weigh 15-18kg.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) (Medium/long coat)

Origin

Records have been discovered that show that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi dog breed has existed in the UK since about 1200BC. They are thought to have been brought to Wales by the Celts and were very popular as cattle drovers. The Cardigan and Pembroke Corgis were recognised as separate breeds in the UK in 1934.

Personality

The Cardigan Corgi is an energetic little dog who needs an outdoor-loving family. This dog still has the herding instincts of its ancestors, and as such likes constant activity in his life. They do have a tendency to nip heels and chase feet.They are obedient and loyal to their family. Alert to their surroundings, they make good watchdogs in the home.

Health

The Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) is generally a very hardy breed. As with many breeds though they can suffer from hereditary eye disorders and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. Their body shape also makes them more prone to spinal disc disease.

Exercise

This Welsh Corgi breed requires an adequate amount of exercise – at least an hour daily - even though they only have short legs; however, they are fairly adaptable exercise wise and will fit in with family life.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The coat of the Cardigan Corgi is of short or medium length, straight and waterproof with a dense undercoat. This coat needs a small amount of time spent on grooming – about twice a week - just to remove any loose and dead hairs. If they have been out in the mud then it is easy to remove the dirt once it has dried.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Weimaraner (Short/smooth coat)

With their silver-grey, sleek, short coat, the Weimaraner dog is one of the most outstanding breeds. The tallest of the gundog group, they are graceful with speed, stamina and endurance. There are two varieties: the short-haired and the long-haired, the latter being less common. The Weimaraner dog breed's predominant colouration is silver grey with shades of mouse or roe-grey being seen. Adult males stand at 61-69cm and weigh around 27kg while females are 56-64cm, weighing around 22.5kg.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For one to two hours a day
I'd love a large dog
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can groom my dog once a week
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Physically protective
No
No
Weimaraner (Short/smooth coat)

Origin

The Weimaraner dog breed appeared in a Van Dyke painting of the early 1600s. It is believed that the breed comes from stock similar to the German Shorthaired Pointer, with Bloodhound being added early through crosses with one or more of the various schweisshund breeds. The breed takes its name from the court of Karl August, Grand Duke of Weimar, and was once used to hunt big game, wolves, wildcats, deer, mountain lion and bears etc. When the big game disappeared from Europe by the late 1800s, Weimaraner dogs became a rarity. However, with selective breeding, they became small game hunters and bird dogs.

Personality

Weimaraners are all-round dogs who love family life. They are friendly and energetic but, with their vigilance, make excellent guard dogs. They are very strong characters so are not the ideal first dog for a novice owner, but if you have experience and can socialise, train and exercise them, they make a very rewarding companion.

Health

As with many breeds, the Weimeraner dog breed can suffer from hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems) and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. As with many large breeds they are also more prone to some bone conditions, heart disease and a specific stomach condition (gastric dilation volvulus).

Exercise

Weimaraners must have regular long walks to keep them calm in the house. If they do not get enough exercise, they can become very destructive and unhappy. They love to swim and retrieve and both these activities keep their active minds occupied. An adult Weimaraner needs two-plus hours of regular daily exercise along with ongoing training.

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. Weimaraners are prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

The short-haired Weimaraner dog is one of the easiest breeds to keep clean with very little grooming required. Even when he has been through the muddiest of fields, the dirt seems to fall off him very easily, leaving you with nothing to do but 'polish' up his coat! The more unusual longer-haired variety, with a coat of 2.5-5cm in length and feathering, does, however require more attention. They should be brushed and combed regularly. A check should be made on their ears routinely to ensure they are free from infections.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Clumber Spaniel

The Clumber Spaniel is a large, strong dog, who is heavier and more substantial than the other spaniel breeds. When fully grown, he stands around 45-50cm tall and adult dogs weigh 29.5-34kg and females 25-29.5kg. The abundant, silky coat comes in white with lemon or orange markings, and the muzzle is freckled.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
A medium size dog works for me
-
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
No
Yes
Yes
Clumber Spaniel

Origin

It's long been believed that the Clumber Spaniel is a French breed, brought to the UK over two centuries ago by the Duke of Noailles who, keen to keep his dogs safe in the revolution, gave his kennel of prized spaniels to the Duke of Newcastle at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. There is little evidence to fully support this theory and it's now thought that the Clumber Spaniel dog breed is very much a British creation, developed from various hunting spaniels and other breeds.

Personality

A little more reserved than some spaniels, the Clumber Spaniel breed is good-natured, and they make devoted family dogs - though be prepared for some slobber! He can show a stubborn streak, but usually loves to please, so makes a rewarding pupil when training, provided he has the right motivation.

Health

As with many breeds, the Clumber Spaniel can suffer from hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

This breed is renowned for its excellent nose – something he will happily follow when out on a walk! For this reason, a reliable recall is essential for off-lead exercise. He is slower than the other spaniel breeds, and will be happy with about an hour's exercise a day.

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs.

Grooming

The abundant coat is silky and straight, and there is longer hair (feathering) on the legs and chest that will tangle if neglected. The feet should be trimmed to prevent hair knotting, and the ears should be checked regularly.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Sloughi

The Sloughi dog is a medium/large short-coated hound that has a noble, dignified stature. He is elegant and racy but stronh and muscular. The coat comes in various colours (see the breed standard). Adult males stand at 66-72cm and adult females at 61-68cm. The weight range for the breed is 20-27kg.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can groom my dog once a week
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
No
No
No
Sloughi

Origin

The Sloughi dog breed is revered by the Bedouin tribesmen, who decorate the Sloughi with talismans and amulets. When a Bedouin goes visiting, his Sloughi is treated with the same respect as any honoured guest, and tribesmen will willingly give up their blanket for their Sloughi should they be cold. And when the Sloughi dog dies, the grief of the Bedouin is apparent and the hound is mourned with dignity. There is evidence of the Sloughi dating back to the Ancient Egyptians, and a mummified body of a Sloughi has been discovered in a tomb.

Personality

Sloughis are independent dogs that have an inbuilt desire to hunt and have the stamina to keep going. Cats and other small animals are seen as prey to this dog that hasn't been socialised with them from an early age. Not a breed suited to someone who has little time, he makes a devoted, loyal family dog in the right home. This is not a noisy hound.

Health

The Sloughi is generally healthy and robust breed. As with many breeds there are hereditary eye disorders that can occur and so eye testing is recommended.

Exercise

These dogs require lots of exercise – two-plus hours for an adult dog. Once on the scent of game they will run and run, so exercise off-lead only in safe areas and train a reliable recall.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The Sloughi is a clean, manageable dog that does not like to be dirty in any way, and will wash himself cat-fashion if his coat becomes soiled. These shorthaired coats can be groomed using a rubber-grooming mitt.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Shetland Sheepdog

A small/medium-sized, graceful and dainty dog, the Shetland Sheepdog has an attractive, long coat with a profuse mane around the neck and chest, and abundant feathering (longer hair) on the legs and tail. The coat comes in several colours, patterns and combinations – see the breed standard for details. Adult males stand at approximately 37cm and females at 35.5cm. The weight of a fully grown Sheltie ranges from 6-12kg.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For one to two hours a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
-
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Shetland Sheepdog

Origin

Taking its name after the Shetland Isles off the north-east coast of Scotland, where he developed as a breed, the Shetland Sheepdog breed (or 'Sheltie') worked as a sheepdog in sometimes very demanding conditions. Originally thought to be a mixture of many types of dog, including a Spitz-type and a Scottish Sheepdog, a small Rough Collie was introduced to the mix by a native Shetlander called James Loggie to produce the modern Sheltie. Mr Loggie went on to become the first secretary of a Shetland breed club in 1908.

Personality

The Sheltie may look glamorous and graceful, but he is also a strong, active working breed with oodles of energy. Utterly devoted to his owner, he can be standoffish with those he doesn't know. A Shetland Sheepdog is ever alert and will feel the need to tell you if anything catches his attention; this could be a problem if you have near neighbours and/or you are unable to control his vocal tendencies.

Health

As with many breeds, the Shetland Sheepdog can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

A minimum of an hour's exercise is needed daily, though the energetic Shetland Sheepdog will happily take more. As well as walking with his owner, this dog enjoys training and has done well in many of the canine sports, including agility, obedience and flyball.

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

The Shetland Sheepdog is a fairly high-maintenance coat, with a long, straight top coat and a short, fluffy, thick undercoat. Daily attention will stop the task of grooming becoming too onerous – ensuring that you remove tangles promptly before they become a problem.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Shar Pei

Shar Pei are easily recognisable by the loose folds of skin on their bodies and their 'frowning' expressions. They are squarely built and short-coupled and look powerful with good bone. Their coat is short and bristly and harsh to the touch. The Shar Pei dog comes in many colours – see the breed standard for details. Adult Shar Pei measure 46-51cm and weigh around 18kg.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm an experienced trainer and comfortable with any breed
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can groom my dog once a week
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Physically protective
No
No
Shar Pei

Origin

The Shar Pei dog breed is centuries old and is a cross of the Mastiff and Nordic breeds. The blue tongue is a characteristic shared with the Chow Chow and this breed is also in its make-up. The Shar Pei dog was originally considered a delicacy in China and the outlawing of them as pets on the mainland forced the breed into near extinction. Thankfully, Matgo Law, a concerned breeder, was able to inspire interest in the Western world and the breed was saved. When Shar Pei first reached the West in the 1970s, they were classified as the rarest breed in the world.

Personality

Well-socialised Shar Pei are devoted to their families. They are loyal, playful and active but can also be stubborn and territorial if not trained properly when young. They are naturally suspicious of strangers. They will be fine with cats if they have been introduced to them when puppies but there can be problems mixing with other dogs. They often hate the cold.

Health

The most common health problems affecting the Shar Pei are skin infections in the excessive skin folds, and various eye conditions. They also may suffer a particular condition which causes fever and joint swelling (familial Shar Pei fever).

Exercise

Whilst an active breed, Shar Pei dogs will take as much or as little exercise as offered as long as they have access to free play. As a guide, an adult dog should be offered an hour's exercise daily, though he will happily accept more. If the dog is quarrelsome with other dogs, make sure he is on a lead and suitable restrained to ensure he cannot cause any trouble.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

Some lines have very close-set tails and these must be inspected and cleaned to prevent infection. The eyes as well should be inspected daily. The coat itself just needs a going over with a soft brush.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Saluki

A graceful, athletic, medium-sized sighthound, the Saluki dog breed has a soft, smooth coat, often with feathering (longer hair) on the legs and ears, and sometimes the throat. The smooth type of Saluki lacks this feathering. The coat comes in any colour or combination of colours, except brindle. Adult dogs stand at 58-71cm, with females slightly smaller. Fully grown, they weigh approximately 13-30kg.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
No
No
No
Saluki

Origin

An ancient breed, the Saluki is the hunting dog of the desert, bred for thousands of years to catch food for the Bedouin Arabs. A Saluki skull dating back to at least 3500BC was found at the archaeological site in the Mesopotamian city of Tepe Gawra, now in Northern Iraq. The name is thought to come from Saluk or Seleukia, ancient Arab cities. The breed is also known as the Gazelle Hound, after his chosen prey.

Personality

As with most sighthounds, the Saluki is reserved with strangers and often aloof even with familiar faces. An independent dog, he is has a dignified presence, but can be overly sensitive and highly strung. He does not like to be left on his own, often becoming anxious if separated from his family for too long. With his loved ones, he can be most affectionate.

Health

The Saluki is generally quite a hardy breed, the most common serious health problem being heart disease.

Exercise

The Saluki needs over two hours of daily exercise, to include free-running. A sprinter, this dog needs to run in safe locations where he can't come to harm if he chases after a squirrel or rabbit. Training with these dogs is really reliable and recall should be made a top priority. Between exercise periods, the Saluki is generally laidback and relaxed in the house.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember also to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The Saluki will need his coat to be groomed a couple of times a week, paying particular attention to any feathering (if present), which is prone to tangling.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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