Greyhound vs Saluki

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 13 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

Low

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Greyhound dogs are best for first-time pet parents with or without kids and babies and homes with a large yard where these track stars can run around. They get along with other dogs, but they...

Greyhound dogs are best for first-time pet parents with or without kids and babies and homes with a large yard where these track stars can run around. They get along with other dogs, but they are not a good fit for homes with cats, as they have a deep instinct to chase.

Greyhound Temperament

Greyhounds (aka English Greyhounds) are friendly, gentle dogs who aren’t known to be aggressive. That makes them great with (well-behaved) children, but, coupled with the fact that they aren’t big barkers, it also means they shouldn’t be your first pick for a guard dog. This dog b...

Greyhounds (aka English Greyhounds) are friendly, gentle dogs who aren’t known to be aggressive. That makes them great with (well-behaved) children, but, coupled with the fact that they aren’t big barkers, it also means they shouldn’t be your first pick for a guard dog.

This dog breed has spurts of energy they need to get rid of (off-leash) throughout the day, but once their energy is depleted, they’re quiet and calm. Unless you’re a rabbit or a squirrel, they are a pretty chill breed who will lie at your feet when you’re relaxing at home. Sure, they like to play, and it’s great to engage your Greyhound with toys and fun, but you won’t need to throw a ball down a hallway for hours on end like the always-on Border Collie, for example.

Because Greyhounds are sighthounds (dogs who hunt by sight instead of by scent), they were bred to pursue game independently of their human hunting buddies. That means they have a rather independent streak, so proper training and early socialization will help them be well-mannered members of the family. That instinct to chase also means they don’t mix well with cats, but they generally do well with other dogs.

Greyhound Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 17 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Salukis are best suited for active pet parents who ideally live in quiet homes with a fenced yard. These handsome animals also do best in homes without other small animals (e.g. bunnies, hamsters, etc)...

Salukis are best suited for active pet parents who ideally live in quiet homes with a fenced yard. These handsome animals also do best in homes without other small animals (e.g. bunnies, hamsters, etc) or young or excitable children.

Saluki Temperament

The Saluki temperament is typically quiet and reserved. As such, this breed doesn’t tend to be super talkative; it’s rare to come across a Saluki who’s a big barker. They play well with other dogs, but they may be shy until they get to know a fam...

The Saluki temperament is typically quiet and reserved. As such, this breed doesn’t tend to be super talkative; it’s rare to come across a Saluki who’s a big barker. They play well with other dogs, but they may be shy until they get to know a familiar face. While they’re watchful animals who may alert you when something’s amiss at home, they’re a bit too delicate to be an effective guard dog. Despite high levels of intelligence, Salukis are also not typically employed as service or therapy dogs.

Salukis are usually gentle with children, but they may be sensitive to over-stimulation or excessive attention from very young or excitable kids. They aren’t likely to bite, but they’re also just not into being smothered with physical affection or in situations with handsy or rambunctious little ones. Lassie, the Saluki is not.

Another defining characteristic can by their standoffishness with strangers, even though they often become quite fond of those in the household. In fact, they tend to bond with one family member in particular. (Beware, you jealous types!) They can suffer from separation anxiety if this person leaves home for extended periods, so the ideal pet parent will be able to commit to consistent face-time in this relationship.

The loyal and companionable Saluki can make a wonderful family dog. That said, they’re not a fit for families with other small animals due to their strong prey drive and chase instincts, which are common in sighthounds. (If you’ve got a bunny or guinea pig that runs loose at home, a Saluki is not going to be a friendly roommate. Think “Odd Couple” of the mammalian set.) These traits also mean that Salukis need to be kept on a leash at all times unless they’re in a safe, enclosed space. Got a flimsy fence? That’s not gonna cut it with this breed. You’ll want one that’s at least six feet in height.

Saluki Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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