The elegant, aristocratic Saluki, also called the Persian Greyhound, Arabian Hound, Gazelle Hound, Saluqi, Tazi, El Hor (“The Noble One”) and The Royal Dog of Egypt, is one of the world's oldest domestic breeds. Some say that it dates back to a time before ancient Egypt, which was one of the earliest of all human civilizations. Its name probably comes from “Saluq,” a long-gone Arab town. Salukis are sighthounds that were bred by nomadic tribesmen to chase down, restrain and kill rabbit, fox, deer and even the swift gazelle. Desert-bred Salukis are still used for hunting in the Middle East and in the West. The Saluki was (and still is) prized for its keen eyesight, exceptional agility and remarkable speed. Their exotic looks – lean, graceful and feathered with the silkiest of coats - also make them popular show dogs. The Saluki may appear delicate, and to some even skinny, but this should not fool you into thinking that it is fragile. This is a powerful athlete with the strength and stamina to tirelessly cover uneven and dangerous terrain over great distances in pursuit of its pray.