Greyhound vs Saluki

Compare the Greyhound to the Saluki. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Greyhounds and Salukis.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Greyhound is an okay choice for new or inexperienced owners, but the Saluki is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Greyhound is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Greyhound is very easy to groom. The Saluki has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Greyhound bark/howls frequently. The Saluki rarely barks.
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Greyhound vs Saluki
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Tan Saluki
Breed NameGreyhoundSaluki
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height25-30 in.21-28 in.
Weight60-85 lb35-65 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryEgyptIraq
Origin Year4000 BC6000 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹65°F to 80°F50°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowHigh
Exercise RequiredLow-MediumVery High
Top Running Speed45 mph42 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingMediumLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountNoneLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameGreyhoundSaluki
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameGreyhoundSaluki
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
AlopeciaYesNo
BloatYesNo
CancerYesNo
CataractsYesNo
Cold IntoleranceYesNo
Heart MurmursYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
Musculoskeletal InjuriesYesNo
OsteoarthritisYesNo
OsteosarcomaYesNo
PannusYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Sensitivity To AnesthesiaYesNo
Vitreous DegenerationYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameGreyhoundSaluki
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black BrindleYesNo
Black Brindle & WhiteYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue & WhiteYesNo
Blue BrindleYesNo
Blue Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Blue FawnYesNo
Blue Fawn & WhiteYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn & WhiteYesNo
LiverYesNo
Liver & WhiteYesNo
Liver BrindleYesNo
RedYesYes
Red & WhiteYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red Brindle & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesYes
White & BlackYesNo
White & Black BrindleYesNo
White & BlueYesNo
White & Blue BrindleYesNo
White & Blue FawnYesNo
White & FawnYesNo
White & LiverYesNo
White & Liver BrindleYesNo
White & RedYesNo
White & Red BrindleYesNo
Black&tanNoYes
BrownNoYes
CreamNoYes
GrizzleNoYes
TanNoYes
Tri-colorNoYes